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this is the sound of africa

Watching a grown man cry is a little awkward, especially if it LANDON DONOVON.

America’s golden boy finally lived up to the hype and as soon as he did, he disappointed us again with his drivel, about “Doing things the right way…and it’s good to be rewarded.” You scored one goal dude. Score a few more and then we can talk, but for now just stop crying.

Nonetheless, in celebration of everything WORLD CUP and TEAM AMERICA, we give you MATHIEU SCHREYER and RESERVE LA’S mix of African beats and music. From the way back sounds of The Kusum Beat to the modern digs of Sofrito and The Souljazz Orchestra this is African music as it’s supposed to be:  rhythmic, driving, sweaty and funky.  So put your VUVUZELA down and turn the music up!

LISTEN!!! – TOWN CRYER #1: SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP Part 1

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first name dante, last name beze

Two good things, together for the first time.  Courtesy MAX TANNONE.

And just in time for the summer.

LISTEN!!! – MOS DUB

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be heard.

A staple of the LA music scene, KUTMAH was arrested last week and is awaiting deportation.  His house was stormed by an ARMED TASKFORCE (wtf, man is a DJ.  is he gonna assault them with his records?) and he was taken downtown and interrogated.  About what, we are not sure.  Again, man is a DJ.  He is currently being held in a New Mexico facility.

While there are many current issues that could use our attention and energy (a certain oil spill, fascism in Arizona and a war that has been ongoing for 10 years come to mind), this injustice against a man’s personal freedom is a sign of the increasingly manipulative police state that is being forced upon us.  Kutmah has been living in the states since his mother moved him here when he was 12.  C’mon now!??!

More info here.

LISTEN!!!:  KUTMAH live at SKETCHBOOK

ps. guy is a bad ass DJ

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QUANTIC x MULATU

In the build up to the release of their TIMELESS SERIES BOXSET, the good people over at Mochilla has blessed us with a Mulatu Astatke centric mix that is so dusty it’ll make you rue the day that got rid of your dustbuster.

Or, as Mochilla advises: “Don’t be alarmed by the crackle, that’s what 30 plus year old records sound like.”  Hell yeah.

Performed and recorded by our favorite Columbian transplant QUANTIC at the Luckman Theater on February 1st, 2009, this mix is probably the closest many of us will get to traveling to Ethiopia.  Although I hear Addis Ababa is beautiful this time of year.

LISTEN!!! – QUANTIC x MULATU at the LUCKMAN THEATRE

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here, not there

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Pilfered this mixtape by EL GUINCHO off of the very high quality and reputable GORILLA VS. BEAR blog.  You probably already know this but G vs. B has all the latest remixes and videos by your favorite indie hipster band and all that good stuff.

They are currrently at SXSW blogging about all kinds of COOL MUSIC. And we’re not.  I really need to talk to someone about that.  Someone with a lot of money.

El Guincho‘s mix is decidedly WORLD MUSIC flavored, with a lot of cool latin jams, reggae and some afro-funk thrown in for good measure.  The perfect SPRING mix to take your clothes off to, grab that person to whom you are mildly attracted and have a roll around in the grass.

LISTEN!!! – GORILLA CONTRA BEAR

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timeless

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This weekend. DJ NUTS, MADBLIB, ARTHUR VEROCAI in Los Angeles as part of MOCHILLA’S TIMELESS SERIES.

If you don’t know act like you do and pick up a ticket. They’re only $35.  I know you probably can’t afford it.  Hell, I can’t afford it, but you will probably never see anything like this again in your lifetime. Holler back.

LISTEN!!! – DJ NUTS; DISCO CULTURA VOL. 1

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one turntable and a microphone

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For those of you yet uninitiated into the world of BASS AND ECHO that is ABA SHANTI I, let it be known that the leading purveyor of London Dubplates only rocks ONE TURNTABLE when he plays a set, thus achieving ultimate power though his amp and speakers to shake your inner intestines with his ALMIGHTY DUB VIBRATIONS.  Seen?!!

LISTEN!!! – ABA SHANTI LIVE AT THE SOUTHEND ROOTS HALL CIRCA ’91

*editors note:  High end is a little hot on this recording as Selassie I is only concerned with the power of bass.  Rasta.

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