I first heard this tune at a party in the Bronx, Summer 2005 or maybe ’06– I don’t remember exactly. Big up all Ghanaian massive in the Bronx. I can recall a friend telling me at the time that “You May Kiss Your Bride” was a smash in Accra, on the radio, in bars and clubs, at football marches, and of course at weddings. This clip also appears on a VCD compilation titled Ghana Vs Nigeria: Super Hits Videos –purchased in a street market in Freetown in December ’09. By the way, if you dig this track don’t sleep on Akwaaba Music’s Move It Chaleh — more recent hiplife goodness among other things (like Monou Sidibe’s incredible “Mali Mousso.”)
No kidding! Thanks to all who came out to New York Tropical 5 to see Uproot Andy, Geko, me and Maluca. It was a lot of fun. Maluca killed it, super energy and the people loved it. Here are some pics from the night. This month we’ll be back at Glasslands on Friday May 29th doin’ it again, flier and info very soon.
Now about 3 weeks back I got an email from Toy Selectah and he asked me to throw up his MEXMORE LP but I got distracted in getting ready for my vacation.
If you didn’t catch it on some of the other blogs by now then its my fault you haven’t heard this yet, and I take responsibility for not having given you the opportunity to look cooler just by telling your friends about it. Now when you tell them, you can also collect bonus points for telling them how they too can get their pura crema on right here inna NYC June 4th!!
This tune is ill, sort of African funky grime. The video is a class of kids learning the steps to the dance that goes with it, and then making up their own. Thanks to Kingdom for putting me onto this one via his mix for Lower End Spasm, which will be out soon. Apparently the sample is Nigerian. Anyone know what they’re saying? Never heard of the guys who made it, called Fr3e, but it’s wicked.
I had the beeps from this beat stuck in my head for a few months so I had to look it up on Youtube this morning. I heard it first in DJ Vlad’s Hyphymentary “Ghost Ride The Whip” which is worth checking. Too $hort STAYS on form, crazy.
Ricky Blaze, BK Autotune dancehall techno pop don goes in with the help of Harlem’s current pitch-corrected ambassador Ron Browz and Nicky Minaj who you might remember from a while back in these pages.
Ricky Blaze – Feel Free ft. Ron Browz, Red Cafe, Nicky Minaj
Former backup dancer for Brenda Fassie and Kwaito pioneer Arthur Mafokate asked in a two page document “am I the king of Kwaito?” He allegedly proceeded to answer the question and justify his position as king of the South African dance music. That document is nowhere to be found. Check this interview from ’03. “Oyi Oyi” is one of his big hits from the late 90s. I found it on South African Rhythm Riot: The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto Volume 6, which also contains some classic Brenda Fassie tracks.
Head over to Pitchfork TV, a subsidiary of the great tastemaker Pitchfork media, to see the rest of what looks like a brilliant five-part documentary on Jamaican Soundsystem, dub culture, and the roots of the “offbeat African energy.”
The video for Reef by Baby Kites and Nokea, two young producers from the DA camp, directed by Panoptic is out. It’s a promo for DJ /Rupture’s new uproot CD (buyable). Thanks to the people at YouTube for putting us on the front page and getting us thousands of views, dozens of inane comments and spam and friend requests from random people in the past two hours of it being up there. The internet is a wild and wonderful place.
Next is the official worldwide exclusive premiere of 77Klash’s new video for Mad Again (Whoa!) from his Code for the Streets EP (on iTunes) produced by myself Matt Shadetek. In case you were wondering, yes that’s reggae legend Johnny Osbourne in the video. He came and laid his classic whoa-yea chorus for us in the studio, it’s not a sample as some people have thought. The video shoot was a lot of fun. Watching the dancers from Ground Zero and Dancerz Blvd do their thing was crazy, Skerrit Bwoy brought his usual maddness to the set (that’s him with the ladder and garbage can, nuts as usual), Max Glazer, Gravy, Barrington, Mass Processor and both generations of Crazy Legs all made appearances (the young dancehall dancer and the vet b-boy). Check the video, directed by Jon Fine.
So what do you get when you cross 5 genre-bending border-crossing bassbin-blowing globalista sound selectors with a squadren of african dance divas?
SATURDAY SEPT 13TH
Bowery Poetry Club NYC
308 Bowery between Houston and Bleeker
Soot Records is celebrating the release of Archipelagoes, the new album from Maga Bo. A special live/DJ set incorporating material from the album and his collection. Come find out why his live sets are so in-demand (Turntable of the Hudson, London’s Fabric, and Berlin’s Transmediale all came knocking on his door this month). Fresh from their successful Europe tour, DJ Rupture & Jahdan Blakkamoore will present their dubbed-out soundsystem set for the first time in the US. Be sure to check Rupture’s new video for his upcoming mix album, Uproot
Pirate-turned percussionista Filastine is gonna unveil material from his forthcoming album on Soot, and DJs Geko Jones& Eliel Lucero will round things out with the latest in guaracha y bass, cumbia, and dubstep.
NO TE LO PIERDAS!!!!
We’ve invited the whole cast from the off-broadway musical Fela I asked you to go watch last month to come out and dance with us. Save the date
Kubo – another alias of the man behind the Siqnature project. Twenty minutes of barefoot-global-afro-latin-kuduro-baile-bass bizness (or somn like that). Some of the tracks are already available on 12 thanks to Daniel Haaksman and Mann Recordings.