Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya scene on Réunion Island from the mid-‘70s, as Western instrumentation joined traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a whole era of new fusions and creativity. Compiled by Réunionese DJ duo La Basse Tropicale, ‘Oté Maloya’ is out now on CD and LP as well as digital formats. The CD and LP versions include an extensive booklet featuring the history of maloya by Nathalie Valentine Legros of 7 Lames Lamer.
‘Oté Maloya’ tells the story of this fertile period in Réunion Island music for the first time and features the full spectrum of maloya styles. From Caméléon’s genius to the teenage Michou’s classic ‘Maloya Ton Tisane’, Daniel Sandié’s breakbeat sleeper ‘Défoule 3e Age’ and more traditional styles from Maxime Lahope and Pierrot Vidot, this is an essential trip through a lost era of Indian Ocean blues and soul. ‘It follows up last year’s acclaimed ‘Soul Sok Séga’ release on Strut.
Kondi Band, the inspired Afro-electronic collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots, has announced their debut LP Salone, is out now.
The album follows the release of 2016’s Belle Wahallah EP, which spawned a #1 Spotify Viral Chart hit in the form of the track “Yeanoh (Powe Handa Blingabe),” as well as The Freetown Tapes, a free collection of Kondi’s solo work in the early 2000’s, mixed by Chief Boima.
According to Boima, the new album “forges a direct link between techno born in the black cities of the American Mid-West, where I grew up, and roots African music. Sorie Kondi may be playing an acoustic folk instrument from Sierra Leone, but he thinks about music as if he were a techno producer.” It’s acoustic dance music that creates a sound as full and dynamic as any club track and, through Boima’s intricate production, the album subtly and skillfully integrates contemporary electronic sounds, keeping the simplicity and space in Sorie’s music.
Salone is out now on CD, 2LP, and digital formats.
The track “Titi Dem Too Service” is streaming below.
Séga is the traditional music of Mauritius (a small island off the coast of Madagascar) and is known as the “blues” of the Indian Ocean. The music was born during the 17th to 19th centuries by African slaves seeking relief from harsh conditions in sugar cane fields and on colonial land by dancing to improvised music incorporating rhythms from their homelands in West Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar or Madagascar. From these diverse African influences sprang a new, insular dance and music, the séga.
Though initially looked down upon, by the mid-1960s séga music had become a symbol of national pride and identity for Mauritius. With the advent of electric instruments, the influx of funk, soul and jazz from the West and the growth of LPs, séga went commercial. Dancefloors started grooving to a more soulful, funky séga beat and séga artists popped up all over the island with a new generation of charismatic singers becoming national stars. Séga, sung in Créole, now united all the communities of the island. Mauritians from the European, African, Indian and Chinese communities, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, all danced and enjoyed séga.
Following excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the Sofrito series, and the Haiti Direct and Calypsoul 70 albums, we’re proud to present a collection exploring the incredible séga sounds that emerged from Mauritius during the 1970s, Soul Sok Séga, compiled by DJ duo La Basse Tropicale (Natty Hô and Konsöle), based in the neighbouring island of La Reunion.
Soul Sok Sega (out 22nd of January 2016) features extensive sleeve notes from long time Mauritian cultural champion, Percy Yip Tong, including new artist interviews, photos and original vinyl artwork. All formats (1CD / 2LP / digital) are unmixed, made up completely of tracks that have never been re-issued internationally.
- TI L’AFRIQUE – SOUL SOCK SÉGA
- JEAN-CLAUDE – MADEMOISELLE
- GEORGIE JOE – ELIZA
- JOHN KENNETH NELSON – MANUEL BITOR
- MARIE JOSÉE & ROGER CLENCY – LA VIE EN BADINAGE
- CLAUDIO – BONOM CHINOIS
- LES STARDUST – SÉGA LENOIR
- COULOUCE – L’AMOUR ARTIFICIEL (SOUL SÉGA)
- CLAUDIO – BHAÏ ABOO
- CHRISTOPHE – MO PARRAIN
- CYRIL LABONNE – POP SOUL SÉGA
- HAROLD BERTY – MONE LASSER DIRE TOI
- MICHEL LEGRIS – ELIDA
- CATHERINE VELIENNE – MO MARI FINI ALLÉ
- JEAN-CLAUDE – SÉGA SOUVAL
- RAMONE – NOUVEAU VENU DANS L’ENDROIT
- JOHN KENNETH NELSON – Z’ENFANT MISÈRE
- GEORGES JEAN LOUIS – AFRO MAURICIEN
- YOYO – COCO MAMZELLE
- CHRISTIAN TOSSÉ – MADAME ZEAN
We are please to announce that Reggae legend Cornell Campbell returns to the UK for an exclusive London date with Soothsayers on 12th July at The Forge in Camden.
Fantastic gig if you haven’t yet caught them live!
For full information and tickets for the show, head on over to The Forge website.
The album ‘Inner Fire’ is available now. Buy here
We’re as excited as can be that The Souljazz Orchestra are heading back out on the road this summer. Following on from their acclaimed album ‘Inner Fire’ released earlier this year and their sell out tour, this summer’s dates look sure to be a must see.
For full info on the tour, head on over to the Souljazz Orchestra website.
Jun 12 – Toronto, ON – Luminato Festival
Jun 20 – Ottawa, ON – Glow Fair
Jun 27 – Innkreis, AU – Woodstock der Blasmusik
Jun 29 – Mechelen, BE – Ottertrotter Festival
Jul 05 – Ljubljana, SI – Ljubljana Jazz Festival
Jul 11 – Birmingham, UK – Mostly Jazz Festival
Jul 12 – Dublin, IE – The Sugar Club
Jul 17 – Pori, FI – Pori Jazz Festival
Jul 19 – Paris, FR – New Morning
Jul 20 – Gent, BE – Polé Polé Festival
Aug 09 – Lévis, QC – Festival Jazz Etcetera
Aug 15 – Salmon Arm, BC – Roots & Blues Festival
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The Souljazz Orchestra is one of the best live bands one could hope to see. And after tearing up Canadian clubs in February, they’re crossing the ocean to take their six-person wrecking crew to Europe for a generous run of shows in March and April. By that point there will have been plenty of opportunity to get to know the new material from Inner Fire, which comes out February 24th (and is streaming this week on Pandora).
Add these dates to your calendar, and get full details and ticketing links at the Souljazz Orchestra site.
Mar 21 – Pfarrkirchen, DE – Bogaloo
Mar 22 – Cologne, DE – Bhf Ehrenfeld
Mar 26 – Brétigny-sur-Orge, FR – Le Rack’Am
Mar 28 – Ivry, FR – Le Hangar 94
Mar 29 – Montpellier, FR – Rockstore
Mar 30 – Rambouillet, FR – L’Usine à Chapeaux
Apr 01 – London, UK – The Jazz Cafe
Apr 02 – Bern, CH – Turnhalle
Apr 03 – Bern, CH – Turnhalle (Matinee)
Apr 03 – Basel, CH – Kaserne Basel (Evening)
Apr 04 – Brussels, BE – Espace Senghor
Apr 05 – Paris, FR – New Morning
Apr 09 – Istanbul, TK – Salon ÌKSV
Literally years in the making, our Haiti Direct collection, compiled by Hugo Mendez of Sofrito, is out and available in stores. The two disc collection celebrates the overlooked musical legacy of Haiti, going beyond Ra-ra and voodoo stereotypes to trace the development of a unique sound that echoed across the Caribbean, yet remains relatively under the radar outside of the region.
Support from fans, press, and radio has been amazing, with BBC Radio 6 Music playlisting regularly, and the Sunday Times calling the collection “essential listening.”
Haiti Direct is available on 2xCD, 2xLP (with CD included), and digital download, and can be purchased from local music retailers, as well as iTunes, Amazon, and the Strut Store.
Preview three of the tracks from Haiti Direct below.
One of the most interesting aspects of the music and time period covered on our Haiti Direct release is the sheer number of stylistic fusions that characterize Haiti’s music of the 60’s and 70’s. “Pile Ou Face,” by Les Loups Noirs, stands out with the notable influence of American soul music, and the lightly psychedelic elements of the guitar and organ make it especially unique.
From the liner notes:
Led by charismatic singer Gardner Lalanne, Les Loups Noirs (The Black Wolves) were extremely popular in the ’70s, touring extensively and recording across the Caribbean and in New York and Paris. “Pile Ou Face” (heads or tails) is an uncharacteristically experimental instrumental that layers saxophones and swirling organ over a rolling compas beat – a great demonstration of the way that the timbales and percussion sections of the big bands were being replaced by stripped-back cowbell and kick drum at the beginning of the ‘70s.
Haiti Direct, compiled by Hugo Mendez of Sofrito, is out today (tomorrow in the US). Pick it up at fine music stores worldwide, or via the links below:
iTunes • Amazon • Strut Store
The Caribbean is responsible for so much incredible music, it can be difficult to stay on top of it all. Haitian music in particular seems to have been broadly overlooked on a global scale. Our collection Haiti Direct (compiled by Hugo Mendez of Sofrito and out in January 2014) aims to offer an entry point to Haiti’s musical output of the 1960’s and 70’s, covering a variety of musical styles and interesting fusions. “Panno Caye Nan Bois Chêne,” by Les Fantaisistes de Carrefour, offers a glimpse at some of the music included in the collection.
From the album’s liner notes:
Founded by saxophonist Carmin Bichotte in the summer of 1967 in the Carrefour suburb of Port au Prince, Les Fantaisistes celebrated their more egalitarian roots and promoted themselves in opposition to the more uptown milieu of groups like Les Shleu Shleu, scoring numerous hits with lead singer Ricot Mazarin. The spaced-out “Panno Caye Nan Bois Chêne” – with vocals by Haitian singer and poet Ansy Derose – is taken from an album recorded whilst on tour in Guadeloupe in the early 70s and riffs on the local biguine rhythm to haunting effect.
Brand new Peruvian record label Tiger’s Milk Records joins forces with Strut Records for a unique one-off Xmas club special at Notting Hill Arts Club celebrating the release of new compilation album Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Cumbia and Tropical.
Featuring DJs from both Tiger’s Milk & Strut plus a special film session before the club night, there will be free CDs for the first 20 people through the door. The club interior will be aptly ‘tropicalised’ with plenty of digital imagery jumping off the walls featuring original artists and bands from the buoyant music scene in Peru during the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Musically, expect a mix of old and new music from each and every corner of the globe from Peru to Panama, Ghana to Thailand from soul and funk to Latin and highlife.
Date: Saturday 30th November 2013
Venue: Notting Hill Arts Club
Time: 7.00pm – 2.00am
Cost: Free before 8pm / £6 before 11pm / £8 after 11pm
MARTIN MORALES (Tiger’s Milk / Ceviche)
DUNCAN BROOKER (Strut)
DJ TYNE (Tiger’s Milk)
QUINTON SCOTT (Strut)
+ Exclusive Peruvian film screenings to start at 7.15pm
+ 20 Copies given away to the first 20 people on the night!