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ZMEI3

On A Musical Trip Through Transylvania

"Rough Romanian Soul" is the title to their debut album and that is exactly what the Berlin-based quartet Zmei3 formed around two Romanian immigrants delivers. Classically trained vocalist Paula Turcas and band [...]

"Rough Romanian Soul" is the title to their debut album and that is exactly what the Berlin-based quartet Zmei3 formed around two Romanian immigrants delivers. Classically trained vocalist Paula Turcas and band leader Mihai Victor Iliescu on guitar are joined by master vibraphonist Oli Bott and the full sound of double bass player Arnulf Ballhorn as the group conjures up a powerful blend of urban music inspired by its rural Romanian heritage. Recorded live and without overdubs in Transylvania by Grammy® award-winner Ian Brennan (whom you may remember from the Zomba Prison Project), their "beautiful and heartfelt music rises from the harsh realities and struggles of a post-Communist rule", both primal and at times haunting. 

"Eastern Europe in general has been neglected by the rest of the world in terms of interest and exploration of music and culture. It has literally and deliberately been treated as a bloc. There is a great ignorance amongst many as to what Eastern Europe even is after World War II, so to have vibrant and modern music from Romania is a very valuable thing." (Ian Brennan)

Below you can watch the 30-minute documentary by German journalist Roman Rhode, which follows the group on their journey 'home' through breathtaking Transylvanian landscapes, rich in hue and heritage. 

"Rough Romanian Soul" will be released on April 22nd via San Francisco imprint Six Degrees Records.

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I Like Your Girlfriend

Straight Outta Accra: Bryte X Gaffaci's 'Word-Of-Mouth' Classic Gets An Official Release
 

Let's set things straight: We love the increased attention African artists have been receiving in recent years, especially on the global club circuit. Many a newish afrofusion genre is currently being concocted in [...]

Let's set things straight: We love the increased attention African artists have been receiving in recent years, especially on the global club circuit. Many a newish afrofusion genre is currently being concocted in studios across the world, by combining traditional African elements with dancefloor styles originating mainly in the Western hemisphere. While some may be quick to emphasise that this is just another modern-day form of cultural appropriation and thus a highly controversial matter, it is hard to argue that this obvious trend has upped the visibility and exposure of said artists in Western media, thereby creating new opportunities for hybrid and innovative sounds from the African continent to hit the market. 

What we have here then, is a prime example of a dangerously catchy homegrown production, a "word-of-mouth classic" about to set the world ablaze. After surfacing in several lo-fi dance videos on YouTube, the "impeccable grime-meets-afrohouse" sounds of Ghanaian music producer Gafacci and the "bizarro lyrics" of his compatriot Bryte on "I Like Your Girlfriend" have finally received an official release by ways of London-based imprint Ransom Note Records

"Coming from Accra’s booming Azonto dance scene, where tracks are knocked out in makeshift home-built studios then swapped through social media apps on smartphones, a proper release of 'I Like Your Girlfriend' has long remained a holy grail. Now, after months of searching, several Western Union transfers, hundreds of WhatsApp messages and no lack of determination, Ransom Note have finally managed to legitimately sign the track, and are all set to give a modern classic the 12” release it deserves - making history with what is quite possibly the first Azonto track to be released on vinyl."

"I Like You Girlfriend" is a "carnival-ready curveball", a definitive "afro-ghetto-techno-pop" anthem, blending "bouncing techy minimalism" with elements from house and UK funky to create a quirky genre-defying mutant of sorts. What at first sounds like the beginning to yet another cheesy EDM replicant, quickly cuts to the 128 bpm chase, waisting no time to unfold its irresistible charm in just under three minutes. 

The official vinyl release comprises the original, Gafacci's instrumental track, three hard-hitting remixes by Bawrut, Ahadadream and Oyinboy as well as a bonus of Bryte's acapella to serve as "the perfect mixing tool". What's more, the vinyl release is limited to 30(!!!) and we have already placed our order. But don't fret, the digital release is sure to get the job done. Listen in the SoundCloud player above or head over to Bandcamp now.

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Les Frères Mégri

Holy Grail 1974 Morrocan Prog-Psych-Folk LP Remastered & Reissued For First Time Ever

Thou shalt not judge a book by its cover. With records it's different though and so in this case we did, we trusted our gut feeling on this one and were rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime album. Recently reissued [...]

Thou shalt not judge a book by its cover. With records it's different though and so in this case we did, we trusted our gut feeling on this one and were rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime album. Recently reissued via Marseille-based label Sudiphone in a limited edition of 500, this highly sought-after album by the three Moroccan brothers Mahmoud, Hassan and Younès Mégri, known as Les Frères Mégri, was first released in 1974. The band originally formed in Oujda in the late 1960s and consisted of four members, including their sister Jalila Mégri. Previously the Mégri brothers had made a name for themselves as "popular session musicians, composers and producers in Morocco, starting in the late '50s". After releasing four singles in the early 1970s (El Harib/Heya Essamra, Galouli Ensaha/Kellemtini, Sebar/Ououd Ou Chouk in 1971 and Sabar/Chaaltiha Nar in 1972) this groundbreaking collaborative LP marked their second album release. 

Now beautifully remastered, this album was almost impossible to track down for the past 40+ years and is considered a holy grail among diggers today, "one of the finest examples of the early '70s progressive, psych, folk sounds coming from North Africa and beyond [...] and a high point for the genre globally. A baroque folk approach that demonstrates utterly mesmerising results, psychedelic, electric guitars, sitars, bongos, swirling multi-tracked vocals that sound like prime era Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Trees, and the first two Pink Floyd albums -- It is of that pedigree"

Listen to "Galouli Ensaha" below and head over to Staalplaat now, to place your order. Don't sleep on this one.

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Uhamiaji

Tanzania's Msafiri Zawose Premieres Two Tracks Off Forthcoming Album On Soundway
 

Browsing through the world wide web, we chanced upon a downright hypnotic track by Tanzania's vocalist Msafiri Zawose, "one of the biggest slept-on musical forces from the region". A descendant of the Wagogo people, [...]

Browsing through the world wide web, we chanced upon a downright hypnotic track by Tanzania's vocalist Msafiri Zawose, "one of the biggest slept-on musical forces from the region". A descendant of the Wagogo people, a Bantu-speaking, traditionally nomadic tribe inhabiting central Tanzania, "known for their musicality and made famous by Hukwe Zawose - Msafiri’s father, who toured the world as a part of Peter Gabriel’s Real World roster in the 80s and 90s", Zawose is now carrying the proverbial and musical torch. 

Back in August 2016, Santuri, "a vibrant and creative East African underground network that allows artists and musicians the freedom to experiment and grow" , took a trip to the town of Bagamoyo, located on the Tanzanian coast, along with Sound Thread's Sam Jones, a music producer, who most recently worked with Orlando Julius and delivered some much lauded remixes for Mugwisa International (see video below) and Sarabi

Zawose and Jones developed a mutually respectful yet "highly charged working relationship" and began laying the groundwork for a new album "that will redefine the boundaries of gogo music" and is set to be released on Soundway Records on September 1st. And if we are to judge by the first two tracks already premiered these past weeks, this collaboration promises to be nothing short of a revelation. The result is a body of work that "remains profoundly gogo, but is infused with an organic electronic aesthetic, brought about by Jones’ exceptional production and feeling for textures. The tracks give off a borderless feeling, soaking up influences from across the globe - an afro-futurist journey that takes in dub, balearic, ambient and electronic vibrations alongside Zawose’s hypnotic playing and emotive, plaintive vocals".

"Nzala Urugu" opens with a thrusting rhythm and ethereal vocal chants, before being carried away by a gorgeous flute line and descending deeper into electronic realms. The driving "Pole Pole" on the other hand, which you can listen to in the SoundCloud player above, embarks on a more rudimental sax solo and is then taken over by slighlty distorted sound effects and Zawose's emphatic verses, before returning to a more harmonic structure and suddenly finding an beautifully captivating 'chordial' groove. "Wow, what is this?", you may find yourself asking. And you may find yourself answering: "I have no idea, but I really dig this".

"Uhamiaji" will be released as 2LP, CD and digitally on September 1, 2017.

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Shake It 'Live' At Sziget!

Stream: The Jewish Monkeys Take The Stage At Hungary's Sziget Festival This Saturday
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Once again, it is festival time in good ol' fortress Europe, as Hungary's well-established Sziget Festival takes center stage and our very own Jewish Monkeys perform on the jam-packed World Music Stage. After an [...]

Once again, it is festival time in good ol' fortress Europe, as Hungary's well-established Sziget Festival takes center stage and our very own Jewish Monkeys perform on the jam-packed World Music Stage. After an already busy summer, including a raucous show at the Düsseldorf-based Asphalt Festival in July, the JMs are set to play their hearts out, alongside a well-nourished lineup of acclaimed as well as up-and-coming global players the likes of the Goran Bregovic Wedding And Funeral Band (SRB), The Klezmatics (USA), Leningrad (RU), Tuareg band Tamikrest, Bixiga 70 (BRA), Dakhabrakha (UKR), Gaye Su Akyol (TR) and many more. Check the entire 'World' lineup and time schedule here

What's more, the shows will all be available as a live stream on Sziget's YouTube channel and Facebook page as well as via ARTE. No excuses here folks! The Jewish Monkeys perform this Saturday, August 11 at 17:15 CET. So get ready to shake it at Sziget! 

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Vintage Afropop

The British Library Reveals Close To 8,000 Recordings From Guinea's Syliphone Archive

While this may not come as news to some of you, we just stumbled upon the amazing sound archive of The British Library, home to some "90,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word and human and natural [...]

While this may not come as news to some of you, we just stumbled upon the amazing sound archive of The British Library, home to some "90,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word and human and natural environments" to be explored/streamed at will, if time permits. Among this vast collection is a segment dedicated to world and traditional music, "available for non-commercial research, study and private enjoyment".

Moving deeper into the proverbial thicket, we were initially tipped off by a tweet via Open Culture, pointing us in the direction of close to 8,000 Vintage Afropop Recordings Digitized & Made Available by The British Library, hailing from the archives of Radio Télévision Guinée, "created in the Republic of Guinea under the Presidency of Sékou Touré (1958-1984) following independence from France". The sound database is accompanied by an 8-page PDF guide, "created by project holder Dr Graeme Counsel, which gives a history of the archive alongside some recommended listenings".

"Sékou Touré saw the development of a national identity as key to the progress of his nation. The development of culture was thus central to his government. State-sponsored orchestras were created and the government bought them their musical instruments, paid them a wage, and created national arts festivals in which their groups performed. Foreign music was banned from the radio, and here the government filled the gap by building a state of the art recording studio and creating its own recording label, Syliphone."

So without further ado, feast your ears on this rich collection of sounds from Guinea, to be browsed by language, performer, recording title or recordist. Or move on to other sections. Your choice. In any case, you can't go wrong. 

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Dig! Delve! Damn!

Tuscany-Based Producer Clap! Clap! Delves Into The Dutch Audio Archives & Digs Up Many A Treasure

It is a wild dream, unlike any other, textures of sound, part organic, part machine, layers upon layers of intricate audioscapes, evolving into a 20-minute soundtrack out of space and time, a journey to distant [...]

It is a wild dream, unlike any other, textures of sound, part organic, part machine, layers upon layers of intricate audioscapes, evolving into a 20-minute soundtrack out of space and time, a journey to distant lands of sonic temptation. By now you may have realised that we are absolutely overwhelmed by the latest 8-track offering from internationally acclaimed producer and performer Cristiano Crisci, aka Clap! Clap!, "one of Italy's brightest new talents, [known] to bring together disparate inspirations and styles onto the dancefloor of  his mind".

As part of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision's RE:VIVE initiative and realised in collaboration with the Research Centre for Material Culture's Unlocking Sounds project, Clap! Clap! as well as fellow producers Ash Koosha and Parrish Smith were provided access to the Amsterdam-based Tropenmuseum's sound archive, "which features thousands of original field recordings from around the globe dating back to the 1920s. This collection was started by Dutch conservationist J.C. Lamster and Jaap Kunst, who would eventually coin the term ‘ethnomusicology’: the study of music in its cultural and social context. The archives do not only include recordings of music, but also stories, narratives, languages, rituals, dance and other auditory signals from the past."

There, each producer was able to get familiar with the source material, while conferring with leading researchers from the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, Leiden University, and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies: "To have the honour of digging through the Dutch audio archives was like a dream come true! I was very excited to delve in and explore the vast differences between those countries. It was also an important responsibility to approach the project with respect for the sources of recordings, as many were from the ex-Colonies of the Netherlands", Clap! Clap! explains.

Clap! Clap! eventually proceeded to sample the source material and translate the various sounds via his own individual style to achieve fascinating results, as he "[stripped[ down his bombastic, multilayered take on global rhythms, jazz, and footwork, letting the samples take center stage. Drawing on the archive's recordings from Afghanistan, Suriname, Zambia, Bali, Libya, India, Uzbekistan & Morocco, accompanying and accentuating them with his singular voice".

Enter "DIG! DELVE! DAMN! (Dutch Archive Edition)", which you can stream and download for free right here. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what we're talking about. Stunning!!! 

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White African Power

Acclaimed Record Producer Ian Brennan Records Breathtaking Album With Tanzania Albinism Collective

Prolific Grammy-winning US record producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, ZMEI3) is back at it again. For his latest Six Degrees Records-released project Brennan travelled to the remote Tanzanian [...]

Prolific Grammy-winning US record producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, ZMEI3) is back at it again. For his latest Six Degrees Records-released project Brennan travelled to the remote Tanzanian inland island Ukerewe, accessible only by ferry and known as a refuge for people suffering from Albinism (a genetic condition marked by the complete or partial absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes). 

"It is a sad and tragic fact that people living with Albinism in East Africa are hunted and persecuted, based on the belief that their body parts can transmit magical powers & that they are in some way 'demonic.' As a result, they have been killed and dismembered, [and] constantly live in fear."

Together with members of the Standing Voice community, Brennan organised songwriting workshops, encouraging volunteers to "write about their experiences and to express what they wanted others to understand about their existence. But even among the willing, singing-out proved hard within a group that routinely avoided eye contact, rarely spoke above a whisper, and were unaccustomed to dancing." 

With time, the music started flowing, bringing themes of loneliness and alienation to the surface. Many of the lyrics are in Kikirewe and Jeeta, dialects officially discouraged and censored, following unification of the country in 1964. As such, "the Tanzania Albinism Collective offers a glimpse into music that comes from the heart and soul of a group of people, who up until now have been almost completely under represented and “unheard.” The resulting album is in turns beautiful, emotional, harrowing, fascinating and mostimportantly, completely 'human'.” 

The album's title "White African Power" then, is a reference to those with albinism in East Africa, being called 'White' by their oppressors and thus, a means of empowerment to those, who "have suffered such atrocities and ostracism from birth, yet still manage to endure."  Head over to Bandcamp to stream the full album, released in June.

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Negro Soy

Boebis Unveils 'Echoes Of Black Peru' Mixtape

This is not the first time we have shared content via Latin American music and culture webzine/publisher Sounds and Colours. And, if you remember their Peruvian Folklore compilation, it is also not the first time [...]

This is not the first time we have shared content via Latin American music and culture webzine/publisher Sounds and Colours. And, if you remember their Peruvian Folklore compilation, it is also not the first time we revisit Peru. On the occasion of today's Peruvian Independence Day, French 'musicologist' and DJ Boebis unveiled a new mixtape. Digging deep into Afro-Peruvian history Boebis' selection features tracks by artists, who consistently fought for the "culture and rights of Peru's Afro-descendent people to be recognised", including cajonist and composer Caitro Soto, pictured above. Listen to the entire mix on Mixcloud and check out the tracklist below. 

Victoria Santa Cruz “Me Gritaron Negra” (excerpt)
Abelardo Vásquez y Cumanana “Prendeme la Vela” (alcatraz / Abelardo Vásquez )
Nicómedes Santa Cruz “Samba Malanto” (landó)
Roberto Rivas y el Conjunto Gente Morena “Enciendete Candela” (ingâ / Roberto Rivas)
Chabuca Granda “Me He De Guardar” (landó / Chabuca Granda)
Lucila Campos “Negrito Chinchivi” (festejo / José Villalobos Cavero)
Peru Negro “Ollita Nomá” (main vocals by Caitro Soto and Lucila Campos) (festejo / Julio Morales San Martín, Carlos “Caitro” Soto de la Colinay César Calvo Coronado)
Caitro soto “Toro Mata” (toro mata)
Chabuca Granda y Nicómedes Santa Cruz “Canterurias” (marinera)
Nicómedes Santa Cruz “A la Molina” (panalivio / Francisco Ballesteros – Samuel Márquez)
Peru Negro “El Payandé” (main vocal by Lucila Campos) (danza canción / Vicente Holguín – Luis E. Albertini)
Nicanor Lobatón y el Conjunto Gente Morena “Libertad” (panalivio)
Arturo Zambo Cavero & Oscar Aviles “El Chacombo” (festejo)
Uncredited street musicians in Lima (percusión)
Nicómedes Santa Cruz “Ritmos Negros del Perú” (poema)
Victoria Santa Cruz “Me Gritaron Negra” (poema)

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Soviet Grooves

Russian Imprint Spasibo Records Reissues Two Tracks By Legendary Underground Rock Musician Yuriy Morozov

Spasibo is Russian for 'thank you' and it is thus befitting that we show our gratitude and appreciation to Saint Petersburg label Spasibo Records, who have taken it upon themselves to unearth and reissue a string of [...]

Spasibo is Russian for 'thank you' and it is thus befitting that we show our gratitude and appreciation to Saint Petersburg label Spasibo Records, who have taken it upon themselves to unearth and reissue a string of 45s hailing from the former Soviet Union. 

Earlier this year, the Spasibo team released a limited 7" vinyl by the late "soviet rock composer, multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer (for former record label Melodiya)" Yuriy Morozov (1948-2006), one of the first underground rock musicians to make 'then illegal' home recordings. After digging through all of his 60 albums, two tunes made it onto the release. Side A bears the wicked instrumental track "Inexplicable 4", featuring a crispy drum break, modulated psychedelic synth sounds and eerie distortion to make for an fascinating listening experience, while Side B hosts the equally mesmerising "Rock For Marina", a track dedicated to Morozov's wife Marina Morozova.

Along with the 7" Spasibo Records went on to release a short documentary on the life and work of Yuriy Morozov as well as several of his books. You see, the prolific Morozov was also a poet, writer, yogi, vergetarian, philosopher and electrician. Listen to the (sold-out) release on Bandcamp and watch the mini-documentary below:

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The Bongo Hop

A Vibrant Afro-Caribbean Travel Diary From Colombia By French Trumpetist Etienne Sevet And Friends

Just recently we shared a post with you, covering the infamous Cut Chemist's exploration of record crates found in Cali, Colombia. Today, we return with another musical venture that also has its roots in Cali. [...]

Just recently we shared a post with you, covering the infamous Cut Chemist's exploration of record crates found in Cali, Colombia. Today, we return with another musical venture that also has its roots in Cali. Enter The Bongo Hop, a swingin' afro-caribbean project by Bordeaux-born/Lyon-based trumpetist, journalist, film maker, university teacher, DJ, and digger Etienne Sevet. Sevet spent eight years in Colombia as a Cali resident, where in 2003 he chanced upon the remarkable vocalist Nidia Gongora, now better known as the voice of Ondatropica and Quantic. While working as a South American correspondent for French magazine World Sound and learning to play the trumpet, it was actually his friend, the acclaimed Britisch producer Will "Quantic" Holland, who encouraged Sevet to make his own music. 

Years later, at the tail end of 2016, Etienne Sevet and The Bongo Hop released their debut longplayer "Satingarona Pt. 1", a  9-track "musical travel diary" of sorts as well as Sevet's "personal take on tropical tempos, as he launches a storm of infectious grooves, ranging from high life to vallenato-meets-dub, dance hall, afro beat, kompa...". On "Satingarona Pt. 1" he is joined by friends, including rapper Maikcel, the prolific producer/multi-instrumentalist Patchworks aka Bruno Hovart and of course the aforementioned Nidia Gongora, who can be heard on the album's title track, "a powerful [piece], mixing Benin afro funk vibes with 6/8 rhythm patterns, drawn from the Colombian Pacific coast's traditional music".

The Bongo Hop unites 'the cream of the crop' from Lyon's local scene such as tenor sax player and theatre sound designer Olivier Granger and drummer Remy Kaprielan as well as Colombian musician the likes of cumbia singer Paola Barreto or percussionist Mario Vargas (Bigre!). Find a detailed list of live shows here, stream/download "Satingarona Pt. 1" on Bandcamp and listen to "'Tite Jeanne (ft. Nidia Gongora)" below. Time for a trip down memory lane...

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Lusafro

Furthering Artistic Exchanges Between Lusophone Africa & Germany

Kicking off in Cologne on Monday (July 17, 2017) is part two of this year's LusAfro festival, curated by the likes of Daniel Haaksman, Francis Gay and José da Silva. The festival, promoting the musical and cultural [...]

Kicking off in Cologne on Monday (July 17, 2017) is part two of this year's LusAfro festival, curated by the likes of Daniel Haaksman, Francis Gay and José da Silva. The festival, promoting the musical and cultural exchange between artists from Portuguese-speaking 'lusophone' Africa (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe) and Germany, enters stage two, as part of the Cologne-based Cosmo Radio's (formerly Funkhaus Europa) Odyssee Festival, which will feature a LusAfro stage with joint performances by the LusAfro roster of artists. 

Part one took place on the Cape Verde Islands back in April, within the framework of this year's Atlantic Music Expo (AME), including Cabo Verde artists the likes of Dino D'Santiago, Rapaz 100 Juiz, Nissah Barbosa, Fattú Djakité, Alberto Koenig, Ceuzany, Batchart and Helio Batalha as well as German artists such as Sasha Perera, Africaine 808, Seiji, Kalaf (formerly of Buraka Som Sistema) and, last but not least, Daniel Haaksman himself. Also joining in the fun were artists from Mozambique, Portugal and Angola, namely DJ Marfox, Tony Amado, Buruntuma and Dama do Bling. 

Following initial rehearsal and studio time at Cologne radio WDR's studios the Odyssee open air festival will travel the North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) region to perform in the cities of Hagen (July 19th), Recklinghausen (July 20th), Mülheim (July 21st), Bochum (July 22nd). The Odyssee roadshow lineup will include performances by up-and-coming Cabo Verde vocal talent Fattú Djakité (Guinea Bissau / Cabo Verde), Creole rapper Helio Batalha (Cabo Verde), Berlin-based electronic soundsystem Africaine 808, Cape Verde rap duo Rapaz 100 Juiz, raucous tropical two-piece Gato Preto (Mozambique / Germany), the multi-talented Dama do Bling (Mozambique), Man Recordings' Daniel Haaksman, the great Cesaria Evora's heiress, singer Lucibela (Cabo Verde / Portugal), emerging DJ/producer Buruntuma (Guinea Bissau / Portugal) and gorgeous vocalist Ceuzany (Cabo Verde).

Check out the LusAfro SoundCloud page to sample a few of the artists involved or check out Fattú Djakité's "Bendedera di Sol" below. 

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Funaná

Daniel Haaksman Drops Release #100 On Man Recordings & Presents Two 'Cabo Verde'-Inspired Summer Anthems
 

Friday is release day, as we all know. Release from all the work week's woes and of course the release of new music all across the globe. That being said, one of our favourite musical globetrotters, the one and only [...]

Friday is release day, as we all know. Release from all the work week's woes and of course the release of new music all across the globe. That being said, one of our favourite musical globetrotters, the one and only Daniel Haaksman, drops his spanking new Funáná EP today, which also happens to be the festive 100th release of his Man Recordings imprint. In honour of his record label's anniversary and after several musical episodes in Brasil, Angola, Mozambique and pretty much everywhere in between, Daniel Haaksman decided it was time, to embark on a new musical journey: 

"The "Fun Fun Fun / Aná Aná Aná" single presents his take on the hi-speed dance sound of Cabo Verde called Funaná. Cabo Verde is the beautiful island archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, which is located at the very geographical center of South America, the Caribbean, North America, Africa and Europe. In short, it's in the middle of the sphere called the Black Atlantic, a zone of vast musical and cultural exchange [...]." 

After spending a few weeks in Cabo Verde earlier this year "to initiate the upcoming international Lusafro music festival [to take place this July 17th-22nd in Cologne], which brings musicians from Portuguese speaking countries together with artists from Germany", the good time spent triggered his latest release, which is already gaining momentum on the international club and festival circuit. "Single 'Fun Fun Fun' mixes beats and accordion sounds of Funaná with trap and Euro bass music components" and is quite possibly "one of the biggest tropical bass summer tunes of 2017. 'Aná Aná Aná' [on the other hand] is inspired by Cabo Verde´s Kotxi Pó genre, the hardcore, electronic and instrumental version of Funaná, sometimes up to 30 min long, which currently dominates Cabo Verde´s airwaves and dancefloors."

Minds blown over here. We are sure you will love this and would like to tip our hat to Daniel Haaksman and the Man Recordings family. Time to celebrate!

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