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, […]
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… […]
I just got back to Rio after two months in the states, and the DJ side of my life has been busy, so I’m highlighting some of my related activities so interested parties can follow along. This summer I felt lucky to be able to play a range of gigs, from intimate gatherings like John DeLore’s Brooklyn backyard BBQ, or Elida Margarita’s 40th birthday at a downtown Oakland clothing shop; to bigger events like the AfroPunk fest in Brooklyn; and the Que Bajo […]
Was able to give a little personal perspective on Dakar, Senegal in an album review of Aby Ngana Diop’s “Liital,” for Bomb Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue: A couple years later, I would visit Dakar for the first time, and it became one of my favorite cities in the world. Everyone from rural migrants, to Parisian vacationers, to Harlem-born Senegalese diaspora returnees brings their own taste and flavor to the bustling metropolis. The resulting cultural production out of the town is mind blowing. Take […]