Upcoming Gigs:Stylus.Meistro.Deep Sang with Hermon Farahi on percussion
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This is a jam session by some top DC area musicians to help raise fund for AMAHREC-SAHEL. The goal of this new organization created by the guitarist Vieux Farka Toure is to help rebuild the northern part of Mali devastated by war.
Vieux Farka Toure also known as the Jimi Hendrix of the Sahara will be present at this event!
Cheick Hamala Diabate
Michael Shereikis (Chopteeth)
Massama Dogo (Elikeh)
Will Rast (Funk Ark)
Elin Kathleen Melgarejo (Alma Tropicalia)
The Sol Power All-Stars
And many more.
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…