I had my first experience with digital cumbia on a (very sorry visa changing) trip to Buenos Aires in 2001. I spent most of my time traipsing all over town – to go by foot is cheap, ya know? Plenty of memories of sitting in plazas watching kids play futbol and trying to stay warm (it was august) while wondering how the hell I was gonna get back to Rio….anyway, that’s another story all together. I always got curious when a car would pass cranking this super cheesy synthesized cumbia at really high volume – big bass and the characteristic chi-chi-chick sound.
On one of my excursions, I found myself lost in the view from a bridge. Eventually, I looked down and found “Sex, drugs and cumbia” scratched into the railing of the bridge. I decided I had to find out at least a little more about this. I found plenty of house music and electronic music stores, but the cumbia selection was even more cheesy than what I found coming out of the cars. At one of the shops, the guy pulled out the Pibes Chorros CD, Arriba las Manos, shaking his head, saying, “these peopel are very bad.” I bought it on the spot. I became completely enamoured with the first track, “Andrea.” When I finally got back to Rio, I managed to completely clear the dance floor every time I played this track……anyway, it still sounds great!
Thursday in NYC!
friday in MTL (flyer below) and then,
Saturday the 5th in Washington DC at Eighteenth Street Lounge:
My new mixtape, Os Cacos (as in recolha os cacos, pick up the pieces…) is now up on Blogariddims. Listen to it here.
50 minutes of transnational bass – dubstep grime cumbia hip hop ragga kuduro baile funk dub chaabi soca crunk.
1. Archetype – Innasekt
2. Baile de Almut – Radio Tarifa
3. Freestyle live on radio in houston – Dizee Rascal
4. Punisher (Loefah’s SE25 Remix) – DJ Pinch
5. Cheeky Violin Remix – Low Deep
6. Alleyways feat. Neon – Don Fletcher vs. Maga Bo
7. Say More Fire – Aaron Spectre
8. Chab Rassi – Cheikha Remitti
9. 50,000 Watts (Loefah Remix) – Matty G
10. Why Do You Do This? – Klass A
11. Nqayi feat. Teba – Maga Bo
12. Xoyma – Positive Black Soul
13. Xoyma feat. Red Rat – Positive Black Soul
14. Doi Festival (Ghislain Poirier) – Bunji Garlin and JMC Triveni
15. Keeping a Session – Daddy Freddy meets the Rootsman
16. Now Thing – Sly and Lenky
17. Amen break
18. Cumbia Murguera – Chancha VIa Circuito
19. Popotla Sound Machine – Kampion
20. Daleduro feat. Luisao – Carolina Santantonin
21. Don’t Guimenin – Ruffman
22. Bloody Potato – DJ Elected
23. We All Go Die Tonite feat. MC Shade – Candie Hank
24. J Adore Whiskey – Candie Hank
25. Applejuice – Krazy Baldhead
26. Princesa 3 – Chancha VIa Circuito
27. Soy el Control – El Hijo de la Cumbia
28. ? – Up, Bustle and Out
29. Kick it Complex – Bassnectar
30. D-Boy Stance – Big Boi/Konkrete
31. Cumvia Slew (Bosquiman vs. Oro11 Remix) – Bosquiman vs. Vampiros
32. Sudaka Invasor – Frikstailers
33. E Dai feat. Speed Freaks – Sonar Calibrado
34. Break – Chancha VIa Circuito
35. Here We Go – Kalil (DJ Eddy)
36. Kriola – Orquestra e Coro
37. Bad Man Pull Up – Crazy Froggy (Hard Slam Riddim)
38. Reggaetron – Pepepe
39. Belselama (Said Qutbs Lawnmower Filastine Remix) – Malorix
40. NYE Riddim – Dub Gabriel
41. Cagnie – Waraba
42. Ben Allou – El Halka and El Twachi
43. Defense (The Soca-Anthem Remix) – Pitbull feat. Machel Montano HD and Lil Jon
44. Tamborzao/Volt Mix
45. Aquecimento Macumba – Electro Jack Juninho Carioca
46. Bonde do Role Remix Riddim – Ghislain Poirier
47. Track 20 – Funk Proibidao Vila Kenedy
48. System Boot – Plug
49. Ya Se Acabo – Pitbull
50. Tchiriri – Costuleta and DJ Znobia
51. Os Marteleiros (Instrumental) – Helder o Rei do Kuduro
52. Leh Jani – Omar Souleyman
53. Alo – Os Vagabundos
March 29, Six Degrees Records Showcase, Opium Garden, Winter Music Conference, Miami, FL
March 31, Beat Research, Enormous Room, Boston, MA
April 1, NuBlu, New York City, NY
April 2, WMFU 91.1 NYC with DJ /rupture 7-8 pm
April 3, Sutra Lounge, New York City, NY
April 4, Baile MTL, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
April 5, Eighteenth Street Lounge, Washington DC
April 8, KEXP 90.3, WoPop with Darek Mazzone
April 8, Nectar, Seattle, WA
April 11, Tormenta Tropical, Tehama 58, San Francisco, CA
April 12, The Walnut Room, Denver, CO
Here is the first video clip to accompany my upcoming album, Archipelagoes, and 12″ vinyl on Soot Records. “Fire feat. Xuman” was filmed and edited in Guediawaye, Dakar, Senegal by Ceptik on an almost non-existent budget with the help and enthusiasm of a bunch of friends (Big up Still crew, Xuman, Omar and Fatou Kande, Edouard Manga, Etienne Senghor and Warustudio!), a super trashed Mercedes and a video camera on loan. Xuman is one third of the heavyweight group Pee Froiss. Stay tuned for 2 more clips coming soon – “Saye Mbott feat. ALIF,” filmed in Dakar and “Nqayi feat. Teba,” filmed in Cape Town.
Shook is a new magazine stepping on where Straight No Chaser stepped off headed up by Mr. Jez Smadja. They just released No. 1 Vol. 1. Here’s an article of my mine originally written for them grabbed off of their blog.
On his travels to Ethiopia, the cradle of civilisation, Maga Bo delivers the verdict on the latest styles emering from this ancient kingdom and sheds some light on the music industry as the country enters a new millennium. For the full article, check the latest issue of SHOOK. Here’s a little extra we couldn’t squueze in.
Lined by a zinc fence on one side and busy thoroughfare on the other, the electronic recycling and repair market in the Merkato area of Addis Ababa commands the entire sidewalk for 2 blocks. Freelance, self-taught electronics repairmen salvage all manner of appliances from telephones and flashlights to cassette and DVD players. Squatting down in front of a sea of chopped up circuit boards, wires, random electronic components, and gads of dissected radios and televisions, a man presses a radio to one ear in a feeble attempt to block out the noise all around and makes an adjustment with a screwdriver. Next to him, a shelf unit comprised of a stack of skeletons of television sets bursts with excess electronic pieces. He even sells jewelry – several necklaces with cassette capstan cogs as beads are on display. His neighbor deals exclusively in speakers – mix and match to taste. Another strictly deals with video equipment. Chat leaves are scattered all over the pavement and amongst the electronics. I am offered tea. A man says hello and shakes my hand. “This side very cheap, not like over there.” He motions to the row of electronic appliance stores which line the opposite side of the road extending in both directions. “Very good workers here.” And resourceful, too. Rummaging through the electronic component scrap heap, he finds what he’s looking for, quickly unscrews the back of the radio, jacks into the pirate electrical lead that the whole row of workers share with his soldering iron and proceeds to bring the radio back to life.
Just got a commentary from Lapax, who wrote in to clarify the mysterious Nepalese cry style tune (based on a Papa San track called “Maddy Maddy Cry” (thanks to Vamanos for that clarification)) that I posted some months ago:
“It’s actually a comedy/parody song by a nepali singer – prakash poudel.
It’s about a teenager telling his mom that he can’t live without this girl that he likes and she’s the only one he can live with..
Not sure if the beats and the music is based on some other song, but there you go..”
I was recently in Cape Town, on my way home from Ethiopia, and stopped in to hook up with my good friends from African Dope Records, play a couple gigs and shoot a video with Teba for my upcoming full length album, Archipelagoes, on Soot Records.
Getting back to Ethiopia for a minute. Here are a few videos gleaned from youtube. “What the kids are doing,” as Diplo would say, these days in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia Telecommunications has a monopoly on the cellular, fixed phone and internet market. The relatively common cybercafes a stocked with groups of computers all connected to a dial up connection. Excruciatingly slow! The one solution I found was to log in at the Sheraton Hotel for $20/hr. They have a 128 kbps connection. However, it is impossible to login to myspace from Ethiopia, which seems to account for the lack of Ethiopian (or for that matter Eritrean) presence on myspace. Thanks to the Ethiopian diaspora, we have some of this stuff available online.
The first one is my favorite. Tewodros (aka Tedy) and Abraham – gurageton. I heard about this track and searched and searched asking all the street vendors I saw if they had anything from Tedy. Everybody knew him, but nobody had any CDs. The only thing I found was a VCD compilation put out by AS Records. I’m loving the combination of styles in the dancing in this one. Sort of Rize goes to Addis and learns iskista. Or vice versa.
The next up is another one off track (at least at this point) by Mary Abebe called Ahun Naw. Again on a mutated reggaeton tip. I like the otherworldy keys. Super catchy hook too. I found this track on the same VCD that I found the Gurageton track on. Unfortunately, both of them come as video files. Although I managed to extract the video and create an MP3, the quality is pretty bad. So, I’m not posting the audio for these…..
Lastly, a video of Jonny Ragga’s track, “Abshewi.” Although there is a burgeoning reggae scene in Ethiopia (almost exclusively in Addis), there is very little released music available. Jonny Ragga is practically a house hold name there. His record, “Give me the key,” on Mango Records, can be found from most street vendors and record shops. Here’s an MP3 of “Give me the key,” the video clip of which can also be found on youtube. This is a 192kbps rip. Sorry for the digital hiccough at the beginning. The original CD has the same thing…..