Mixed by Adam Gibbons & Max Pela
We have woven for you, a collection of some of the hottest Afro dancefloor shakers we would typically play at our events. In this mix, we start out with an etheral organ laden track by our friend Boddhi Satva who played our event in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico last October. It is an atmospheric track with hints of the poly-rhythmic sounds of the African Congo's Ituri Forest Pygmies which is not far from the Central Africa Republic, birthplace of Boddhi Satva. It sets the stage and bulds a foundation for what is to follow... a marriage of the organic... ancient... ancestral, and the present, electronic and infused with the spices of age and global influence. The story continues to travel through the continent, landing in South Africa for the next few tracks. The House music scene is HUGE in South Africa. When Adam Gibbons was there last summer, you would hear house music everywhere you went... blasting from cars, shops, carwashes, homes... it was un-escapable. House music to South Africa is what Hip-Hop and R&B is to the US. We feature a track here that showcases the vocal of the recently departed Busi Mhlongo. He voice is a beautiful and well loved sound to the South African music lover... singing in Zulu, not unlike a modern day Billie Holiday. We love playing Busi's Music! We build the energy of the mix adding more percussion initially a latin rhythm (born from the diaspora, or slave trade... founded in West African spiritual music of the Orishas) Produced by an ordained priest in the West African religion of Ifá, Osunlade. Who is also one of the hottest and highly sought after producers/remixers in our Genre today. As the mix continues, we build the energy and the story becomes more complex as we explore a sound that is changing from the traditional African to one infused with the music it has picked up from the Caribbean like the remix of the classic Celia Cruz song 'Eleggua', a celebration of the Orisha Eleggua. In the West African religious concept, Eleggua is the keeper of the gateway between the divine and material worlds and allows us to connect with our ancestors. This track was remixed by Jose Marquez who will join us at the next Uhuru Afrika on June 11th. He kept the original fairly intact, honoring it while infusing it his signature modern dancefloor punch. After a furious gathering of energy, we break it down and dive deep into a remix of the Stimela track 'Turn on the Sun' by South African Producer/DJ Black Coffee who we had join us at Uhuru Afrika last year for our annual white party. The night he played with us, in absentia... he won 2 South African Music Awards. Their equivilant to a grammy. We continue with a few tracks another South African producer (duo) Black Motion and then another track by Boddhi Satva before we get into a nice groove with the track "Ijo" by Nigerian soul singer Siji who performed the track, along with some of his others live at Uhuru Afrika this past April. We continue this groove right into a Uhuru Afrika clasic tune 'Her Song' by the NYC based group 3 Generations Walking. We end this journey with the song 'Sorry Sorry' by Nigerian artist Femi Kuti, son of the late Fela Kuti. Creator of Afrobeat music. This poinient track (as the earlier track "Kuar" by Emmanuel Jal, reminds us that as we celebrate and dance and have fun listening/grooving/patrying to the music born from this rich continent, there is much pain and suffering there due to corruption, conflict, war, greed and western influence. It would be remiss of us to not concoiusly acknolege and honor the whole of the equation that makes up the music. It is not just music for music sake... but a social, cultural and spiritual representation of a people manifested through rhythm. We hope that you have enjoyed this Journey with us and that you join us in person at one of our events in the Boston area and beyond.
About Uhuru Afrika:
Uhuru Afrika is a conscious dance party movement honoring the music born from the African continent and the diaspora. Their format covers hundreds of years and thousands of miles, from traditional ancestral pan-african poly-rhythms to modern electronically produced dance music. Navigated by DJs Adam Gibbons and Max Pela and Malian master percussionist Sidy Maiga, the journey these Urban Griots pilot crosses waters, climbs peaks and plunges into valleys of Afro inspired dancefloor sound. Anchored in Boston, Uhuru Afrika has opened for the likes of Femi Kuti and Tony Allen, participated in Harvard University Symposiam on African Dance in the Diaspora, collobrated with Brown University African studies department, has brought about Dancefloor explosions not only locally but in some of the hottest clubs and festivals around the globe, and continues to be a trend-setter and educator as well as a celebrator of the richness and beauty found in the rhythmic sound born from the African continent.
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