Mar 15

Global warming radio session 3

 

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Global Warming checking back in for a 2nd session taking you on the usual tour of afro funkiness throughout the globe.

This session is blessed with some Tony Allen, some old school Massive Attack representing Bristol and the Mexican institute of sound comes correct with the “Hip Hop No Pares” jump off.

Also check for the salsa cuts and the Indian blend from the Bombay Dub Orchestra.

Peace, Blessings, and Prosperity!

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Dec 01

Global Warming Radio Session 2

Global Warming radio session

After a long hiatus, Afrobonics is back with a new radio series: Global warming. In the first session we have a strong and diverse set including exotic India cuts from The Bombay Dub Orchestra, Bhangra fusion, Surinamese funk that runs very nicely, Samba funk and soul, and much more. In short, we take you on a world tour of Beats to make you bounce.

Peace and Blessings

Sep 19

Russian Hip Hop representing

Afrobonics does it global…so here we have a Russian crew (Kasta) repping with the grimy flow. I give it a thumbs up, kinda makes me think of a Russian Mobb deep

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVaj1lqDO5c&w=420&h=315]

Aug 08

Afrobeats mix selection

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ6yfgBKkqk&w=420&h=315]

Very Dangerous afrobeat mix I had to post from DJ YTO

Jul 01

Issa Bagayogo flashback

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frt7QMGM0Dk&w=420&h=315]

Have this in heavy rotation lately. Very funky groove. What is it about Mali? Those brothas and sistas throw down!

Jun 28

New Jam from Antibalas

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Antibalas has a new jam out for preview here. Same energy as always, very tight groove, looking forward to the album  release on August 7th.

May 21

Music Review: Jende Ri Palenge Afro-Colombian soul connection

Jende Ri Palenge Box setThe Jende Ri Palenge CD DVD set offers a nice package of  traditional music, modern remixes and a DVD that documents the daily lives of the Palenque, the descendants of African slaves who, hundreds of years ago escaped to the coast of Colombia from its interior and preserved the roots and traditions of their African heritage and created an Afro-Latin hybrid culture that spawned a musical tradition that rivals  any other in the African Diaspora in depth and soulful vibrations:

Palenque, the location of the first free slave (or Maroon) community in the Americas, is also a central location for Afro-Colombian culture. With its own unique style of music and language, heavily influenced by its African heritage, it holds a unique position in the world and is today proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

(souljazzrecords.co.uk)

The package is divided into 3 components: a CD featuring traditional songs that do not disappoint in their organic texture but also are rhythmically potent enough to drop in a dj playlist  that will keep a modern dancefloor moving without missing a beat. A few of the tracks I enjoyed on the traditional CD include Nena which hits nicely as an earthy melodic and harmonious chant with a hypnotizing  acoustic backbeat. Malaganero Soy puts you in the mood to dance around a campfire and celebrate and La Mato Donde La Encuentre is another nice upbeat organic party groove. Mi Neno Gabo Riele also caught my ear for placement on the playlist.

The second component is a remix CD that features a variety of DJ’s/Producers putting their spin on the traditional songs. These remixes deliver nicely as well and were much cleaner than I cynically expected, preserving the original nature of the songs nicely while infusing just enough of a backbeat for an extra punch without overwhelming the composition and losing the original soul. Some highlights on this CD include: (again) Nena, a driving tribal rhythm by To Ane E Lo Memo Sexteto which gently lays down mesmerizing background chants invoking the spirit of the Palenque and Santiago Moreno (Aurelian Riviere Remix) a more smoothed out modern production that is nice to chill with on a Saturday afternoon with a frozen drink and a breeze blowing through the balcony. Palenque Un Rincón De África (Kalabrese Remix) by Manuela Torrs is another good look for the dancefloor while  El Mango (Santiago Posada Remix) is another that stays more rooted with a touch enough of the modern injections and a very nice flute component that floats seamlessly over the track.

Finally, the DVD is a nice visual tour of the village in which the Palenque live and gives a distinctive snapshot of their culture. The inspiration for the documentary was the first recording studio being established in the village of the Palenque, a settlement of 3500 people… descendants of the Afro-Colombian slaves. The film chronicles the daily lives of 3 villagers: a street advertiser, an herbalist and a village electrician (who also  plays a role in creating the first Palenque village studio) who are also singers and songwriters with hundreds of songs penned to their credit. The villagers waste no time getting after it recording the tracks on the traditional cd and the essence of the village culture which incorporates singing and rhythm almost as much as breathing and eating gets  represented in a thoroughly authentic, and diverse manner. “There’s meat at Teresa’s” cries the blind Panama  as he walks through the village advertising for the local butcher in one of the early scenes that well captures the natural dynamic of this music in their daily experience.

Overall, I would say that I  definitely recommend this for any amateur (or professional) musicologist or for any afro/latin/world beat dj’s. The music is solid and rich and the dvd  is interesting, fairly engaging and entertaining, especially when considering the fact that it was done on a shoestring budget with limited planning.

May 12

Global Warming Radio Session 1

Welcome to the first Global Warming radio Session . This set is Afro-Funk heavy with some textured grooves and hip hop flava mixed in. I have highlighted some of my favorites from the set below. Pictured to the left is the album cover for the African Analog West African Shock Waves edition featuring rare seventies gems from Ghana and Togo. We start the session off with a very nice upbeat funk ballad from De Frank Professionals. Also, check for some American disco funk from Bob Wilson and James Brown and a gem from the Madlib medicine show album which is super tight.
Peace, Love and Blessing from the Lord.

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    Apr 14

    Global Warming take one

    Tonight at Cherrywood Cafe: Global Warming. Droppin some soulful afro – latin grooves for the people. $3 suggested donation at the door to benefit the Metro East Scholarship fund. Coolin out happy hour style.

    Mar 30

    Featured artist: Afrodizz

    Afrodizz is an afrobeat ensemble out of Montreal that definitely needs to be checked for. Driving high tempo rhythms and a super tight horn section are fundamental elements that keep this crew true to the afrobeat sound. Guaranteed to get your party hopping:
    http://afrodizz.com/