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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jose Antonio Torres Gualajo

Of all the cheap, pirated cd-rs i´ve picked up whilst in Colombia, the undoubted highlight would be an album by Jose Antonio Torres Gualajo called El Pianista de la Selva, in which he works his way through Pangos, Jugas and even some Rumbas.

My favourite is this Pango which opens the CD.

Also check this awesome Youtube video of him playing the Torbellino

Ayoba Remix Contest

Dem nice lot at Man Recordings are giving you the chance to remix Schlachthofbronx's excellent single Ayobaaaa.

“Ayoba!” by Schlachthofbronx feat. Spoek & Gnucci Banana has become a serious hit on dancefloors and blogs around the globe – now Man Recording gives you the chance to remix one of the big tunes of 2010!


1. Download the parts of the original here

2. Remix the song the way you like!

3. Upload your remix on the Sound Cloud drop box of Man Recordings and name it AYOBA! (your remixer name) and add “Ayoba Remix Contest” in the tags. The link to Man Recordings Dropbox is here

4. The winners will be selected by Man Recordings and streamed on this website.


1st prize: Official digital release on the “Ayoba Remix EP” alongside remixes by Ku Bo, Beataucue, Daniel Haaksman, Top Billin, Phon.O, Beware + Motorpitch amongst others. (Man 046, released March 1st)

2nd & 3rd prize: limited edition Man Rec surprise parcel + Schlachthofbronx T-Shirts.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT REMIX: 12th of February 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pike Pike

A big kuduro track I'm feeling right now is from Angola's Dj Patrick. He produced Agre G's Do Millindro and has done a nice number on this beat again with Agre G.

Dj Patrick Ft. Agre G - Pike Pike

A.J. Homes, Vamanos & The Hackney Empire This Saturday

A.J. Holmes and myself will be playing this Saturday at Cargo. Also a DJset from Sal P of New York punk funk legends, Liquid Liquid and live sets from Weave, Cissy and The Hackney Empire. Come shake off January.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Panama vs. Nigeria Part 2: The Jerk Off

Global trends really surprise me sometimes. It's amazing to see how far something goes when it really catches on. In a previous case study Vamanos pitted Panama vs. Nigeria in the Alien Vocal Wars. Well now let's see who wins with remixes of You're a Jerk.

Esto no puedo creer (Todo el Mundo Jerkeando!):

El Baile de Jerk-Suku Castro ft Anubikiss (Direct Download)

And Nigeria's entry:

AK48-Jerk Freestyle (Direct Download)

This one really isn't a contest to me. Panama kills this. But I'll let you be the judge. Who wins?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Street Bullies

Pic from Newsbiscuit

Heard this juggle on a local reggae station the otherday and can't believe I missed this riddim from last year. The Street Bullies riddim has a sleek funkiness to it that makes my cold bones want to skank a bit. Produced by the excellent Tony Kelly its kind of an old time riddim and voiced by some big people like Cecile, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Shaggy and some more.

Here are my picks.

Vybz Kartel - Slow Motion (Street Bullies riddim)

Cecile - Nah Stress Over Man (Street Bullies riddim)

Buy the whole ting on itunes or wherever.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Colombian Dancehall con Champeta!

Champeta dj(2)

Regular readers here will know that we are big fans of Colombian Champeta. Today at WFMU I posted a Colombian Dancehall tune with what I hear as Champeta influences, produced by DJ Buxxi, one of the big producers from the island of San Andres. I was put on to San Andres by the great Geko Jones back when he posted on its Spanish-English Creole culture and music scene after a trip to Colombia. This kind of stuff is exactly what I'm looking for these days, Reggaeton-Champeta-Dancehall blending well with the Hip Hop and Dancehall influenced hybrids currently busting out of West and East Africa.

DJ Buxxi & DJ Buñuelo-Rumba Loca feat. Eddy Jey & el Michel (Direct Download)

I also posted about the Nairobi group Just A Band, who's interesting videos combine with European and American influenced soundtracks, adding diversity to a vibrant urban music scene in Kenya.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Haiti Relief

I need to say little about the severity of the current situation in Port-au-Prince. Aid is obviously desperatley needed now.

Supporting Shelter Box is a great way to help. This disaster relief charity ships crates of vital items including tents, tool kits, water purification tablets and crayons to amuse kids.

There are numerous other charities that can also be supported but The Red Cross seems to be another way to helping aid to arrive where needed.

And to the music of Haiti.

The typical images of zombies, crazed witch doctors and human sacrifices in Hatian Voodoo are somewhat redundant in this age. Contemporary Voodoo music has it's heart in the percussive rhythms of the Nigerian tribal drumming, Afro-Cuban music and the ceremonial sounds of Brazilian Candomble. A few years ago Soul Jazz released a great compilation of recent Voodoo drumming music used as a method of releasing the spirits of voodoo into worshipers. This kind of music is rarely released or heard in the UK and it's intense but also pretty funky.

Drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinin - Congo (mediafire)

Buy Voodoo Drums (Soul Jazz Records)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Very Best 'Warm Heart of Africa' video


More high grade from Munich's SCHLACHTHOFBRONX out on Man Recordings. Regular readers here will know we're big fans of their twisted bavarian bounce, a massive tropical maelstrom of kuduro, baile funk, balkan and more. This track is from their new EP, AYOBA (South African slang word meaning "cool", "alright"). Featuring wicked vocals from the South African glam rap prince from Soweto, SPOEK MATHAMBO of SWEAT X and PLAYDOE and the female vocals of GNUCCI BANANA. This is a hammer.

Schlachthofbronx- Ayoba feat Spoek Mathambo & Gnucci Banana (Soundcloud)







Schlachthofbronx "Ayoba" feat. Spoek + Gnucci Banana from Man Recordings on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nollywood Gold

You might remember Osita Iheme & Chinedu Ikedieze from Twin Bothers.

Reggae Boys will be screened at the next Secousse on Friday 5th February.


Also check out Chelsea Vs Liverpool

Monday, January 11, 2010

Killamu 'A Minha Face'

The battering kuduro of Killamu's album, A Minha Face is out to buy (Itunes etc) today Akwaaba Music. A purchase is strongly recommended. We posted a track from the album recently but right now you can hear even more. Akwaaba's DJ BBRAVE has mixed cuts from the album together in one sweet podcast.

DJ BBRAVE-Killamu Mixtape (direct download)

And check out this awesome video of Killamu talking about Kuduro in Angola.

Killamu: 10 years of kuduro in Angola from Akwaaba Music on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tongan Pentecostal Gospel and Soul

My friend David is a pretty incredible guy. Not only did he spend November and December somewhere in the middle of the Pacific recording the world's deepest ocean sounds but on his way back he took time out in Tonga to record this awesome Pentecostal Gospel and Soul Choir.

Check out the recording below and read David's thought's here

Tongan Pentecostal Choir

Friday, January 08, 2010

Hello My Baby

As promised, a selection from Nairobi.

Chiwawa-Hey Baby (Direct Link)

A rap song by Chiwawa out of Nairobi (from which area?) I really like rap in Swahili. I think it just bumped French on the list of my favorite rap languages. Also, this song is sampling my favorite Ladysmith Black Mambazo song. I think I tried to make a beat out of the same song at one point. Check the video:

Good old World Music 1.0.

Dutty Artz vs. Slayers Club & Tormenta Tropical

The Slayers Club is a San Francisco crew of DJ's and MC's who were doing a Global Bass night every Thursday at Little Baobab in 2009. Now both Little Baobab and Slayers Club are moving on to bigger things for 2010, and you can catch both in there 2010 clothes tomorrow night at Baobab Village in San Francisco (next door to Little Baobab) when Taliesen, The Crooked Clef, and I will be bringing the Dutty Artz to the party.

Come check us out tomorrow Fri, January 8th.

Then on Saturday it's time once again for Tormenta Tropical with DJ Jess Jubilee from New York.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Afrikan Boy - Lagos Town video

Secousse friend, London's Afrikan Boy is dropping his album later this year and its already a banger with productions from Diplo, Radioclit, Zakee Kuduro and more. This is the brand new video for Lagos Town which we're loving.

Afrikan Boy - Lagos Town from afrikanboy on Vimeo.

Elijah & Skilliam

For me, Elijah & Skilliam have been playing easily the hottest grime last year. Their Rinse shows have been my favourite on the whole station, mostly because they mix up styles hard - Non stop dubplates, vocals, not too much chat. Basically awesome DJs who you need to give big props for keeping grime sounding fresh and funky. Look out for new stuff coming out on their Butterz label this year with releases from Swindle and Terror Danjah. Also check their grime review of 2009

Bookmark >>>>>>>> Butterz

Their latest mix is an incredible way to start the year.

Elijah & Skilliam - '01012010' Mix (mediafire)

Swindle - Open Your Mind (Butterz)
Royal T - Hot Ones Remix (Unreleased)
Terror Danjah - Acid (Hyperdub)
Swindle - 'Trending Topic' (Butterz)
DVA feat P Money - Wind It Up (No Right Turn)
Rude Kid - Absolut Vodka (No Hats No Hoods)
DOK & Terror Danjah - Hysteria (Butterz)
Swindle - Air Miles (????)
Silencer - Miss Asia (Wow Bass Level 3)
Joker - Output One Two (Tectonic)
Rude Kid & Terror Danjah - The Best Crawler (No Hats No Hoods)
Tempa T - Boy Off The Ting (No Hats No Hoods)
Terror Danjah - Bipolar (Butterz)
OGZ - Hot Ones (Deeco Remix)
Maniac - Lengman Tune (Unreleased)
Terror Danjah - Sidechain (Swindle Remix) (Planet Mu)
SRC - Powerman 9 (Unreleased)
DOK - Keep Making Grime (Unreleased)
Rude Kid - Electric (Earth 616)
J Beatz - Life & Death (SCUK)
Terror Danjah - Air Bubble (Butterz)
Starkey - Ok Love (Planet Mu)
????? - ?????? (Teaser)

Merchants of Nairobi

Ocassionally we post some excellent photography. Previously we've had the work of Barbara Wagner in Brazil, Tunchi in Peru (and some of my snaps in Nicaragua which are far from excellent but of similar tone).

The new book by Steve Bloom documents the fragile economic situation of businessmen and women of Nairobi, but as the book explains its a

"tribute to the creativity and generosity of the human spirit. It is also timely, for it depicts a world that is changing fast. Hand-painted hoardings are rapidly being obliterated by advertisements for mobile phone networks and other expanding brands. While that is good news for some of the people we meet here, it adds an extra poignancy to this celebration of the resourcefulness and resilience of their lives".

How Did I Forget How Good David Banner is

And this video is pretty sweet.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Maga Bo Outras Terras Mixtape

Everyone knows Maga Bo never fails to deliver with his mixes. Outras Terras is another stormer. The globe trotting beat wizard has produced every track on it, with an excellent selection of guests including BNegão (Rio de Janeiro), Ghislain Poirier (Montreal), Jahdan Blakkamoore (Brooklyn), Filastine (Barcelona), Pacheko (Caracas), Fletcher (Cape Town), Dr. Das (London), Matona (Zanzibar), Abena Koomson (NYC), Teba (Cape Town), Xuman (Dakar), Speed Freaks (Rio de Janeir)o and many more.

Maga Bo - Outras Terras Mixtape

1. "Ê Boi (Maga Bo Remix)" Coco Raízes de Arcoverde (Unreleased)

2. "E Daí feat. Speed Freaks" Sonar Calibrado (Maga Bo and Filastine) (12" Shockout)

3. "B'tallah (Maga Bo Remix)" Filastine (12" Post World Industries - forthcoming)

4. "Alesh feat. Jawad" Sonar Calibrado (Filastine and Maga Bo) (12" Shockout)

5. "Longa Nahawand feat. Mohammed Issa Matona" Maga Bo (Soot Records)

6. "Se Liga feat. Mario Z" Sonar Calibrado (Maga and Filastine) (12" Shockout)

7. "Boucan (Maga Bo Remix of Dr. Das Bhajni Ragga Remix))" Pitcho (Unreleased)

8. "Aunty Adoley (Maga Bo vs. Sabo Remix)" X-Pensive Nframa (Akwaaba - forthcoming)

9. "Maga Traz a Lenha feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore" Maga Bo (Unreleased)

10. "El Critica (Maga Bo Remix)" Petrona Martinez (Unreleased)

11. "Kizomba; A Festa das Raças feat. BNegão" Maga Bo (Unreleased)

12. "Alleyways" Fletcher Meets Maga Bo feat. Neon Don (African Dope Records)

13. "Ransom (Pacheko Remix)" Maga Bo (Senseless Records - forthcoming)

14. "Earthshaking" Jahdan Blakkamoore (Produced by Maga Bo) (Duty Artz/Gold Dust)

15. "Nqayi feat. Teba" Maga Bo (Soot Records/African Dope Records)

16. "Wha La La Leng feat. Face-T (Maga Bo Remix) Poirier (Ninja Tune - forthcoming)

17. "La Paix feat. Xuman" Maga Bo (Unreleased)

18. "Rise Again feat. Abena Koomson" Jahdan Blakkamoore (Produced by Maga Bo) (Dutty Artz/Gold Dust)

Saturday, January 02, 2010


Yet another supreme compilation from Soundway, Tumbélé! reaps a great collection of songs from The French caribbean islands of Martinique & Guadeloupe during 1963-74. The jagged driving funk of these tracks is alarming. A crazy concoction of French, African, latin, calypso and local Biguine flavours. Hard island funk, scattering tumbling drums and an urgency thats as unpredictable as it is raucous.

"The deep and introspective sounds of Monsieur Dolor and Guadeloupean hero Robert Loison show the deep African roots of the music – songs born out of the plantations, with an insistent rhythm and mournful vocals that are unique to these islands."

Abel Zénon - Pas O Soué La (zshare)

Buy the cd or digital

Mexican Bass Studies

Pic: MesoAmerica

This has been up at a few places but in case you didn't get it - Monterrey's finest Toy Selectah hits back with a sweet remix of the infectious new Vampire Weekend single, Cousins. Seems a notable Mexican/central American influence on their new album from the first single, Horchata, to the album title, Contra and even the drummer wearing a Chivas shirt in the video below.

Vampire Weekend - Cousinz (Toy Selectah RMX)

And I can't wait to go back to Mexico in March. Tribal Guarachero, Pasito durangese and of course cumbia are high on my hunting list.

Old Vamanos colleagues, Hammer & Tongs have made an awesome video for the single. Big ups to Dom, Nick and Garth.

Soul of Rap Folk

I posted this song last week at WFMU's Beware of the Blog. Senegalese Rap group Bideew Bou Bess comes with a nicely sung folk rock tune.

Bideew Bou Bess - Baije Hias