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Gil Atómico
August 06, 2016 08:37 PM PDT
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Gilberto Gil Showcase 1967-2002

The Dub Room presents singer/guitarist Gilberto Gil thru the Tropicalia movement in Brazil during the late 60's till his last recording before becoming Brazil's Minister of Culture in 2003. A complete circle since the military dictatorship had Gil along with Caetano Veloso arrested and put in solitary confinement for their songs in the early 70's. The both spent some time in London in exile before returning to Brazil and making music. His early music was a mix of bossa nova, samba, Bahian folk music and rock. We spin some collaborations with other leading Tropicalia singers as well an afoxé with Filhos De Gandhi, an Afro-Brazilian group . He mixed African styles after he had spent some time with Fela in Nigeria in 1976. In 1980, Gil was touring and recording with Jimmy Cliff resulting the style of samba reggae which he help to make popular in Brazil. He had Bob Marley's band The Wailers on his Raca Humana album of 1984. This mix's newest track is from his tribute album of Bob Marley's songs recorded in Jamaica with Sly & Robbie and Rita Marley. He eventually got into social and political causes of his hometown of Salvador before becoming Brazil's Minister of Culture. But he continued with keeping music and performing even after he stepped down from health reasons. In 2015, he teamed with his contemporary and longtime friend Caetano Veloso for their world tour called "Two Friends, A Century Of Music." Together they fused various styles of music to become pioneers in world music. We salute one of our favorites as the games play on in Rio. Enjoy!

Pe Da Roseira
Volks Volkswagan Blue
Bat Macumba
Procissão
Maracatú Atómico
Chiclete Com Banana
Nega (Photograpia Blues)
A Bruxa Da Mentira - E Joao Donato
Ela Essa E Pra Tocar No Rádio - E Jorge Ben
Samba Do Avião
Oju Obá - E Filhos De Gandhi
Quilombo, O El Dorado Negro
Andar Com Fé
Índigo Blue
De Ouro E Marfim
Haiti - E Caetano Veloso
Dandara, A Flor Do Gravatá
Quero Ser Teu Funk
Vendedor De Caranguejo
Ciranda
A Novidade
Lick Samba
Maracatú Atómico
Dança Da Água E Da Paz

Ninja Cuts Vol. 1
July 24, 2016 10:47 AM PDT
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Ninja Tune Label 1992-2000

DJ Inkesti spins from the lost & found crates from the end of the last century. From the English label Ninja Tune that was started by DJ's Jonathan More & Matt Black of Coldcut. These tunes are stealth, watch your step!

1 The Herbaliser - Intro
2 Steinski & Mass Media - It's Up To You (The War Mix)
3 DJ Food - Ninja Walk
4 Ryuichi Sakamoto - Anger
5 Coldcut - Space Journey
6 Mr. Scruff - Spandex Man
7 DJ Vadim - Shikko - The Affirmers Of The New Art
8 Dynamic Syncopation feat. Mass Influence - 2 Tha Left
9 The Herbaliser - Who's The Realist?
10 Up, Bustle & Out - Bicycles, Flutes & You
11 Luke Vibert - I Hear The Drummer
12 DJ Food - An Aging Young Rebel
13 Amon Tobin - Stoney Street
14 The Cinematic Orchestra - Channel 1 Suite
15 Flanger - Quicksilver Loom
16 Kid Koala - Drunk Trumpet

Beware Of The Blunted DJ

Afric' Ambiance
July 04, 2016 09:45 AM PDT
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Soukous Music 1981-91

In the 80's a new style of music emerged from Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) that came from Congolese rumba that was heavily influenced by Afro-Cuban styles since the 40's. By the late 70's the fusing of Congolese folk music, American funk & soul with Afro-Cuban & Caribbean rhythms transformed the music as its popularity swept thru Africa. Soukous which means to shake became the genre of this music that tore it up on dance floors worldwide. Paris in the 80's with turmoil back home became the center for many musicians and some great albums came out of that scene. This mix is some of these artists from the golden era of 1981-91. Enjoy!

1 Kanda Bongo Man - Zing-Zong
2 Pepe Kalle & Nyboma - Nina
3 Bokelo - Isabelle
4 Théo Blaise Kounkou - Zenaba
5 M'Bilia Bel - Boya Ye
6 Lokassa Ya Nbongo - Marie José
7 Syran M'Benza - Icha
8 Bopol Mansiamina - Afric' Ambiance
9 Diblo Et Le Groupe Loketo - Kelele
10 Ringo Star - My Love
11 Joyce Delly - Pas Moi
12 Franco - Attention Na Sida

Nyah-Rock
May 11, 2016 12:42 PM PDT
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Cymande Showcase 1972-1974

Original Smoker's Delight Series continues again with a group haling from England during the 70's. Cymande was made of musicians that hailed from Jamaica, Guyana and Saint Vincent who all arrived in London circa 1960. Bassist Steve Scipio and vocalist/guitarist Patrick Patterson started the band in 1971 and eventually one by one the nine piece band was in place. In our last post we mentioned the Afro-Rock movement that was happening in London with groups such as Osibisa & The Lafayette Afro Rock Band that were creating a new niche by mixing rock, r&b with African based rhythms but Cymande were calling their fusion Nyah-Rock. With elements of Rasta Nyahbingi drumming, funk, soul, rock, African, and other West Indian folk music they had a strong following when spotted by producer John Schroeder. As he went to hear another band whose gig was cancelled, he ended up hearing them and was impressed by their performance. They signed to Janus Records and relased their first single "The Message" which landed them 20 on the US Billboard R&B chart. By 1972 their debut album was released which did very well to tour the US opening for Al Green and sharing a few gigs with Mandrill. They got to play The Apollo and even got on Soul Train. All this success led to their "Second Time Around" album and more tours this time out on their own as the headliner. They recorded their final album in Chicago in the Chess studios who own Janus Records. But the toll of being on the road and away from home finally had been too much and by 1975 it was over. That third album "Promised Heights" was never released in the States.
But music was by no means over for these musicians as they started other projects. Patrick Patterson formed a soul based group View From The Hill with some other members that did well. Steve Scipio joined the South African band Jabula as did saxophonist and flutist Mike Rose. Drummer Sam Kelly became a in demand session player as well on tours for various artists like Chaka Khan, Ben E. King, Dr. John, Billy Ocean, & rocksteady legend Desmond Dekker. Keyboardist Adrian Reid got involved as musical director for West End shows and musicals and recorded with a number of jazz artists like Courtney Pine & Branford Marsalis. But the rediscovery of Cymande was possible thru a number of their songs being heavy staples in the rare grooves parties during the Acid Jazz heyday in London in the late 80's to early 90's. They were getting sampled by a number of hip hop groups like De La Soul that got crate diggers on the hunt for their records. They did a reunion for a festival in Brixton in 2006 that led them to think about coming back and by 2012 it was starting to happen. With the core original members and the same producer of their three albums they went back into the studio. By 2015 "A Simple Act Of Faith" was released and fans old & new came out as touring began. They took off where they left in 1975 with their positive message and fusion of Nyah-Rock without missing a beat. Enjoy!

Pon De Jungle
Rickshaw
Trevorgus
Brothers On The Side
The Message
Genevieve
Dove
For Baby Ooh
Promised Heights
Bird
Bra
Fug
Breezeman
Anthracite
Equatorial Forest
Getting It Back
Crawshay

Osibisa
April 18, 2016 09:46 PM PDT
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Osibisa Showcase 1972-1977

The Dub Room presents Original Smoker's Delight Series with some sides of the group Osibisa that sprang out of England during the Afro-Rock explosion happening there during the late 60's & early 70's. The group was formed in 1969 in London under the leadership of saxophonist Teddy Osei. In the 1950's Teddy had been part of highlife bands in Ghana and in 1962 got a scholarship to study music from the Ghanaian government in London. By 1964 he formed a band that was combining highlife with rock & soul. He was able to persuade his brother Mac Tontoh and drummer Sol Amarfio to come to London. Together with another African musician from Nigeria and with three West Indian musicians the band was formed by 1969. Their music was a fusion of their African & Caribbean cultures mixed with funk, latin, and jazz. They were one of the first African-inspired groups that was happening at the time. Fela was starting his thing in London during the 60's, Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers were on the scene along with the band Assagai. Percussionist Anthony "Reebop" Kwaku Bah was in the band Traffic, so the scene was ripe from the beginning as Afro-Rock was creating it's own buzz. Another group to emerge at that time and we will present a future mix was Cymande.
But Osibisa were to become big and tour worldwide and outlast all of them. In 1980 along with Bob Marley & The Wailers they performed for the Zimbabwean independence celebration. They released albums thru out the decades and by 1996 Teddy Osei reformed the band as they had returned to Ghana to set up a recording studio and theatre to help young musicians. There latest album was released in 2009 and were performing at festivals into 2010 before they cut back their touring schedule after Osei had a stroke. They were introduced to me by many expats from Nigeria who grew up in this period and reiterated to me how big they were. Their song "Welcome Home" was the theme song of the African music program on WPFW in DC on Saturday night as I use to tune in to before heading out for the night. They were awarded in Ghana as ambassadors of their music and are icons still today. We present some sides of this influential group from some of their albums when they were hitting their stride. Enjoy!

We Belong
We Want To Know
Home Affairs
Do It
Take Your Trouble Go
Che Che Kule
Uhuru
African Jive
Fire
Wango Wango
Bassa Bassa
Seaside Meditation
Kelele
Ye Tie Wo
Kotoku
Kolomashie

They Don't Make Them Like They Use To
April 06, 2016 05:06 PM PDT
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Another jazz mix from Chacata Dos for the sophisticated music lover who has got taste for the real thing. We go way back to the 40's & the 50's to spin some big band, vocal jazz and some early be-bop. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing originates with these cats. Sure 'nuff.

1 Count Basie w/ Tony Bennett - Strike Up The Band
2 Gene Krupa - Gene's Blues
3 Roy Eldridge - St. Louis Blues
4 Dinah Washington - Bye Bye Blues
5 Ella Fitzgerald - Just You Just Me
6 Dizzy Gillespie - Two Bass Hit
7 Slim Gaillard - Riff City
8 Duke Ellington - Sepia Panorama
9 Lionel Hampton - Flying Home
10 Buddy Rich - Desperate Desmond
11 Count Basie w/ Billy Eckstine - Little Mama
12 Cat Anderson & The Ellington All Stars - Like, Dig!
13 Sarah Vaughan - What A Difference A Day Makes
14 Duke Ellington w/ Al Hibbler - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
15 Count Basie Band - The Mad Boogie
16 Charlie Parker - Now's The Time
17 Nat King Cole - The Party's Over

Joga Bonito
March 06, 2016 11:52 AM PST
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Chico & The DJ bring on some Brazilian treats on the funky side from the 70’s. Play the game beautifully & with love. Enjoy!

1 Cravo & Canela - Estatos De Gafiera
2 Marcos Valle - Não Tem Nada Não
3 João Bosco - Cobra Criada
4 Marcelo - Algo No Ar
5 Téca & Ricardo - Pra Que Tanta Explicao
6 Dom Salvador - Moeda, Reza E Cor
7 Mane João - Wanderlea
8 Alaide Costa - Catavento
9 Rida Hora - O Saci-Pererȇ
10 Chico Batera - Yndaya-E
11 Di Melo - A Vida Em Seus Metodos Diz Calma
12 João Donato - Cala Boca Menino
13 Emilio Santigo - Bananeira
14 Djavan - Aquele Um
15 Antônio Adolfo - Assanhada
16 Banda Black Rio - Baião
17 César Mariano & Cia - Metropole
18 Edson Frederico & A Transa - Bobeira
19 Tamba Trio - Se E Questão De Adeus Até Logo
20 Antônio Carlos & Jocafi - Tereza Guerreira

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