May 26 2009
A brief week for the theme, just a mix of stuff I was digging on. Elias Diá Kimuezo, at the start, vintage Angolan jams are my bread and butter at home, perfect summer mood. I got tons of the stuff. I am also working a set of African music that is perfect for the Indie scene, bands like the Kisai All-Stars, Konono No. 1, Esau Mwamwaya, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and the latest, Staff Benda Bilili who like SLRAS, are refugees are the latest DIY maestros from the bush, rocking bicycle spokes like guitars and doin their business right.
And with latin music, I always feel I don't play enough of it, there is soooo much to choose from, very great bands hail from so many countries and Panama has been coming up a lot of late, here it's Bolita Y Su Tentacion with "Descarga Tentacion," an eight minute jam that I parsed up for today's mix. The release is a comp from Soul Jazz Records, one of my favorite labels of absolutely crucial quality! More new Tango vibes from Bajofondo, that I follow up with the strong voices of an Algerian group, Raina Rai, reminding me how little you hear musically from tthe Mid East, but how I love the sound, the vocal styles are out of this world.
Though in this world we stay with one of my favorite labels producing new, unheard of reggae riddims, Scotch Bonnet is the one. I found it a few months ago and have since downloaded their entire cataogue! Damn! I did that? Mainly on the strength of individual riddims and the singers in the stable. Riddims likethis "Mary Jane Riddim" and players like Mikey Murka. Nuff said! The end...is bhangra, Kulwinder Singh Johal's "Saibaa Dha Khath" from the bhangra comp Word Is Born.
Sound Travels Monday : Travel Mix I
Tracklisting and Media:
1. Elias Diá Kimuezo : "Zum Zum"
2. Staff Benda Bilili : "Moziki" Staff Benda Bilili
3. Bolita Y Su Tentacion : "Descarga Tentacion"
4. Bajofondo : "Zitarrosa" Mar Dulce
5. Raïna Raï : "Rani M'Hayer" Raina Rai Zita
6. Mungo's Hi Fi : "Back On The Scene feat. Mikey Murka" / "Mary Jane Riddim"
7. Kulwinder Singh Johal : "Saibaa Dha Khath" Word Is Born