We’re fully in the holiday spirit here at Strut, and what better way to celebrate the season than a blistering Afro-Funk take on a classic Christmas carol? The Souljazz Orchestra has given us just that with their wonderful version of “We Three Kings.”
The track is available exclusively for free download via the !K7 Collective Holiday Gift, along with material from some of our favorite independent labels like Luaka Bop, Piranha, Mister Saturday Night, R&S, and many others.
Dating back to our very first release, Club Africa from 1999, packaging and presenting choice selections from the vast wealth of incredible music from the African content has been a labor of love here at Strut. We’ve had the good fortune to work with some of our heroes, and many stalwart legends of African music, spanning styles from Nigerian Afrobeat to South African Township Jive to Moroccan Gnawa and much in between.
This holiday season we’ve put together a special digital package featuring some of the cream of the crop from our African catalog, including music from legends like Mulatu Astatke, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and many more. The whole collection (26 tracks in total) is available on iTunes for $7.99, which makes it easy to dig a little deeper into some incredible sounds.
In addition, many of the original albums on which these songs appear are available at a discounted rate through iTunes for a limited time. Treat yourself to some amazing music!
We’ve been doing video trailers for some of our albums and compilations for a while now, but when we approached Mox (of Coldcut & Cinematic Orchestra fame) about assembling a video collage for Leo Zero’s “Disconnect” mix, he delivered something unlike we’ve ever seen before. Invigorating the material with all sorts of explosive footage, the video mixes in news images from the UK during the late ’70s and ’80s, from a rubbish collection strike in 1979, the mayhem of a Celtic vs Rangers on-pitch invasion in 1980 and the Brixton riots of 1981 to a bizarre ’70s attempt to smuggle vinyl-shaped pot cakes in record sleeves from Jamaica. Images of Leo’s work throughout his career pepper the visuals including his celebrated days as a resident at Soulsonic in London to his work as a member of A Mountain of One. All of this is set to a custom mini-mix of some of the album’s tracks from Leo himself. It’s an awesome companion piece to the mix, which is out this week. Enjoy!
Some pretty big news for you, dear fans of African music. Okayplayer has launched a sister site called Okayafrica, dedicated to the latest in African music & culture. It’s a pretty exciting development, and says a lot about the cultural renaissance going on in Africa right now. What’s more, we here at Strut will be a regular contributor to the site, bringing you a look at the music we’re feeling, interviews with artists, DJ charts & much more. To kick things off we decided to get together a list of favorite African tunes (new and old) that we associate with summer. We had a lot of fun putting it together, and are looking forward to sharing more music with you.
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