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.
Following excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the Sofrito series, and the Haiti Direct and Calypsoul 70 albums,Strut Records presents 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.
The Gaslamp Killer announces „The Gaslamp Killer Experience: Live In Los Angeles“, a new album recorded live in one final take. The recording of the sold out performance took place on November 7th at the Mayan Theatre, just after The Gaslamp Killer’s near death accident and against the advisement of his doctor, friends and family.
The Gaslamp Killer curated a 15-piece band of incredibly talented Los Angeles-based musicians including Amir Yaghmai of Jogger on guitar, Kamasi Washington from The Next Step on saxophone, one of LA’s most sought after musicians, Gene Coye, at the drums and trumpet player Todd Simon, founder of The Angel City All-Star Brass Band. The recording captures the collaborative performance in which The Gaslamp Killer acted as a modern age conductor, using his iPad to interact wirelessly with the band.
After the indefinite break of „Los Hermanos“, in 2007, Rodrigo Amarante began to devote himself to the Orquestra Imperial, and the group Little Joy, who founded together with Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro. After the release of the first album of the trio in 2008, the band was on tour in Brazil and around the world by 2009. Living in Los Angeles, in a place where he was unknown, Amarante then began to write about this „exile“ and to know again its nature, forming what would become horse (cavalo).
The 2013 released album „Cavalo“ was recorded in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and contains tracks sung in three different languages: Portuguese, English and French, plus some Japanese verses in the title track. Amarante alone recorded most of the album, which features the participation of former bandmates, as Rodrigo Barba, Fabrizio Moretti and Devendra Banhart.
Full album stream is available after the jump. Available on iTunes.
Guts and Mambo continue their sunny and musical adventures with a second volume of „Beach Diggin‘„. Expect more lazy and mellow grooves from the two fellas. Double LP gatefold out for the Record Store Day on April 19th and CD and Digital on April 28th, order direct via Heavenly Sweetness.
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.
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.
Anthony Joseph’s new live album is the synthesis of five years of music, three albums, more than 300 shows all over the world. If you missed Anthony Joseph and his Spasm band on stage, you can discover with this Live album recorded in Bremen/Germany, their powerful mix of Funk, Soca, psych rock. Out on Heavenly Sweetness, also available on iTunes.
„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.
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.