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 […]
This is a recently recorded Kuduro set I did as part of the Os Kuduristas showcase at DJ Beto and DJ Ushka’s iBomba party in Brooklyn. Listen to the stream on Mixcloud, and check out some of my further thoughts on Os Kuduristas and Kuduro as an international phenomenon over at Africa is a Country.
This weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I will be playing a supporting role in Hééé Mariamou, a play/dance performance written by, directed, and starring Maimouna Coulibaly, Malian dancer/actor from Paris. It will be at the Dance Mission Theater on the corner of 24th and Mission in San Francisco. There will be lot’s Coupe Decale, Kuduro, Dancehall, Zouk, dancing, singing, and more French Urban sounds, as well as music by Malian legends such as Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare. The dancing is […]
Benjamin from Akwaaba Music Label, is (fairly) fresh off a trip to Angola and Brazil. I am fresh off a trip to Senegal, and the E.U. DJ Marco is the man behind the entire Baobab Village. We will all be at Little Baobab tonight, Friday, August 28th! Forces for the promotion of African music and culture in the U.S. will be strong in the building!!!
For those who didn’t catch it at Ghettobassquake: Kuduromatic put up a song with rhythms, melodies, and vocal stylings that sound to me like Angolans being influenced by West African Hiplife, Coupe Decale or Zouglou. Perhaps it’s a nod to Congolese Soukous, the name Langa Langa recalling my favorite Soukous group Zaiko Langa Langa. DJ Papi Chulo and Alidjuma-Langa Langa Maybe I’m wrong about that, and this is purely Angolan, but I picture in my head someone in Angola […]
From Benn Loxo Du Taccu: March 30th, 2007 Today we have another urban Angolan guest post by Benn loxo listener, DJ Chief Boima: “So Kuduro. It seems to be making some waves on the international scene. And reflections on why lead me to thoughts on post war youth expression. Young people who grow up seeing humanity at it’s worst feeling the need to create something put something in the world, blow it up, and not themselves. Youth, fueled by emotions: […]
From Benn Loxo Du Taccu March 12, 2007: Benn loxo listener Chief Boima comes through with a great Afro-Portuguese hiphop guest post today: “I don’t know why but I too have become infatuated with Afro-Portuguese music. Maybe it’s because I’m Sierra Leonean and the Portuguese were the first to colonize before the British, and some Portuguese words survived in Krio like “sabi.” Or, maybe it’s because I speak Spanish not French and the it is much easier for me to […]