La Chula (DJ Stylus Sol Power Edit)
Here’s something to welcome everyone back from the holiday. Came across this on a digging mission and found some goodness on it to kick off the Sol Power remix series. Learned a lot more about older Dominican merengue in the process. This is why we still buy records. Check out Angelito Villalona covering the original in place of his brother, the legendary “El Mayimbe”.
Listen to our ESL debut from Nov. 6
Here’s about 90 minutes of audio from our ESL debut! This one is from earlier in the night (we’ll post the peak-time set in December). You can stream it on Mixcloud, or, for the travelers, download it via zSHARE below and throw it on ye ole digital player…Have a great, safe holiday and enjoy the Sol Power sounds. Look out for monthly mixes (live or otherwise) from here on...
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Classic Ghana Sound
Stylus’ Modern Ghana Sound post had me thinking about some classic Ghana sounds. There has been an over saturation of West African reissues in the past 5 years, but I think the Ghana Soundz series on Soundway pretty much nailed it perfectly (what’s up with a volume 3??). Both releases are end-to-end burners, but I especially like how they enlisted a couple of big dogs (Quantic &...
Modern Ghana sound
Blitz the Ambassador and M.anifest are two of my favorite new voices in hip-hop right now and they both hail from Ghana. I got a taste of more of today’s Ghana scene where highlife, hip-hop and afrobeat all cross-pollinate thanks to UK producer Richy Pitch’s most recent album on BBE. Now that M3NSA’s on my radar, I’ll definitely be checking for more. Him and Richy get...
Kalyan - Disco Reggae
According to the liner notes, in 1977 Kalyan had been Trinidad’s #1 band for almost a decade. I don’t know how popular they really were then, but there weren’t all that many groups from Trinidad getting signed to MCA so they musta had a pretty nice following. At any rate, this song is fire; definitely one of the better island disco tunes in my opinion.
THERE IS NO MOVEMENT WITHOUT RHYTHM
Here is a nifty little short about rhythm in an African village that my man Idan K posted on Facebook (looks like Mali, perhaps?). Not sure about the parts where the filmmaker makes his “own rhythm” by editing different movements together, but I do really like the footage showing the hand-made process of the different percussion pieces. Speaking of Idan K, movement, and rhythm,...
Thank you, DC & ESL!
Holy guacamole what a night! Big up to Eighteenth Street Lounge, Farid for putting us on, the ESL bartenders and staff, and most of all the freaks partying with us. Dancefloor was packed and rockin ALL NIGHT. Thank you! Here’s why you should keep checking this space with some frequency: We recorded the entire night and will be posting portions right here at solpowerdc.com incrementally...
Sol Power All-Star Hermon Farahi is a multi-talented dude. Percussionist extraordinaire, scholar, photographer, sound engineer, and film maker. And I’m probably leaving some out. Check out the short promo video he did for Sol Power earlier this year.
A couple Sol Power Salsa bombs
I was going through my Salsa crates for Saturday’s Sol Power debut at Eighteenth Street Lounge and stumbled across these Salsa gems. I love to drop Salsa late-night and watch the dancefloor partner up and show off their moves. Or, for some, their lack of moves. But that’s OK too. No need to be a Salsero to rock with us. Modern Classic: Classic-classic: