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 […]
Dutty Artz’ lastest features a remix by myself featuring Afro-Mexican rapper Bocafloja. I took Cocotaxi’s original digital Andean-cumbia influenced track, and injected a little bit of African flavor by tapping into the Afro-Bolivian Saya tradition from the Yungas communities outside of La Paz. Check it out below.
The title track of my fellow Dutty Artz member, MPeach is now available for purchase. It is the lead single for her LP due out later this year. This particular track was a collaboration between several folks, including Venezuelans Sunsplash and Cardopusher, and of course MPeach and myself. I’m quite proud of the merging of various styles that include Dembow, LA-Beat scene Chill-Trap, and Miami Bass.
My first project to see the light in 2015 is the second in a series of mixtape collaborations as part of Tendai Mararie’s Chimurenga Renaissance project. We released the first one a couple years ago in the midst of my own immersion in the mbira/kondi/kalimba experience as Sorie Kondi was visiting my house in Brooklyn from Sierra Leone. With that mixtape I tried to highlight the mbira’s presence in different musical traditions from around the continent. With mixtape I concentrated more on Zimbabwe specifically, […]