There is a new Ohangla sound in Kenya, and i am so addicted. Traditionally the music and dance for serious ceremonies of the Luo, it has recently gained cross tribal popularity all over the country, and performed for pure fun.
and here is a Benga one, noticeably different:
This year’s Wasser Musik Festival in Berlin at the end of July / beginning of August has the theme of Invisible Continent, and feature some great shows from various corners of the Pacific Ocean from Colombia to Thailand. Here are my picks:
Afro Beets is the hottest new musical genre on the planet.
Just kidding, Afro Beets is not a genre. And neither is Afro Beats, the rather silly name coined by some UK radio dj to hype his show that seems to have stuck. What we really have here is Electronic Pop and Dance music from West Africa, specifically Hiplife and modern Highlife from Ghana, and Naija Jams from Nigeria (with a touch of Coupe Decale from the Ivory Coast and South African House for good measure).
The term “Afro Beats” has the most tenuous of links to its reference – Ice Prince has not much to do, musically, thematically, anything-cally, with Fela Kuti. About the only link between “Afro Beats” and the Afro-Funk/Soul/Rock of the 1970s, what is known as Afro Beat, is the same place of origin. While the differences are many: 70s Afro Beat was of course Funk and Blues based, while these new styles use beats related to Afro-House and Reggaeton, bass-lines from Highlife and Rumba, vocals a mix of local styles and Jamaican Dancehall and American R’n’B/Rap, with healthy doses of techno-rave energy. While 1970s Afrobeat often spread conscious political messages which passionately spoke of social realities and the struggle against oppression, these new forms of pop music deliver an entirely hedonistic message which passionately speak about glamour, escape, sex, and money.
Purist of both the musical and political variety, please let go of your seriousness and get with the serious boogie. To the “Drum Machines Have No Soul” type i say don’t forget that the 70s musicians you worship all embraced the latest technologies and sounds of their day. To people who take issue with the materialism this music espouses, from a dj thoroughly dedicated to anti-capitalism: dance music, with its anarchic celebration of pleasure and wanton disregard for the law, is always in essence, if not on the surface, anti-authoritarian; and partying, even in these bleak times, can still be an insurrectionary activity, disruptive of hum-drum consumerist routine.
But whatever. Love it or leave it. And whatever we call it, if it even is an “it”, the sweet grooves and irresistible hooks of this action packed music is not only the perfect summer party soundtrack, but simply the most uninhibited fun your money can buy, anywhere.
Though of course this download is free
P.S. Track 21, called Azonto Decale, is by the Focus Allstars, a pan-African musical force which grew out of the Focus Organization. If you are in London they do proper events (next one tomorrow Friday 21 of June): ymlp.com/ziZL7k
01 Artquake – Alanta Instrumental Intro
02 P-Square – Trowey!
03 J Martins ft. Fally Ipupa – Jupa Global Remix
04 Nhyiraba Kojo ft. Sammy – Baba God
05 Ghana Blast – Odwa (Raggao)
06 Obour ft. Morris She & Batman – Konkonti Baa
07 Unknown – Unknown
08 FBS ft. Tinny – Oldman Boogey Remix
09 Bradez & Ephraim – Ego Bee
10 X-Pensive Nframa – Aunty Adoley
11 Baby Jet – African Woman
12 Side 1 – One By One
13 Ruff n Smooth ft. S.K. Blinks – Azingele
14 Bigiano – Eyin’ Temi
15 Ephraim – Follow Follow
16 Stay J – Shashee Wowo (Kaxtro Remix)
17 D’banj – Oliver Twist
18 D’banj – Oliver Twist (Uhuru Remix)
19 Edem – Over Again
20 Joey B, Gary, and E.L. – Ice Cream Girl
21 Focus Allstars – Azonto Decale
22 P-Square – Danger
23 AQ – Wahala Dey
24 Sarkodie ft. E.L. – U Go Kill Me
25 Obumpa Rek, Austine B. Agaspa – U Go Kill Me Version
26 Olamide – First of All
27 Dr. Slim ft. Double – Seke (prod. by Eyoh Soundboy)
28 E.L. – Obuu Mo
29 Blaka – Tozo
30 E.L. ft. Appietus & Geelex – Bend Ya Body
31 Guru ft. Edja – Lapas Toyota
32 Guantoa – Asore Party
33 Double – Walai Talai
34 Unknown – K
35 Double 5.5 – Uhm Ahh
36 Dee Moneey – Kpokpo O Body
37 T.I.V. – Beremole
38 Lil Shaker – Pressure Sorrr
39 Kojo Antwi – Osebo
Finally after all this time the video is finished! Boom Boom Boom Boom BOOOOOM!!!!
audio: 1 hour studio edit of the complete 3 hour live set:
Under the pavement, the beach, and after Apocalypse, a possible rebirth: these cut-up, mashed-up, re-edited and dubbed out rhythms from different corners of the earth as well as time periods, may form an image, a model, an interconnected rhyzomatic map of our collective hybridized, poly-cultural, high-tech and egalitarian future, where difference is not merely tolerated, but respected and valued, where without loss of individual character, seemingly separate histories, narratives, and cultures cross pollinate and fuse in surprising yet harmonious ways.
01 Francis Bebey – Forest Nativity X Mesak – Postuumi-1
02 Francis Bebey – Flute Aria X Joey Suki – Apster – Stick it
03 Unknown Burkina Faso - Djembe & Drums X Anton Kemmeren – Zorros Fighting Legion
04 Ja Fun Mi X dj Harvey-Drum Groove
05 Speranza X Sideshow Bottletop Dub
06 Unknown Degung Instrumental Bali X Twilight Circus Dub Sound System – 808 vod
07 Sindhi Music Ensemble – Thari Lok Geet X Badawi – Jihad
08 Chemirani Rizzo Montanaro – Balo Tondo (Zhao Edit)
09 Unknown – Pressure Sliding X Moto – Gucci
10 Bilal Abdurahman – Greek Holiday – Clarine, Darabuka, Tambourine X Omar S – Busaru Beats
11 MahndiMadhorama Pencha – Madan Bata Sindhu X Team Shadetek – Yoga Riddim
12 Small Island Pride – Federation (Dj Zhao solidarity Edit)
13 Unknown – Initiation Song and Jews Harp X Aardvaerck – Untitled
14 Tunng_VS_Taraf De haidouks – Homecoming_X Aardvaerck – Untitled
15 Sakou Si Bory – Aminata W X El Macho X Mastiksoul – El Macho Ben Tactic Edit
16 Kasambwe Brothers – Kasambwe Brothers X Negghead – Build it Up (break it down mix)
17 Dub Colossus – Shegye Shegitu (One Drop Mix) X Andy Stott – See In Me
don’t have time for cover art and little write ups, so you will have to deal with the list dump style of this post (cover art and sometimes scans of liner notes should be in most archives). Includes 2 versions of the much sought after and rare Dogon vinyl, with substantial differences in tracklisting, which among the first wave of awesome recordings was never reissued on CD.
For the uninitiated, OCORA was one of, if not the, most well researched and presented labels which dealt with indigenous sounds from all over the earth, and i made the promise, which i still do intend on keeping, of making the entire past catalog of 500+ recordings available on this blog. there has been quite a few South Asian and African posts already, just look for it. To be continued.
For more Ocora awesomeness, head over to Aaseance.
- [ocora] Africa Burkina Faso – Pays Lobi Xylophone de Funerailles
- [ocora] Africa Burkina Faso Pays Lobi
- [ocora] Africa Congo – Cérémonie du Bobé
- [ocora] Africa Congo Polyphonies Mongo OCR 53
- [ocora] Africa Côte d’Ivoire_ Musique Gouro OCR 48
- [ocora] Africa Ethiopie – Musiques Vocales Et Instrumentales
- [ocora] Africa Guinée – Récits et Épopées (ocora)
- [ocora] Africa Les Dogon
- [ocora] Africa Madagascar – Pays Bara
- [ocora] Africa Madagascar Valiha_OCR 18
- [ocora] Africa Mali – La Nuit des Griots
- [ocora] Africa Mali Les Dogon OCR 33
- [ocora] Africa Niger – Chasseurs du Dallol Mawri
- [ocora] Africa togo – orchestres et lithophones kabiye 2005
- [ocora] Africa Uganda Musique des Baganda
“Heart of Light” – the last words uttered publicly by democratically elected first president of newly independent Congo Patrice Lumumba at his inauguration address, 3 months before his murder by Belgium and CIA, because he dared to oppose the Western forces of oppression and planned to keep the wealth of the Congo for the Congo. Freedom and hope was killed in 1961, with disastrous consequences that last until today, but The Heart of Light can never die…
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Rumba traveled back to Africa via Cuba and Haiti in the 40s and 50s, later developing into Soukous, arguably peaking in the 60s and 70s, and lived on well into the 90s with a more streamlined and modern sound. This mix is only a tiny slice of this glorious sound from the later periods: 4 on the floor, with enough bass for modern dance floors. Excluded are examples from the ocean of older, incredibly varied recordings, of supreme beauty and artistic merit but many of which sadly have poor sound quality, as the best musicians in the world were, and are, often recording under the worst conditions and with the worst equipment.
Despite being the biggest African music export in history, African Rumba is still criminally under exposed in the Northern Hemisphere. Yet this music is crucial, and should be very important to anyone interested in Dance Music, anyone interested in Pop, in Rock, in Soul, in Jazz, in Funk, in Reggae, etc. Objectively speaking, in terms of raw musicianship, in terms of composition and arrangement, and if we break down the rhythms and melodies to mathematical patterns and study them, these highly evolved structures are perfectly designed and executed in every way.
I grew up with Industrial Noise, Punk, and Metal, and it wasn’t until my late 20s/early 30s until i was emotionally mature enough to appreciate amazing sounds like this. Please leave your cynicism at the door and embrace this music, for the truth is, something Africans have known all along, that ultimately the most powerful revolutionary force, of which the powers are afraid, is not anger — it is love.
01 Sam Mangwana – Liwa Ya Niekesse
02 Orchestra Makassy – Kufulisika Sio Kilema
03 Papa Noel – Bel Ami
04 Kosmos Moutouari – Liberte
05 4 Stars – Mayanga
06 Kanda Bongo Man – Ebeneza
07 Mpongo Love = Femme Commerçante
08 Unknown – Zoum
09 Sam Mapangala – Dunia Tuna Pita (We’re Just Passing Through the World)
10 Kanda Bongo Man – J.T.
11 Bilenge Musica Du Zaire – Wazazi Wangu
12 Empire Bakuba – Nazingi Maboko
13 Alain Kounkou – Soukouss Grands Effets
14 Nyboma – Maya
15 Elali – Mawa (Ngai Mawa)
16 Synthez – Virée aux Antilles
17 Fifi Map – Libala Ya Bomwana
18 Africa Maestro – Na Decide
19 Bicko Tchéké – C’est chic
20 Kanda Bongo Man – Sango
21 Meiway – Nanan
22 Luambo Lwanza Makiadi & L’Orchestre TPOK Jazz (Franco) – Casier Judiciare
4 events coming up to ask ancient African gods for sunshine and warmth.
AFRICAINE 808 – ( W.T. Records/ Vulkandance ) (LIVE)
current release : http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15094-africaine-808-tummy-tummy/
DJ ZHAO – ( Ngoma collective / Bejing )
DJ NOMAD – (Vulkandance)
DJ Zhao (Ngoma, Beijing/Los Angeles)
“Norouz” is the Persian New Year and the Spring Festival, so expect a night heavy on North African and Middle Eastern vibes! (sponsored by http://www.deutsch-plus.de)
Main Floor – Afrobeats, Hip hop, RnB, Dancehall
DJ Steve-N (Düsseldorf)
DJ Cambel Nomi ( Stuttgart)
DJ Zyto (Berlin)
Hosted by U-Gin
Mini Floor – Afrohouse
DJ Zhao (Beijing/L.A.)
NGOMA Soundsystem featuring:
DJ Zhao (Ngoma/Beijing)
DJ Nomad (Vulkandance/Berlin)
Marcel, percussion/drums (Tropicfusion)
Kovo M22 on mic and mbira
Tamara and her dancing monkeys
entry will be 8 euros (together with the big room), so send me your guest list requests early, to – ngomasound at gmail. we have some free and many half price spots.
Address: 14-16 Twist Street,Johannesburg
Thath’i Cover Orkestra
Dj Zhao (Ngoma / DRUM / Berlin / BeiJing)
Mma Tseleng (JHB)
R65 pre-sale tickets
R80 at the door
‘Track Record’ forms part of ‘Call & Response’ – a project that marks Keleketla! Library’s five-year practice with a series of interventions, screenings, exhibitions, conversations and performances in February 2013. The project aims to re-visit the Keleketla archive of work produced over the last five years to imagine the changing nature of libraries and knowledge dissemination, realised in partnership with the Goethe-Institut South Africa and with additional support from the Department of Community Development/Arts, Culture and Heritage, City of Joburg.
Funds raised through the concert will support future programmes at Keleketla!
Rougher and tougher twin of the previous DRUM volume, Amandla explores the somber and serious side of contemporary electronic dance music from South Africa and Angola. In 2013 capitalist brainwashing and new waves of cultural and economic imperialism replaces the overtly oppressive policies of Apartheid and colonialism; inequity, injustice, and corruption still pandemic on the African continent; but the indestructible beat of Soweto, Pretoria and Luanda lives on. These new urban sounds express the frustration, longing, joy and hope of a new generation, the continuing struggle and POWER of the people. Rhythm as a weapon, music as a weapon: a real weapon in the concrete sense. Africa! Mayibuye! Amandla!
01 Osunlade feat. Bajka – Argy (Stripped Mix)
02 Dj Vinny Q feat. Minister – Amazulo (Wave Drumz Calling)
03 Dj Vetkuk Vs Mahoota – Istokvela
04 Afrikan Roots ft. Buckz – Sesha
05 Dj Vetkuk & Mahoota
06 Infinite Boys – Cina
07 DJ Djeff feat. Maskarado – Elegom Bounsa (Filipe Narciso Deepduro Remix)
08 Onyenze – Ogidi (Djeff & Silyvi Remix)
09 Spikiri – Follow Me
10 Dj Malvado feat. Eddy Tussa – Zenze (Maphorisa n Clap Uhuru Remix)
11 Strong Root feat. Zulu – Matimba (Dj Hp Afro Mix)
12 Dj Satellite – Boss In Beat (Original Mix)
13 Black Motion ft Zulu – Bhana Shilolo (Dj Satelite Remix)
14 Black Motion – Banane Mavoko
15 Dj Dorivaldo Mix e Dj Helio Baiano ft. Maya – Ãtabomeky (BokoyÃ©bate)
16 Dj Znobia – Baza
17 Dj Znobia – Africa
18 Cabo Snoop – Windeck (Black Motion Remix)
19 Dj Malvado – Ka-Tuki
20 Big Nuz – Serious
FRIDAY 8th FEB. 2013
DJ My Therapist
£7 tickets in advance HERE
£10 on the door
Ancient songs from the Gnawa tradition about mysterious women, men that divide oceans and armies of soul conquerers weave themselves among enormous infectious grooves, analogue effects and warped guitars. The sound of the camel skin Guembri and Lagnawi’s impressive vocals will transport you to another world as the band boil relentlessly through a range of beautifully unearthly grooves. Expect inexhaustible energy, moments of soulful calm and pinnacles of ecstatic mayhem, plus some dance moves, you’ve definitely never seen before.”
Formed in London in 2009, Awalé is a reflection of London’s multiculturalism. With members from Tunisia, Cuba, France, Slovakia and England, influences come in turn from Afrobeat, Balkan music,
North African Amazigh music, Congolese Rhumba, Ethio Funk, Jazz and Cuban music, blended in their unique style. Through their music they take the audience on a journey across continents celebrating diversity and hope for mutual understanding of different cultures. The name Awalé, meaning “love each other”, comes from an ancient African game played in hundreds of versions around the world. Like the game, the music is played in turns and cycles of various length which echo themselves, sometimes very intricately and sometimes in unison. Heavily horn based, with the colour and excitement of 70′s funk and with Balkan inspired odd time signatures and melodies.
DJ Zhao brings the best contemporary and classic dance music together from wildly different times and places, with focus on Africa. Informed of up-to-the-minute global street styles such as Afro-Electro, Angolan-House, Kuduro, Coupe Decale, Naija, Rai, and Cumbia, as well as drawing upon the wealth of sonic traditions worldwide such as Juju, Gwo Ka, Rumba, Taraab, and Persian Classical, Dj Zhao fuses ancestral rhythms and urban bass pressure. Amateur ethno-musicologist and professional booty shaker, Dj Zhao is an International Sound Ambassador not only talking about, but demonstrating through raw sound experience, the underlying unity of all earth cultures.
DJ My Therapist
A short while back I, admittedly, visited DJ Yoda in the DJ booth to find out about what track he was playing a few too many times. Only to be welcomed with “Why don’t you go and get your own f**king tunes!”
I started building a deep vault of funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae, breaks and drum ‘n’ bass to provide all the best people with all the best music that I could find and the collection keeps on growing. I’ve played at Glastonbury, Bestival, Lovebox, Shambala, Secret Garden, Standon Calling and am a regular fixture keeping the crowd rocking before and after every OneTaste and Beatroot Rendez-Vous gig. Come up and ask me what I’m playing any time, I’ll be proud to tell you.
Sat 9 February 8pm till late
at RICH MIX
£10 adv, £12 door, £5 concs or student / Main Space / Standing
Many things make NUMBI an extraordinary, transformative night out. The funky music: the sexy, vivacious dancing: the stunning performers culled from Funk Town, a place where spoken word, sinuous grooves and straight badassery collide to create an irresistible mix. The next NUMBI is no different.
This time we’re celebrating Afropunk and giving you a chance to truly rock out and express yourself on the dance floor. We’ve got the sultry sounds of chanteuse, Miryam Solomon. We’ve got the vibrant, shake-your-tail feather rhythms of Bronzehead, the band that puts the funk in punk!
We’ve got the linguistic sexiness of writer and artist, Diriye Osman, who will be hosting the evening. The incredible Zena Edwards, Malaika Booker, Elmi Ali our poets for the night tasked with bring you the word complete with mohawks. We’ve got the ultra-fabulous choreographer and dancer, Funmi Adewole doing her thing with the often imitated, never duplicated DJ Bradley Zero. Our special guest Dj Zhao to take you to the Afropunk 2light.
And to kick it all off the Numbi Film Corner is Back with a super special screening of Documentary Film PUNK IN AFRICA directed by Keith Jones and Deon Maas.
This edition in the Ngoma Mix Series focuses on new 125 bpm African Electronic Dance Music. As i have argued in the “Real Roots of Kwaito” piece for This Is Africa, American and European Disco, House, and Hiphop were crucially influential in the beginning stages of development of post-Apartheid South African urban music, but since then SA House and Kwaito have matured and grown into its own skin, much more an extension of indigenous rhythm cultures than related to “Western” dance music. For example the beat patterns in these tracks are distinctly different: the constant off-beat high hats found in the US and Europe are almsot entirely absent; and with much more rich and developed rhythm elements and very different emphasis, this music should probably be thought of as simply new African dance music, with not much to do with what is traditionally known as “House” or “Techno” at all.
Selections come mainly from South Africa and Angola, with lots of percussion, many balafons, a touch of jazz, some diasporic elements from Cuba and Colombia, couple tunes made in Spain, and a shot of Nigerian Pop at the peak. This is the first part, relatively bright in feel: stay tuned for DRUM 2 – the dark side.
01 Dj Shimza & Cuebur Ft 340ml – Let The Sunshine (Reprise)
02 Invaders Of Africa – Impi Yamakhanda
03 Culoe De Song – Tsonga Song
04 Pro Tee – Thee Broken Keys
05 Dj Small Jon – Return Of the Drum
06 Black Motion feat. Nqobi – Second Thoughts
07 Dr Ada T feat. Muzaic – Ewe
08 Jason Cheiron – Primal
09 Monocles, Slezz – Umba Kayo (Dj Alpha Kazu Dub)
10 Mbuandje – Mbuandja (Reprise) + Zozo – Totos Dance
11 Pablo Fierro – Agua (Nuevayorkquinas Mix)
12 Pablo Fierro – Sandulivi
13 Kosha Roots – Revival
14 Homeboyz Muzik – Samburu (Jungle Drums Original)
15 Dj Ad feat ZB E PJ – Patagoloza
16 Heavy K feat. Sarah Webster- The Gun Song (A Lesson Twice Learned Edit)
17 Lvovo – Original
18 3G Music – Vagabos
19 Pinto Dos Santos – Ma’e
20 Dj Kapiro & Mad Aksoul – Akanela (Oliver Twist Theme) + Estelle ft. D’banj – Oliver Twist (Remix)
21 Big Nuz – Rockafella
22 Franklin Rodriques – Para Na Wey
23 The Busy Twist – LDN Luanda
24 Dj Satellite & Dj Patrick – Malembe, Malembe
25 Boddhi Satva feat. Mangala Camara – Nankoumandjan (Dekalstrumental Mix)
From slow meditative burners to dizzying fast numbers, Kushal Das’ every phrase is clearly pronounced, the celestial and crystalline music has an orderly, intellectual feel – simply beautiful.
Sitar playing of a very different character than the above recording: in a lower register, much more visceral and emotionally expressive, with more grit and texture – alternating between long bluesy passages and crazy drunken (but always poetic) rants. (new 320k file added! thanks to comrade Morgen)
A cappella songs of love and devotion by mainly male, and 2 femail, vocalists in a steady and evenly paced manner, never venturing into cries of passion or lapse into melancholy. Not sure if the love expressed is sacred or profane, but it is for sure of an eternal nature. (musically not one of my favorites)
Performed according to the principles of the Kirana Gharana school of singing, this amazing woman takes us on an epic dreamlike inward journey during the course of this double CD.
Kutiyattam is a 2000 years old form of Sanskrit theatre, traditionally performed in Hindu temples of the state of Kerala. Musically this is pretty wild stuff: intense percussion with dramatic and often “dissonant” singing/narration. Not for the faint hearted or those only looking for “beautiful” Indian music.
(this may be a re-post) Virtuoso violin playing by the master. Enough said.
actually on the whole a lot more relaxed and calm than the studio recording above, a superb live session.
neocolonialism. exploitation. corporate greed. systemic oppression. global warming. over population. rising oceans. resource depletion. military conflict. economic collapse. mass extinction. hurricanes. famine. disease. hunger. war. annihilation.
01 Amina Alaoui & Jon Balke – Itimad X L-Wiz – Smogged
02 Ora Sittner & Youval Micenmacher – Dror Iqra X Scuba – Sleepa
03 23 Skidoo – G-2 Contemplation X Marc Ashken – Roots Dyed Dark (Skream Remix)
04 Kambarkan Folk Ensemble - Jygach Ooz Komuz X Dj Distance – Nomad
05 Sarah Webster – A Lesson Twice Learned / Drum Talk X Pinch & Loefah – Broken
06 JilJilala – Unknown X JuJu – Iroko
07 Fawzy Al-Aiedy – Milad X Toasty – Like Sun
08 Hossam Ramzy & Phil Thornton – Immortal Egypt X dj quest & eskimo – Speakers Corner (Instrumental Death Edit)
09 Unknown – Arab Flute X Zen Militia – Pull of Guilt (Scuba Remix)
10 Unknown – Morocco Belly Dance X Substep Infrabass Monotonium
11 Guem – Royal Dance X Shed – Panamax Remix
12 Unknown – African Tribal Drums X Unkown – UK Grime
13 Reda Darwish – Raqset El Banat X Headhunter – Drop The Waste
14 Remko Scha – Machine Guitars Slam X Skream – Backwards
15 Andy Moor – Uganda Fly X Loefah – Fire Elements
16 Sir Richard Bishop – Blood Stained Sands X Tunnidge – Face Melt
17 Sijano Vodjani – Dedication X King Midas Sound – Earth a kill ya
“… with people who are into music, for some it is about partying, for some it is about relaxation, for some it’s a spiritual thing, for some it’s an intellectual thing, and for others it’s an emotional outlet, etc. For people like me, music has to be about all of these things, as much of them at the same time as possible. Like in many African traditions: Music is Not Music. It is play, it is mathematics, it is magic, it is politics, it is get-your-freak-on, it is spirituality, astronomy, sports, theater, intoxication, sensuality… Music embodies all of these, and performs all of these functions, often at the same time.”
“… People sometimes tell me that I’m “open minded”. I guess because i’m a Chinese dj who works with African music. But no. Fuck that. I’m not “open minded”. I only recognize quality where ever i find it, and don’t allow myself to be restricted by bullshit boundaries, by incidental, meaningless, senseless borders.”