rivière noire

riviere-noire

The Riviere Noire band consists of Orlando Morais, Jean Lamoot, Pascal Danaé from Paris, Rio and Bamako, is about to release their first EP. Below you can watch a live performance of their song “Bate Longe”, featuring Kasse Mady Diabate. The band wrote the song 15 minutes before Kasse Mady stepped in the studio. Pre-order now on Amazon. Out 20th Januar 2014 on Atmosphériques/Sony Music.


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red hot + fela

red-hot-fela

RED HOT dropped their upcoming Fela Kuti tribute album entitled “RED HOT + FELA”. The compilation is set to have various contemporary musicians and recording artists pay homage to the late great Fela Kuti, who unexpectedly passed away from complications brought on by the AIDS virus in 1997. The album features thirteen Fela tracks, all remade by popular artist from the likes of legendary afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, fellow drummer ?uestlove of The Roots, TV On The Radio members, Baloji, Nneka, Spoek Mathambo, Just A Band, Zaki Ibrahim, Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo and Akua Naura. The album is out on Knitting Factory Records. Order direct or on iTunes.

Get a free download of “Buy Africa” featuring Baloji & L’Orchestre De La Katuba and Kuku here. The album is avaiable for streaming via npr.


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beach diggin’

guts-beach-diggin

“Beach Diggin’” is a sampler of 16 rare tropical groove tracks compiled by Mambo & Guts. Pre-order now on Heavenly Sweetness and download immediately an exclusive 50′ mix of the compilation by DJ Damage of the Jazz Liberatorz.

16 tracks are stamped on the pages of the record’s passport – boss nova, soul, jazz, latin, afro-funk and tropical, souvenirs of travels through North and Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean islands. Intoxicating tunes, radiant rhythms, velveteen vocals: Beach Diggin’ is for sipping through a straw, wiggling your hips and shaking your pelvis to, and it’s made to bring bodies into friction. 


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ondatropica

Ondatropica

Ondatropica is a musical collaboration lead by Mario Galeano and Will Holland. The foundation of the project was laid in a three week recording session at the legendary Discos Fuentes in Medellin, Colombia. It was there that over 40 musicians came together to revisit, revive and celebrate tropical music of the country.

An ‘Onda’ is a soundwave, a charge of sonic energy projected out into the atmosphere. Musical explosions like Ondatropica don’t come out of nowhere, each participant of Ondatropica has their own history and experience contributing to the whole. This mix celebrates the music of the individuals that make up the Ondatropica collective and the diversity of Latin America’s tropical music scene. The mix features the music of Peregoyo y su Combo Vacana, Flowering Inferno, Residuo Solido, Afrosound, Grupo Canalon, Esteban Copete y su Kinteto Pacifico, Michi Sarmiento, Frente Cumbiero, Anibal Velasquez, Romperayo, Pedro Ramaya Beltran, Piano Negro, El Combo de Pepe, Alfredito Linares, Ray Perez and the Meridian Brothers!

Ondatrópica’s debut album was released on July 16th on CD, LP and digitally through Soundway Records Soundway Records and iTunes.

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fela live

fela kuti live in detroit 1986

Strut Records teamed up with New York’s Knitting Factory for the exclusive worldwide release of “Live In Detroit, 1986″, the first new Fela Kuti material to be issued since his final studio album “Underground System”, in 1992. Get a free download here and purchase the album direct via Strut or Amazon.

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a soul cal disco special

Egon's Radio Nova Mix - A Soul Cal Disco Special

France’s Radio Nova just broadcast Egon’s exclusive Soul Cal mix stream it below or via Radio Nova’s podcast page. Included in the mix are a few unique companions to our definitive survey of America’s best, independent, 70s soul-ensembles, “Soul Cal” in stores now.

Egon’s Radio Nova Mix – A Soul Cal Disco Special
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Tracklist:
1. Anubis – Anubis
2. Cross Bronx Expressway – Help Your Brother
3. Apple & Three Oranges – Love Brings Out The Best In You
4. Hamilton Movement – She’s Gone
5. Key & Cleary – What It Takes To Live (from Soul Cal)
6. Mixed Feelings – Sha La La (from Soul Cal)
7. Elephant Sunrise – Sugar Free
8. Courtial – Losing You
9. Pure Essence – Wake Up (from Soul Cal)
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rocket juice & the moon

rocket juice & the moon

Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur), Tony Allen and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) founded their supergroup “Rocket Juice and the Moon”. During the last year the group recorded a couple of dozen instrumentals, the final 18 tracks on the album features Erykah Badu, M.anifest, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and the Malian keyboardist Cheick Tidiane Seck. It’s a mix of Afrobeat, Afrofunk and pure Funk. Tony Allen gives that touch of Africa. The voices of Albarn and Badu, when she’s implicated, are perfect for this kind of music, and they adjust to the beat. Purchase via iTunes.

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