AFROBEAT x HIP HOP Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway presents Fela Soul. Here is an excerpt from the Gummy Soul web site describing the project:
What do you get when you put together afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and rap pioneers De La Soul? You get Fela Soul; musical tapestry created by Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway. More than just a clever title, Fela Soul is an 8-track, 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Using dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul, Amerigo seamlessly intertwines the two into something completely new and original.
Be sure to Download the free album here. “Breakadawn” has been on heavy rotation here at casa forota.
DYSTOPIAN AFRO-FUTURE: The 2 song (plus remixes) Put Some Red On It EP finds the prolific Spoek Mathambo in a dark afro-futuristic mood musically and lyrically. On the title song he comments on the messed up mix of money, wealth, corruption, conflict that is the darker side of modern African life. The download is worth it to me for the lyrics to the original mix of “Put Some Red On It”. I love this inspired lyric: “Learned the split tongue trick from the mission school”.
See Also: Speaking of dystopian, here is a great article on South Africa’s house music scene. Quote from Mathambo points to the source of the dark, ominous textures to be found in Township Tech. Snip:
As for the sound – South African house isn’t afraid to get dark. Much of the music has a minor-key, slightly ominous sound that differs from the House found in Europe, for example. “South African House has so much energy,” says Spoek Mathambo, who is a big fan of South African House music and often spins it when he performs as a DJ, “But I think the society is so dark and dense and weird, so that it’s not this happy-clappy energy. That’s not how we get down. It’s more aggression and angst. We have some of the highest murder rates and rape rates in the world. There’s a lot of tension in society.”
Spoek Mathambo from “Township Tech: House Music’s Dense, Dark and Weird African Cousin” By Marlon Bishop and Wills Glasspiegel.