June 26 2008
Just click play to listen to the latest Black Music Month mixtape which is focused on World Music. You can also check out our Muxtape as well.
Back to black, this week finds your guy Marcus on the mix, or is it mux, as we continue our celebration of black music this month. This week, we are exploring black music in its global context, and I am happy to have the chance to share some exciting music from reggae to afrobeat, afro-pop to grime, hip hop to psychedelic soul; there's a lot of great world music to get to know here in this week's muxtape, our fourth and final installment ofthe month.
Since much of this music will be a bit unfamiliar, lets trip through the list to give you the gist. First, I have to start with the lo fi, groovy guitar work of Angola's best known musician Bonga, a musician who challenged the colonial ideology of Portugal, singing songs of freedom for his homeland. Here we have a great example of his steez, a song called "Uengi Dia Ngola" from his seminal comp called Angola '70.
Got a lot of music here that has some Jamaican flavor though you'll note the range of countries that contribute to the genre is not just Jamaica. From Nigeria comes Chief Checker with a scorcher that is an original Jamaican riddim' rocked with afrobeat's swagger, "Ire Africa" is more goodness.
In the UK, reggae's pulse is echoed in the very contemporary sound of dubstep, especially on the track I have here, one from Rhythm & Sound who work with reggae's great singers with a slow-foot heartbeat shuffle sound here with Willie Williams showcasing their sound with proper fire.
Reggae's global impact is often underestimated because it is often made by people with the spirit but not the means, tough situations create crucibles that forge music so crucial, full of message or simply fun with great feeling, nowehere is this more evident than in the island of its birth. So here we got cuts that run the gamut, from Rob Symeonn's modern classic "Chosen One" (here on a hott remix) to Prince Fatty on a cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin & Juice".
And if you thought reggae was just a Jamaican convention then look here and check out the work of 77Klash, also out of NYC's Brooklyn borough with a gristly lovers rock anthem "She Told Me". Or, how about Midnite from the US, Virgin Islands that is, whose body of work reveals a man that works hard to keep it inspired, running roots reggae from behind the scenes, at the roots, with live audiences and tireless touring-- and here with his "Ainshant Maps."
Black music from around the world is not simply reggae, and here I've included some other great cuts. How about afro-pop's departed queen, Brenda Fassie out of South Africa with the anthem "V'ulindela" or the current queen on the scene, Asah with her infectious cut "Jailer", already an international hit. Or, The Dynamics covering Cymande's "Brothers On The Slide" an awesome jam.
For kicks, I've also included the worlds biggest grime mc, Dizzee Rascal with the hit "Siren" and rounded the set out with a dose of the newest of new artists, and one whom I am featuring today at noon, Esau Mwamwaya with "Komphopo," afro-soul sounds fused on Architecture In Helsinki's "Heart It Races" Riddim'. It The world edition of the Muxtape, Black Music Month, On 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, just enjoy it. Peace, Marcus.