The second collaborative mixtape between myself and acclaimed author Teju Cole is here! I’m quite proud to put out a New York follow up to Teju and my mix collaboration, because the last time I ran into Teju was for the INTL BLK kick off party in July (where the Afro-diapsora vibes were heavy!). I particularly remember he, I, and a few close friends getting down to deep soulful house grooves from Shawn Dub into the early morning! It’s moments like those […]
The Kondi Band project has been luck enough to be selected as part of the 2016 WOMEX Festival taking place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain this October. In order to support the trip over we’re making stops all over Europe. If you’re in any of the places below come see us and say hi!
It’s been five years in the making, but the Kondi Band has finally arrived! With a full length album due out on Strut later this year, the Belle Wahalla EP is the first glimpse at the collaboration between Sorie Kondi and myself. The is will also the first major album project out of the INTL BLK studio/production platform. The EP (which will be release on vinyl in the coming weeks) features two original tracks and remixes by Hagan, Boddhi Satva, and Aramac. Cover […]
Drum and Bass, Hyphy, Footwork, Hipco, and Gbema are all rolled into one package with the latest from INTL BLK. In case you’re keeping score, that’s touching down in the Black Atlantic metropoles of Oakland, Chicago, London, and Monrovia. On this, the 2nd project from this new platform, UK producer Subculture Sounds and I team up to present our own takes on Shadow’s Hipco and Gbema fusing Liberian dance anthem “Killing Me.” Check it out below and pick it up at any of your […]
After searching in vain for platforms that specialized in my particular vision for music and culture out of the contemporary Black Atlantic, I decided I needed to go out an a limb and start my own. I’m not exactly sure what this platform is quite yet (not a label, but starting as a label), I hope you stick with me to find out what it turns into. Meet INTLBLK. The first project we’re presenting sums up the mission for INTLBLK […]
This past August I was a guest on Hipsters Don’t Dance’s Notting Hill Carnival special broadcast on Radar Radio London. Check out my dedication to the past two years I’ve spent at Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, and the many years previous spent in Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.
I handled mix duties for Teju Cole’s Africa in Your Earbuds mix, so I thought I’d share here! Read his piece, and listen below. It doesn’t really get good until about 1 am, but you do want to be there by then, because you’d like to get in at least two solid hours of dancing by the time the clubs shut down. Afterward you run the gauntlet of cops on Falomo Bridge. “Oga, anything for us?” “Ehn, don’t worry, on […]
I recently did an interview with the Eat Rio blog on my life in Brazil, and my impressions after living here for a little over a year. We touch on many different subjects from food, to music, to race. Here is a taste: What I see as fundamentally different is the concepts of multiculturalism, and this perhaps colors the race debate in each place. Culturally, Brazilians take all their cultural influences and make everything their own. Food is a great example for […]