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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pretoria Traffic Blocking

FACT interview DJ Mujava. Read here.

'His uniqueness would certainly help explain his unusual rise to fame in his home city, spurred on by local taxi drivers who, having heard his tunes through his DJ sets on local community radio, would drive to his house and beg for tapes. They then played the tracks incessantly to their (literally) captive audiences.'

Facing The Day('N'Night)

An exclusive sneak preview of a MASSIVE track from the new Ghislain Poirier mixtape.

Using the beat from Crooker's Remix of Kid Cudi's Day ‘N’ Nite, Face-T (see pic) talks hard.

Face-T - Set The Trend (pre-mixed with Kid Cudi)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Carnival 2008

pic by James Hill Flickr

Carnival was Heavy this year. One of the best.

Especially as I managed to completely avoid Good Times and every single Funky House soundsystem. We raped the free bar at the Mad Decent do, which was  a lot of fun - free bar, food & toilets is pretty unheard of at carnival.
Toddla T set it off with a set of jungle carnival classics. When Super Sharp Shooter is the First tune you hear, you know its gonna be a good day.

He was followed by the awesome Rusko who rinsed a set of nail gun dubstep hammers like this one

Here's a 20 min mix he did a few months back.

Although for me, Heatwave played the set of the day. Big shout out to Gabriel for dropping anthem after anthem. My tune of the day  was the immense Click Mi Finger by Erup. Which they posted here. Proper Bashment carnival Bombs. 

I think Santogold sang Creator and Major Lazer (Diplo & Switch) hosted an awesome pa of Siverlink's The Message Is Love

Radioclit's afterparty
 was thankfully chilled and I heard Man Recording's Dan Haaksman play some excellent baile funk before somehow getting home. Then I don't remember. 

Notting Hill Carnival is a life affirming party for anyone. And after the summer we've had, it was damn needed. 

Friday, August 22, 2008

Many Lessons: Islamic Hip Hop in Africa

For me, the African Hip Hop Compilation Many Lessons is a great way to hear new tracks from some of my favorite West African Hip Hop artists.

I've had the chance to DJ for the group Gokh-Bi System who are now based out of Western Massachusetts (Myspace/Buy), and love their track featured on this album.

Gokh-Bi System-In God We Trust

As English speakers can tell by the refrain in the chorus, there is a profound spirituality in the music of this compilation. The idea behind this album is songs that unify Islam and Hip Hop in Africa. When I was in college I attended the Hip Hop Generation Conference at the University of Wisconsin. I remember being really moved by an essay written by a fellow student about his experience as a Muslim hip hop head of Middle Eastern descent in the U.S. He also wrote about the historical connection between Hip Hop and Islam, and how it helped him feel more comfortable and find identity in U.S. society. I searched for this article online and couldn't find it, but there are others who have reflected on the same subject.

This album takes the connection of Hip Hop and Islam and places it back in the context of places where Islam is a big influence on everyday life. I loved witnessing prayer time on Friday afternoon in downtown Dakar, when all the banks closed and the downtown city streets filled with people of all backgrounds and races and their prayer mats, all kneeling and praying in unison. Not to get too Malcolm X visits Mecca on ya'll, but Islam is a religion that I have a great respect for.
These rappers have managed to integrate the love of their religion into their music and although Freeway, a Muslim rappers in the U.S. talks about being conflicted between his job and his spirituality, these rappers do not worry about the struggle between the orthodoxy of their religion and their position in the greater society.

You can pick these tracks up at the label website Piranha Records, Calabash Music, or I'm sure elsewhere on the Webernet.

Here's another favorite (with a Mbalax twist):

Gaston featuring Niagass-Jeuf Jel Leu

A Band Called Beaten By Them

I know this is not the usual Ghetto Bassquake fare, but with Vamanos' permission I wanted to a little self-promo for a project I am a part of called Beaten By Them.

We are on tour right now in the U.S., so if we are in your town, stop by and say what up!

For a a text version of our schedule (if you can't see the flyer above) and a little background on how I ended up playing cello for an experimental rock band check out this post.

Check out these two tracks from our LP, now available at shows, and getting a wider release later this year.

Pioneer 10


Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Parisian Melting Pot

Making me want to move to Paris, Coupe Decale evolving, a new Super Group?!? African Tonik.  The African Rap man of the hour, Mokobe of 113 with Mohamed Lamine an African Dance regular, are blending genres more and more this time with the great Mory Kante!  And is that DJ Arafat Coupe Decaling!?!

Shout out to Messenjah Sounds for pointing out the video.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mef and Friends

I'm playing some old school tunes tomorrow at the premier party for a new film called The Wackness with Mr.Thing & Shortee Blitz. Looking forward to dusting off some of those classic beats again. Here's one for ya'll.

Lil Kim ft Jay Z - Big Momma Thang

Friday, August 15, 2008

Da Funk

Todd Edwards is the Godfather of UK Garage, Bassline, Speed Garage and general jacking heaviness. Without his beats, Daft Punk and so many others would never have sounded so good...

How can you remix Nina Simone?

This is maybe my favourite remix by him. The Cut-to-fuck edits make this a hellova tune. It loops, it chops, it filters, It BUMPS so sweet & hard. Ridiculously ahead of its time.

Songstress - See Line Woman '99

New Yorkers, you are in luck. Saturday night he is doing a very special, one off, 2 hour set at The Knitting Factory.

DOORS 10PM / $10 ADV / $15 DOS

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Akwaaba Means Welcome

Vacation. I love it. Even being a tourist, when I hate it. I just got back from Hawaii.

After participating in a great discussion I went to the beach, and didn't touch a computer for 10 days. No, it wasn't the discussion that drove me to that.

A friend and partner of mine is releasing an album soon and starting a label for African music, specializing in contemporary youth and urban scenes like Coupe Decale, Hiplife, Reggae, Hip Hop, and also more traditional griot musics.

The money goes half direct to the artists in Africa, so folks... put your money where your mouth is, cause that's the universal language for appreciation! :) Right now first release date is looking more like early October, but there are sound examples at the myspace, and artist info, and I'll put some tracks up soon!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Summertime CoolOut part 1

Its true that Stone Love only wheel out the real tune.

Stone Love MoveMent Inna St. Anns 2008 - Roots

This track is actually this by Etana.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Go Ballistic

Another pure class airhorn cArNiVaL anthem from Ghislain Poirier.

Ghislain Poirier feat. MC Zulu - Go Ballistic (Toddla T & Duckbeats Remix)

Its out soon on Ninja Tune with more remixes from King Cannibal and Tony-O.