Filed under: Afrobeat, funk, Hip Hop, music, Psychedelic | Tags: ghostface, ghostfunk, max tannone
Damnn Mr. Tannone did it again. The man has the ability to take an existing HIPHOP track, add an entirely different beat to it and have it sound so authentic that if you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was the original version.
First Max Tannone hit us up with Mos Dub and Dub Kweli and now he presents us with something slightly different from his previous projects … ”Ghostfunk”. Released in July 2011, Ghostfunk pairs one of his favorite hip-hop artists, Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, with vintage African funk, high-life, and psychedelic rock music. Enjoy!!
Filed under: Afrobeat, Hip Hop, music, music video | Tags: blitz the ambassador, native sun
I offer y’all my sincere apologies for basically updating you on this release on the day it’s released. I have known about this for a while but I just didn’t have time to post. No biggie cause I have just the treat to make it up to you.
It’s no secret that Strangefruitmusicblog has big love for Blitz the Ambassador from Sterotype to Stereolive. Therefore it’s no wonder we’re just as excited about “Native Sun”. Native Sun, Blitz the Ambassador’s second studio album, is a mix of highlife, afrobeat, and hip hop. Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, Blitz and his band, the Embassy Ensemble, bring a new sound to international music. Native Sun, will be released May 3rd in North America, and May 6th Worldwide.
Visuals for “the Best I Can” feat. Corneille can be streamed below.
If after watching the video above you are curious about the overall sound of the album. Look no further cause below you’ll be able to stream “Native Sun” before you head over to iTunes (US): http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/native-sun/id430515104 or iTunes (Europe): http://itunes.apple.com/preorder/native-sun-exclusive-version/id433198624 to order your copy.
Told you I would make it up to you … enjoy!!
Filed under: Afrobeat, Download, Electronic, mix | Tags: dj underdog, lunchbox theory
What Can I say…Mr. Underdog did it again just when you think you’ve heard it all on ÅFRICA ▲FRICA △FRICA PT.➋ he steps up and delivers nr.3 and even though all the Africa Africa Africa mixes have the afro beat vibe in common, their each an exhilarating experience in their own right. Enough talking enjoy and download nr. 3 of the mixes here.
Filed under: Afrobeat, Download, mix | Tags: africa africa africa, dj underdog, lunchbox theory
Strangefruitmusicblog hereby thanx DJ Underdog for compiling this off tha hook mixtape with an Afro beat flavour. Since this is part 2 we’ve obviously missed the first 1 which dropped earlier this year in April. If you are interested you can click here and find out more about Africa Africa Africa part 1.
Where Africa Africa Africa pt. 1 took us into the continent, pt. 2 takes us into the future. ÅFRICA ▲FRICA △FRICA PT.➋ features 10 afro-futuristic tracks from Fela Kuti’s body thumping “Zombie” to Die Vögel’s “Empire”…Enjoy!!
Filed under: Afrobeat, music, music video | Tags: mshini wam, spoek mathambo
This is why I love Theophilus this man just can’t be boxed …his rendition of Nat King Cole’s “Calypso Blues” featured on Mark Ronson’s Authentic Shit show on East Village Radio on the 31st of July is most definitely on point. Enjoy!!
Filed under: Afrobeat, music video | Tags: brownswood, gilles peterson, owiny sigoma band
In 2009, a handful of London-based musicians travelled to Nairobi in Kenya to collaborate with two local musicians: Joseph Nyamungo and Charles Okoko, who hail from a village up country called Owiny Sigoma. The workshop/rehearsals were a lot of fun and pretty fruitful so they set about finding a studio that could accomodate a 7-piece live band. The resulting four tracks made their way to Gilles Peterson who promptly signed the band to his Brownswood imprint and sent the boys back to Nairobi for another week-long recording session with Joseph, Charles and their extended musical family.
Filed under: Afrobeat, mix, music video, nu soul | Tags: eclectica in purple, zaki ibrahim
Zaki Ibrahim is a Canadian neo-soul singer with a wide-ranging style that encompasses hip-hop and spoken word as well as jazz and world music. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she is the daughter of a South African father and a Scottish mother. While growing up she traveled back and forth from Canada to South Africa, where she spent a lot of time in Cape Town. She later based herself in Toronto and embarked on a musical career. Ibrahim co-founded the label District Six Music and made her commercial recording debut with Shö: Iqra in Orange (2006), a ten-track EP. A couple years later she returned with Eclectica (Episodes in Purple) (2008), an eight-track EP released in association with the Sony Music subsidiary Red Ink Music. Her song “Money” was nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the JUNO Awards in 2009. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi.
Aforementioned facts are taken from her Bio on Itunes…and now it’s time for tha downlow. I stumbled upon her latest video for the track Money (King Britt Remix) on the Mintcollective and was immediately alarmed to do a little research. I Have to say I was pleasantly surprised with my findings. This young lady has a most refreshing sound and very soulfull voice. My adviceis….do visit her My Space and or Website cause I promise you…you will enjoy everything from audio to video.
Filed under: Afrobeat, Download, Electronic, music | Tags: mshini wam, spoek mathambo
Told ya we’d be back with some Spoek Mathambo. Strangefruitmusicblog just received word that this youngster will be dropping his album Mshini Wam via BBE records on the 13th of September 2010.
Part of a new breed of African artists, 24 year old Spoek Mathambo (Rapper/DJ and Graphic Designer/Illustrator) is hitting the world hard with his take on Afro-futurism. Spoek sees himself as a part of a new wave of energy in Africa, which is intent on nurturing a sense of progressiveness while maintaining a pride in culture. As front-man for electrorap outfits SWEAT.X and PLAYDOE, Spoek Mathambo has become an increasingly prominent figure in the international music scene over the last couple of years.
The aforementioned is the story so far provided by PR. The Strangefruitmusic take on this is that it is refreshing, new and hot…I guess this is the way you take afrobeat to the next level. Anyways below you can listen and dowload the title track of the upcoming album….enjoy!!
DOWNLOAD: MSHINI WAM
Finally the strangefruitmusicblog has a World Cup update worth posting. I stumbled upon this gem on the Okayplayer website and it sounded so uplifting….we had to share!!
For those of you keeping track of this year’s World Cup (wipe those tears Brazil fans), it is taking place in South Africa (the first World Cup in Africa). Ghana is the lone remaining African nation in the tournament and they are playing as i type to become the first African nation to advance to the semifinals. In honor of The Ghana Black Stars and their accomplishment Ghanaian emcee Blitz The Ambassador created this Ghana Black Stars Anthem to support the team. Watch the video above, which is in his native language, Twi. (source: Okayplayer)
Filed under: Afrobeat, Download, Electronic, Hip Hop, mix, music | Tags: spoek mathambo
DOWNLOAD: PITCH PERFECT MIXTAPE #6 AFRICA
DJ CNDO, “Terminator” (SA)
DJ Mujava f. DJ Menace, “Tshwara” (SA)
BB Ramazani, “Fouka Fouka” (Cote D’ivoire)
Dirty Paraffin, “Aha” (SA)
Pastor Mbhobho, “Ayobaness” (SA)
Shanaka, “2010 Football” (Cote D’ivoire)
Spoek Mathambo, “Mshini Wam” (South Africa)
Strangefruitmusicblog thinks this mixtape to be a definite must share. It’s the final of a total of six mixtapes from Nike’s Sportswear & the Fader pitch perfect program which features mixtapes with music from six continents.
This Africa mixtape is especially hype on a very electronic – afro beat – hip hop tip, mixed and featuring a lot of work by South African Spoek Mathambo. Wondering how all this sounds click here and you will be reffered to the Fader article on this mixtape.
Spoek Mathambo a name that is going to be surfacing a lot in the near future and this does not only apply to this blog (see Cubic Zirconia post with the music video for the track Black & Blue feat. Spoek Matambo). Who is Spoek Mathambo?!…Watch the video below and find out!!
Filed under: Afrobeat, alternative, music, music video | Tags: tinanshé, zambezi
Borrowed this from: Tropical Bass:
The LP “Ye Fre Mi Richy Pitch” (They call me Richy Pitch in Twi) is the fruit of a two-year stay of producer and DJ, Richy Pitch from UK in Ghana, West Africa, a land with amazing musical cultures and traditions.
He recorded with local stars and talent and fused the classic sound of Ghanaian music with his own production skills.
This LP presents different styles of Ghanaian and West African music from Highlife, Hiplife to Afrobeat to traditional percussion music, all combined with a fresh production twist.
It features the cream of Ghanaian music talent including MOBO and MTV Africa winner Samini,Reggie Rockstone, known as the Godfather of Hiplife and talented MC’s such as Wanlov the Kubolor, M3NSA and M.anifest, and many more inspiring Ghanaian artists.
Since Richy Pitch comes from a Hip Hop background it is just natural that many tracks are Rap tunes: Pidgin Rap with lyrics in English, Twi, Fante and Ga. However this album is more than a just another Hip Hop LP: “Ninsuo” and “Abanaba” both sung by Kwesi Dankwa are true Palmwine Highlife pieces, “Odo Yea” by Gouda is a traditional percussion song, in “Dey Suffer” Yasmeen with her incredibly soulful voice gives a critical statement about the emigration out of Africa, and “Dey Craze” is a very funky kind of Afrobeat Rap tune.
And then there is “We’re Taking Over” that starts like a radio show, turns out to be a Rap tune with DJ Black on the mic, then Samini takes over and does justice to his title as one of Africa’s greatest Dancehall artists and in the end a third beat comes in and it all starts to sound pretty much like Soca!
The LP “Ye Fre Mi Richy Pitch” is to be released on BBE Records in June 2010.
It is a versatile LP that gives a great insight to the Ghanaian music scene. It is packed with lots of fine humour, energy and a great fusion of modern and traditional sounds, fat beats and beautiful voices from Ghana that tell the listeners a lot about their live and homeland – and you don’t even have to understand Twi to feel them!
For all those who can’t wait until June, go and get the single “Black Star” feat. M.anifest (see video above) that will already be available in all download stores by the end of April.
Filed under: Afrobeat, documentary, Jazz, music, music video | Tags: carmen souza, protegid
1. M Sta Li Ma Bo
2. Afri Ka
3. Dos Eternidade
4. Tente Midj
6. Dxam Ess Moment
8. Song For My Father
9. Kem E Bo
10. Magia Ca Tem
12. Mara Marga
Purchase and listen on Itunes
I do not have a clue why I didn’t write about this before because this release has been on repeat for a while now. But the main reason I didn’t mention her was probably the fact that the strangefruitmusicblog features a lot of electronic music, funk, hip hop and soul and even though very jazzy at times Protegid is a typical world music release.
Carmen Souza will tell you all about the creative proces in the video documentary above and better yet you will get a feel of what to expect when you listen to Protegid. An earflattering release that will evoke beatiful and happy emotions.
The main reason you should know about Protegid and the very enchanting Mrs. Souza is that she will be performing and North Sea Jazz on Sunday the 11th of July. Since I already saw her perform this year video material of that beautiful performance is included.
Filed under: Afrobeat, interview, Jazz, music, music video | Tags: the souljazz orchestra
The Souljazz Orchestra was here!!…and as you are about to witness they rocked the house. They are not only very talented musicians but they are just really nice folks. It was truly a marvelous musical performance…you know the kind…groovy, with a very energetic vibe from beginning to end. I did do my utmost to capture all of this on video and lets just say…it was kinda hard to get all six members of the group on video. As for the sound…a slight warning…do not turn the volume all the way up…because it just might blow up your speakers (it sure as hell blew up my eardrums that night)!!
And as usual we plan to do an interview (..we try to plan…would be more accurate) which usually turns out to be more of a casual chat because they are mostly at the end of the show and by then everybody is well…kinda tired. Nevertheless this interview was fun and very informative at the same time. Like the “Erykah Badu video” our interview/chat was done “guerilla style” one shot, one take to do everything right…and a part from the fact I should’ve really styled my fro and chosen a room that was a little less rowdy…everything looks and sound pretty much like it was supposed to… Enjoy !!
THANK YOU SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA!!
Filed under: Afrobeat, event, music, music video | Tags: the souljazz orchestra
Filed under: Afrobeat, documentary, music | Tags: black voices revisted, tony allen
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Tony Allen’s legendary debut album Black Voices, Comet will release the album again as Black Voices Revisted. Eric Trosset, founder of Comet did a short documentary about Black Voices which you can watch below. Chances are you will be in an afro beat kinda mood after the documentary and if so….the following information will help you to keep Afro Beat alive!!
Tony Allen will visit the Netherlands pretty soon to perform and the dates are 22 May at Music Meetint in Nijmegen, 29 th of May at Nattjazz Festival in Bergen and 3oth of May at Dunya Festival in Rotterdam.
Filed under: Afrobeat, event, Jazz, music, music video | Tags: Rising sun, the souljazz orchestra
Yep Strange Fruit is bringing in summer early this year. On the 21st of April to be exact when THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA is going to be in ROTOWN. All that is certain is that this is going to be a PARTY!! But to make sure that everybody knows what it is I’m talking about here is a litlle Strangefruitmusicblog update on THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA…so that ya’ll know what I know in order to know what to do on the 21st of April!!
The band formed in Ottawa in 2002, and its six members met after years of playing individually on the city’s jazz scene. They soon gravitated towards Afrobeat’s heavier grooves. Drawing on the rough, raw grooves of the ‘60s and ‘70s and effortlessly fusing soul, jazz, Afro and latin rhythms within their music, they have moved forward the blueprint of Fela, Fania and the funk in entirely new ways, whilst keeping the vital analogue grit intact. The aforementioned is very audible on their latest release The Rising Sun which is acclaimed by Gilles Peterson as their best album.
Since reading isn’t the same as experiencing…I’ve added some funky grooves to get you in tha right mood for the 21st of April!!
Related post: THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA (MUSIC VIDEO)
Filed under: Afrobeat, music, music video | Tags: Agbara, Rising sun, Soul Jazz Orchestra