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 […]
Taking a second to point to this radio documentary about Sierra Leonean Rap and Youth done by my friend Anusha in Slovenia. Besides myself it features my Swedish-Sierra Leonean brethren Mats Utas who has done some of my favorite field research on youth in Sierra Leone. Much of it is not in English, but you can listen to the show, and watch related videos by clicking here.
I have a remix on Brooklyn Afrobeat band Underground System’s new EP. The song is called Bella Ciao and I twisted it into a driving techno-ish tune with a Carioca influenced under-layer…it was also featured on OkayAfrica earlier this week… the EP drops August 5th on Ropeadope records, listen to it here: They also did this pretty cool trailer for the EP featuring my remix…
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.