Archive | octobre, 2019

Radio Verde: Cape Verdean Dancefloor Magic (Compiled by Americo Brito and Arp Frique for the label Colorful World in 2019)

27 Oct
 Arp Frique returns with a brand-new release on his imprint Colorful World Records in collaboration with Rush Hour. A compilation of 12 Cape Verdean gems assembled with the help and knowledge of Americo Brito, there is a very special story behind it. Americo Brito, who features on Arp Frique’s original Nos Magia
 (RHSTORE JAMS11, 2018), is a proud and important member of the Cape Verdean community in Rotterdam. His story reveals the historical connections between radio, vinyl, Cabo Verde and Rotterdam’s international music scene in the ’70s and ’80s. Cape Verdean insiders say « we export all they have to other countries, only to import it back again ». Cape Verdeans have migrated all over the world, mainly to cities with big harbors, like New York, Boston and Rotterdam (Holland). Rotterdam became one of the main destinations (next to Portugal) on the European mainland. When Americo, like many of his friends and relatives moved to Rotterdam, he quickly became infected with the music virus. Surrounded on a daily basis by Cape Verdean music in Portuguese pensions and small hotels, this was where sailors ingested a dose of « sodade » through the interpretations of their beloved music by the local Cape Verdean artists. Americo took to the stage with his band Djarama in the ’70s and ’80s. The live music scene was buzzing and the Cape Verdean community had their own infrastructure for arranging shows, often in nightclubs where the band had to bring their own soundsystem. Interestingly, Americo didn’t stick to performing and recording music. He began to spread the Cape Verdean magical secret of music across Rotterdam, Holland and beyond through radio. Americo’s music collection stems from this era, also aided by his many travels across Europe to cities with Cape Verdean communities. Alongside Rotterdam local, Arp Frique, Americo unveils some of these songs: dancefloor hits and beloved radio gems known in the Cape Verdean scene by younger and older generations alike, and so far undiscovered by a « bigger » audience. The compilation showcases the worldly view of Cape Verdean music, incorporating knowledge from their travels in their compositions. It ranges from the obvious funana and coladeira, to the more unexpected influences of deep disco, new wave, up-tempo reggae, jazz-funk, and Brazilian pop music. Features Cabo Verde BandAmerico Brito & DjaramaCabo Verde ShowElisio VieiraVluGalaxia 2000Mendes & MendesDanny CarvalhoJose Casimiro, and Zeca & Zeze Di Nha Reinalda.

MOGADISCO: DANCING MOGADISHU: SOMALIA 1972-1991 by Analog Africa in december 2019)

27 Oct
After being blown away by a few tunes – probably just as you will be after listening to this – Samy Ben Redjeb travelled to the infamous capital city of Somalia in November of 2016, making Analog Africa the first music label to set foot in Mogadishu.
On his arrival in Somalia Samy began rifling through piles of cassettes and listening to reel-to-reel tapes in the dusty archives of Radio Mogadishu, looking for music that ‘swam against the current’. The stars were aligned: an uncovered and unmarked pile of discarded recordings was discovered in a cluttered corner of the building. Colonel Abshir – the senior employee and protector of Radio Mogadishu’s archives – clarified that the pile consisted mostly of music nobody had manage to identify, or music he described as being ‘mainly instrumental and strange music’. At the words ‘strange music’ Samy was hooked, the return flight to Tunisia was cancelled.
The pile turned out to be a cornucopia of different sounds: radio jingles, background music and interludes for radio programmes, television shows and theatre plays. There were also a good number of disco tunes, some had been stripped of their lyrics, the interesting parts had been recorded multiple times then cut, taped together and spliced into a long groovy instrumental loop.
Like everywhere in Africa during the 1970s, both men and women sported huge afros, bell-bottom trousers and platform shoes. James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations’ funk were the talk of the town. In 1977, Iftin Band were invited to perform at the Festac festival in Lagos where they represented Somalia at the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. Not only did they come back with an award but they also returned with Afrobeat. While Fela Kuti’s ‘Shakara’ had taken over the continent and was spreading like wildfire throughout Latin America, it was the track ‘Lady’ that would become the hit in Mogadishu.
Mogadisco was not Analog Africa’s easiest project. Tracking down the musicians – often in exile in the diaspora – to interview them and gather anecdotes of golden-era Mogadishu has been an undertaking that took three years. Tales of Dur-Dur Band’s kidnapping, movie soundtracks recorded in the basements of hotels, musicians getting electrocuted on stage, others jumping from one band to another under dramatic circumstances, and soul singers competing against each other, are all stories included in the massive booklet that accompanies the compilation – adorned with no less than 50 pictures from the ‘70s and ‘80s. As Colonel Abshir Hashi Ali, chief don at the Radio Mogadishu archive – someone who once wrestled a bomber wielding an unpinned hand-grenade to the floor – put it: ‘I have dedicated my life to this place. I’m doing this so it can get to the next generation; so that the culture, the heritage and the songs of Somalia don’t disappear.’


LAMP Records – It Glowed Like The Sun: The Story of Naptown’s Motown, 1969-1972 (2019/Now Again)

20 Oct

Sometimes, all it takes is one man to recognize a city’s potential for an industry. In Indianapolis, that man was Herb Miller, and his business was soul and funk. He came to prominence long after Indy’s allure as a jazz destination waned. He founded LAMP Records in the late 1960s to wake Naptown from its musical slumber.Miller served a critical role in city’s burgeoning soul and funk scene, providing not only financial backing, but acting as a one-stop, record-making shop for artists that had, to that point, been doing it all themselves. He’s the Berry Gordy you’ve never heard of. His roster – national acts like the Vanguards and Ebony Rhythm Band alongside talented, regional acts such as the Moonlighters, Montiques, Pearls and the Words of Wisdom Truth Revue – rivaled that of any American independent and paved the way for the ascension of 80s and 90s hitmakers Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “L.A.” Reid, both of whom cut their teeth with LAMP alumnus. (NOW AGAIN RECORDS)

Dan Treacy est avec Robyn Hitchcock le seul digne et véritable héritier de Syd Barrett

20 Oct

THE SONG OF MY LIFE – vol 438 : Hefner ‎– We Were Meant To Be

20 Oct

Blue Orchids ‎– The Magical Record of Blue Orchids (2019/Tiny Global Productions)

20 Oct

LA POLITIQUE DES SONGWRITER VOL 517 : VANISHING TWIN (une série de compilation en K7 audio)

12 Oct
De 1990 à 2000 j’ai enregistré pour mes amis et girlfriend et moi même une série de compilation en k7 audio (que des artistes de cœur de mr persévérance) la série s’appelle « la politique des songwriter » (c’est un clin d’œil à la politique des auteurs des cahiers du cinéma) j’ai créé exactement 500 volumes puis je me suis arrêté. j’ai toujours essayé à ma bien modeste échelle d’être un passeur , il y a peu lors d’un dégât des eaux dans le garage de mes parents je suis retombé sur une partie des k7 .Cette série de compilation est une ode au support physique K7 et aux artistes qui constituent la colonne vertébrale de ma culture musicale. Le vol 517 est consacré au combo VANISHING TWIN. La ligne éditoriale de cette série compilation est éclectique et ne souhaite se conformer à aucun style de musique en particulier. En mars 2019 j’ai décidé de reprendre cette série de compilation qui s’achèvera définitivement au volume 1000.Cela intéresse t’il encore quelqu’un en 2019 ? si OUI , c’est avec plaisir et Gratuitement que je vous enverrai par la poste une copie de la précieuse K7 (voici mon mail perso hanslucas12@gmx.fr) 


Roger Ballen à BOBOLAND

12 Oct

2 albums de cœur de Mr PERSÉVÉRANCE paru en 2007

12 Oct

The Book Of My Life – vol 20 : Sex Press: The Sexual Revolution in the Underground Press de 1963 à 1979 (Abrams in 2012) compiled by Vincent Berniere and Mariel primois

12 Oct