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We had a lot of fun putting together our remix of Cheick Hamala Diabate and the EP is finally out! Featuring remixes from Daytoner, Whiskey Barons, E’s E (NYC TRUST), Jon Kennedy, and your friends, The Sol Power All-Stars, it’s a rock solid set. Grab it HERE digitally, and check next week at vinyl retailers for the wax. NOTE: the release version is different than the version featured on Afropop Worldwide a few months ago
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See you on the dance floor! Also, look out for the Sol Power All-Stars’ remix of Cheick Hamala Diabate on Afropop Worldwide next week!
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Cheick Hamala and his band rockin shit at Rock and Roll Hotel last week.
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Maybe so. How bout a campaign to get Sol Power on the lineup in 2013?
Shout to okayafrica.com
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Travel to some place far away. Record authentic roots music of that locale. Massage it into a modern musical project using studio expertise and session musicians. Not a new concept, but it’s solidly executed on Roots of Life by Los Chicharrons.
This DJ/producer duo used Mali as base of this project, and then threw a bunch of different styles - afrobeat, b-boy style funk, broken beat, latin - at what they recorded in Bamako.
Sol Power approved dopeness.
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Aside from having one of the better urls on the web, the Brooklyn-based blog Awesome Tapes from Africa is an excellent resource for modern and vintage music from all over the African continent. The blog curator, Brian Shimkovitz, deserves a big hand for devoting significant effort to converting his eclectic cassette tape collection to mp3 for the web massive. The music he posts can range from ethereal afro-pop to 90s hip house-inspired cuts and touches many styles between and outside these bounds. Check it out the next time you have an hour or two to kill; you’re sure to hear some music that you’ve never heard before and likely won’t hear anywhere else.
Here’s one I’ve been listening to this morning…