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, […]
I had a lot of fun playing with the rhythms that underlie the beautiful song “New Name” by Ahmed “Sinkane” Gallab. I met Ahmed a few years ago when we took a trip together to Coachella to DJ one of the side parties in Palm Springs. We talked a lot about our musical influences, and especially how we incorporate our African heritage into our music. Having Sudanese origins, his is a rock influenced take on the musical traditions of the Nile […]
I have a new remix out on Feel Up records. It’s part of my Rio-Brooklyn based compatriot Telseen’s new remix EP, Anamorph, featuring a host of global producers. As always, not content to let words go unspoken about music I’m involved with, I wrote up a little background about my process, as well as inspiration over at Africa is a Country: For my version, I decided to strip the heavily layered song down to only a few essential instruments, and ended […]
Ebola has been weighing heavily on my mind. From it hitting Ashoka, a friend who I met in Liberia in 2011, to worrying about friends and family on the ground in both Sierra Leone and Liberia, I feel sort of stuck and unable to help while being in Brazil. However in the face of a seeming panic in the U.S. about the disease invading the country, and rehashed African stereotypes in the mainstream media, I find I can contribute something by writing… […]
Geko Jones and I just released a remix on Que Bajo records as part of the joint Suriname Ting EP release with Uproot Andy. We’re also on tour in the states for the month of May. Check us out in Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Oakland, Austin, NY, or Boston!:
Out on Dutty Artz this past week, my remix of Old Money’s ‘Mothership’ is below. On the official release it sits along side DJ Spoko’s own take of the title track. Lamin Fofana also turned in a great one! Download my remix for free for a limited time on my Soundcloud page. Read more about Old Money and their Afro-futurist philosophy here.
If you didn’t know by now, I’m in South America at the moment. And this has inspired me a lot to start writing again. Check out my two dispatches from Brazil and Colombia published this past March. Keeping myself busy, I’ve also started a radio show while in Rio. It’s called Africa is a Radio, and of course it’s an official partnership with the Africa is a Country Blog. It will be happening once on month Groovalizacion, an online radio station […]
This past December I was a guest on Impose Magazine’s weekly radio show Audio Imposition. The hosts Eric and Edwina were really welcoming and enthusiastic about all we got going on over at Dutty Artz. We spoke a lot about the label’s history, and the future of the crew as it moves beyond just music promotion – a soundtrack is included. Listen here: http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/chief-boima-on-six-years-of-dutty-artz Eric Phipps also some great photos of a show I played at Webster Hall alongside Old Money, […]