Appia Kwa Bridge Tour goes on!
High-life legend Ebo Taylor (Ghana/Strut Records) & Afrobeat Academy announce more tourdates for february 2013.
Feb 06th 13 Madrid/ Tempo Club
Feb 07th 13 Toulouse/ Dynamo
Feb 08th 13 Nimes/ Paloma
Feb 09th 13 Cenon/ Le Rocher de Palma
Feb 12th 13 Riorges/ Les Mardi
Feb 13th 13 Kortrjik/ De Kreun
Feb 14th 13 Mulhouse/ Normatrouff
Feb 15th 13 St Germain/ La Clef
Feb 16th 13 Massy/ Paul B
Feb 17th 13 Antwerp/ Trix
Feb 19th 13 Berlin/ Lido
Feb 20th 13 Dresden/ Scheune
Feb 21st 13 Hannover/ Lux
Feb 22nd 13 Niederstetten/ Kult
Feb 23rd13 Dublin/ Choice Cuts
On 18th December, we return to the best little boat in London for the funkiest of festive parties. The maestro Ashley Beedle returns to the capital for an exclusive set mixing up rare and classic soul and boogie, Frankie Francis brings the unique Sofrito sound drawing from all manner of archive Latin American, Caribbean and Afro styles and Duncan Brooker spins a selection of fine soulful rarities of all shapes and sizes. We'll have some home made mulled wine on the go all night too. Hope to see you there!
The fifth Beyond The Clouds party celebrates "Only 4 U: The Sound of Cajmere & Cajual Records" hosting Cajmere´s dj set at Corsica Studios in London.
The man behind the most unique and enduring records in house history will be supported by Eglo's FunkinEven and Joe Hart for a Saturday night of funk, dance, acid, electro, garage and anything else that's good!
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The story of the Fangnawa Experience collaboration is one best told by the artists themselves, and that's exactly what we've done in this video feature on the project. The guys in Fanga and Maâlem Abdallah Guinéa & his musicians don't speak the same language, but they were able to connect via their dedication to music. Watching them perform together is a real treat, as is the closer look at the instruments (the qraqab and the gimbri) used by the Gnawa players. Fangnawa Experience experience is out November 13th.
We can't say enough good things about Souljazz Orchestra's new album Solidarity, which happens to be out this week. It feels like they've taken all of the things that we love about them (airtight musicianship, raw analog recording, diverse global influences) and created a perfect synthesis for us to play over and over. We can't wait to see them live when they hit the road this fall, but until then we have this awesome new video which captures their blistering live show with the glory of analog video tape. We're all about this.
Shark Vegas was a Berlin-based outfit, lead by Factory Records' German representative, Mark Reeder. Despite an excellent pedigree, including Bernard Sumner on the boards and the infamous Connie Plank recording, the group's music remains an overlooked entry in Factory's vast catalog, and performance footage of the group is extremely scarce. You can imagine our surprise then when we turned up this recording of a performance of the track "You Hurt Me," which also happens to appear on Fac. Dance 02, in a dig through the !K7 video archives. Call it synchronicity. From the lighting to the video quality to the instruments on stage, every element is perfectly evocative of the era. Fac. Dance 02 is out now.
It wouldn't do to put out a record like This Ain't Chicago without adding a live DJ experience, would it? For the lucky folks in New York City, Richard Sen will spinning classics from the early days of the UK Acid House movement at Cielo, home of one of the best sound systems in the city. And if for some reason you needed more incentive to come party with us, he'll also be joined by Dennis "Citizen" Kane, of Disques Sinthomme fame. If you were there for the original days of Acid, this should be a welcome return. If you missed out, now's your chance to turn that frown upside down!
Friday June 29th @ Cielo (18 Little West 12th St. NYC)
This Ain't Chicago Release Party w/ Richard Sen & Dennis "Citizen" Kane
While Ebo Taylor is rightly viewed as a national treasure in his native Ghana, his fanbase extends internationally and increases with each year. This Spring, Mr. Taylor is hitting the road with Afrobeat Academy, with whom he recorded his most recent albums, to spread the gospel of authentic Highlife and Afrobeat from Europe to Asia to South America. Don't miss the opportunity to see a legend in action!
What more could there possibly be to say about Fela Kuti? For many of us, Kuti’s music has been the primary entry point to the incredibly fertile terrain of hybrid African music. But aside from the obvious honor of having the privilege of releasing some of the first unheard Fela recordings in over twenty years, the fact that these recordings even exist in the first place is something of a marvel.
In 1984, Fela Kuti had planned to leave Nigeria to tour abroad, but was arrested and imprisoned on dubious charges of “currency trafficking,” preventing him from leaving the country. It took two years, and efforts from Amnesty International before Fela once again was able to share his music with the world. The music featured on this album was recorded the year of his release, live at the Fox Theater in Detroit.
The songs featured here, the shortest clocking in at 29 minutes and 35 seconds, aren’t among Fela’s best known compositions, though they did feature on studio albums with the Egypt 80 band. It’s in these unbridled live performances though that the material truly comes alive, complete with audience interaction, the incredible musicianship of the band, and Kuti’s inimitable vocal stylings. It’s evident that the audience as completely entranced.
Fela Kuti – Live In Detroit is a document of one of the greatest performers of the 20th Century, and we’re honored to be able to share it with you. The album will be released on Strut on May 8th on Strut Records internationally, and via our friends at Knitting Factory in the US. The Strut release will be a double CD / four vinyl / digital format.
01. JUST LIKE THAT 29.35
02. CONFUSION BREAK BONES 40.54
01. TEACHER DON'T TEACH ME NONSENSE 34.04
02. BEASTS OF NO NATION 38.49
Ottowa's finest, afro/jazz/cosimic/funk collective The Souljazz Orchesra are marshaling their troops for a series of North American shows this winter. This will be their first major American tour, and our first chance to see them since releasing their amazing Rising Sun album in 2010. They're going to be joined by some excellent acts on certain dates, including Zongo Junction, The Funk Ark and others. Full info on the band's site. See you at the shows!
January 21st - Ottowa, ON @ Mavericks
February 15th - Providence, RI @ Fete
February 16th - Boston, MA @ Scullers Jazz Club
February 17th - Burlington, VT @ Nectar's
February 18th - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
February 20th - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
February 21st - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
February 22nd - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
February 23rd - Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt
February 24th - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
February 25th - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
April 21st - Ottowa, ON @ Babylon
As we celebrate the anniversary of one of our favorite, and certainly one of the most influential sound systems, it's nice to be able to take a look back at the development of Norman Jay's Good Times, and his shaping of popular tastes. Through conversations with Norman himself, and those close to him, we get to see some of the many things that made (and make) Good Times so special. Hats off to Norman, and to the parties which have brought so many people together.
It's now been close to a year since we had the honor of releasing Mulatu Astatke's first solo album in decades, Mulatu Steps Ahead, but the album has stayed in heavy rotation for us ever since then. We're currently working on a new compilation featuring previously unheard material that will be sure to excite. More info on that coming soon (sorry to tease), but for now here are two clips from Astatke's recent Brazilian tour to tide you over.