This new mixtape focusses on lesser known global electronic dance music and folk pop styles from around the world. A celebration of the creativity and originality in global music production; the result of the clash between local and global forces, between tradition and modernity. A feast of surprises, of dynamic musical undercurrents and the ever shifting, hybrid nature of cultural identities. More than a regular dj-mix, this mix is meant as a sample of the music that we want to promote and its extreme eclecticism. It’s our mission to give a loud voice to the sounds of the global underground, of the disadvantaged and despised, the proud and furious. In short, the voice and music of the people. Hopping from region to region, from style to style, you’ll hear cumbia, dembow, tecno melody, persian bass, choubi, guesba chaoui, mahragan, dancehall, pandza, shangaan disco, kologo, coupé décalé, angolan house, balani, bouyon gwada and digital funana. Also up for download, see in comment field on mixcloud.
Special holiday greetings from Rebel Up! as we uploaded a very special vintage cassette for the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog. See the original post here or below.
Happy holidays y’all. My best good homie Seb from Brussels (part of the wonderful Rebel Up! outfit) blessed this xmas eve with a crucial Nigerian juju Christmas-themed tape by an Awesome Tapes From Africa favoriteguy, check out his description:
Ho Ho Ho! Christmas, Nigerian juju style by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers: A Christmas Special By The King of Juju! Since the 50’s Ebenezer Obey had been crafting his special juju-highlife sound, which is a mix of Yoruba percussion, talking drums, electric guitars and vocals in Yoruba. Later in his life he only started playing Christian gospel music (a fate which many Nigerian musicians seems to befall from a certain age onwards) and he passed away in 2011 in Lagos university hospital at the age of 67.
This tape was recorded sometime in the 60’s with his then-band International Brothers. It was a golden find in one of the many Nigerian stalls around London’s Brixton market last spring. Both sides are filled with heavenly sweet jangling guitars, muffled percussion, talking drums and festive Yoruba singing, with some surprise Christmas melodies played as one continuous medley in lo-fi tropical spheres. As the title already said, the chief was the self-proclaimed king of juju and we can only bow down to his legacy. Listen to these funky Christmas waves and have a great one! A special Christmas gift to you all!
We’ve just put a new mixtape online at Mixcloud, Arab Street Sounds as recorded live outside at the Arabic party we did last Friday at Recyclart (see previous post). It’s up for listening or even to download in 320 kbps! Check it out, yallah!