Recorded and remixed in Dakar, Senegal a few years ago, this has been languishing in my digital drawer for too long….here it is for free download. As with many tracks, this was recorded not knowing exactly what it was for, where it would come out or whatever – we just knew that it needed to be done. Filastine originally made this riddim at my house in Rio de Janeiro and we thought that maybe it would become a Sonar Calibrado track. We recorded Mr. Catra on this riddim, but it didn’t work how we wanted, so it sat for a while and eventually he recorded with Ras Mario and Timedo Flow in Cuba, which came out on Burn It. Around the same time, I recorded this version with Wa BMG 44, which later was included on the sound track for the film Bul Deccone, but never released. Here it is – free download – play it out loud!
Wa BMG 44 with Maga Bo
They’ve since disbanded….the last time I met Manu was in Brussels, where he’d just moved. Fatim is still around doing her thing in Dakar. Matador came out with a solo album in 2007 and is still going strong.
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.
My mini-documentary based on interviews with Xuman, from Pee Froiss, and Keyti from Dakar All Stars and R.A.P.A.D.I.O. It covers hip hop and language in Senegal, sampling, cultural exchange and beyond…. Filmed in Dakar in August, 2007.
Xuman has a new record out called “Gunman.” You can also check his website.
Keyti is currently at work on his solo record. Photo by Sandy Haessner
Back in Dakar after a week in the Casamance, with the help of Fatou Kande and Etienne Senghor and Omar Kande (massive Big UP!!), I connected with Ceptik, who is an MC/producer/cameraman/editor/graphic designer/IT programmer and is also part of the crew Still, to help me put together 2 videos for the songs, “Fire feat. Xuman” and “Saye Mbott feat. ALIF,” both of which are on my new record, “Archipelagos,” to be released on Soot Records. This was full-on DIY. Borrowed camera, lights rented on the super cheap as a favor, mini DV tapes bought in europe to save money, a fucked-up old mercedes on loan to play a clandestine taxi, the very kindly donated space at WaruStudio in Mermoz to film in, a back alleyway tangana in Guediawaye, all of the artists’ time and effort as well as extended friends, families and crews. Much thanks to everybody who helped make this happen!! Videos coming soon……….You can check the full flickr set of photos here.