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 […]
This Friday I’m playing at Bembe (in Brooklyn) alongside the one Wayne and Wax. Expect to hear a mix of sounds like this: It’s also my birthday at midnight, so a little extra celebration will be in order!
For our final chapter of the Dutty Artz February Mixtape Mondays (check previous mixes by DJ /rupture & Sonido Martines, DJ Ushka, and DJ Ripley), my brother Geko Jones and I decided to chime in with a collaborative submission. For several years, Geko and I have been following and rearranging the lines that connect Africa and Latin America through our musical explorations. This mix, which touches on Champeta, Semba, Ndombolo, Morna, House, Kuduro, and neo-Highlife, is our latest take on the […]
I did a mix in collaboration with Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces aka Chimurenga Renaissance for his album Pungwe which drops today in stores. Here’s my description from my Soundcloud page: Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces asked me to do a promo mix for his album Chimurenga Renaissance, and here it is! I really dig the beats from Shabazz Palaces and am really inspired by Tendai’s use of the Mbira, fusing forward-thinking Hip Hop beats with a tradition rooted in Shona […]
Chimurenga Magazine, the great pan-African literary publication based in Cape Town, asked Africa is a Country to contribute a collection of songs for their Power Money Sex reader out this summer. So I ended up cooking up a little mini-mix of a collection of tunes that relate along those lines. Check it out here.
A little provocative discussion with the one Venus X, Simone of the Palm Wine blog, and myself this past month in Milano, Italy. I was going to do a long drawn out post about my thoughts after watching this, but since the video has already been making the rounds, I’ll just say that I thoroughly enjoyed backing up the fiery New York DJ goddess. Now you understand why I wrote that post? Here’s what the music portion sounded like (I apparently do […]
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Homie, neighbor, DJ/Writer colleague, Eddie Stats arranged a meet up and debate between the “big man” in the “global bass” scene, Diplo and myself. While I too feel left wanting more, the conversation we had took a little more than four hours (which had to be boiled down for the four-page transcription.) I have to say though, in the time since the post went up I’ve been noticing debates amongst friends and colleagues, and I love what folks are saying around […]
African in New York is here! And I’m also proud to present my first every music video, the NY edition of “Without Money No Family.” I shot and edited it myself, taking some footage from the original clip, I’m happy to see the final result but anxious to hear what people think about it. Buy African in New York as a partial album on iTunes, and at a few other digital retailers. The full album will be a physical version with […]
The Afro-Spectacle is now streaming online. Listen back to an entertaining evening of collective music video watching. If you missed it the first time, the good news is it looks like we’re going to make this a regular thing.