Afrobeat Movement

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Archive for June, 2009

Mean Mixtapes!! – Analog Africa Selection vol. 1

Analog Africa Selection – mean afrobeat mixtapes!

Analog Africa Selection – mean afrobeat mixtapes!

German record company Analog Africa reprints really really rare music from western africa, a lot of it afro-beat. Almost all of the stuff they mention is new to me, but that’s what make me so excited about it!

To get you started: AAS has put up two mp3 mixtapes for download: Analog Africa Sessions. My first impression is that volume one i slightly faster, and more dance-friendly, which is what I’m all about. The very first song is like a sped up version of “upside down” – taking a look at the guitar riff and the accompanying horns. Ok that one might need som imagination :). 12:20 into volume one, there’s a really cool analog sound going on. It has a lightweight groove and very analog feel. I like it fast, not heavy!

Analog Africa Selection vol. 1
Analog Africa Selection vol. 2

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Afro top5 midsummer

A.. new week. still working, half of sweden is on vacation…

What could be a better solution than providing some new afro-funk-stuff! Here’s what I listened to most last week on the spotify service!

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1. Massak – Anywhere trouble

2. The Souljazz Orchestra – Mista President

3. Fatai Rolling Dollars – Beleke

4. Peter King – African Dialects

5. Kokolo – While I Got the Microphone

I especially want to push the last one. It’s got a beautiful simplicity, and it’s still pointing towards the future of afrobeat!

Here’s the spotify list!

Konono N°1, Pildammsparken

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I think over a thousand people gathered here in Malmö yesterday to see the congolese band Konono N°1. While it’s not afrobeat, I think it’s still worth covering. Kononos music is somewhat vague rhythmically compared to the Afrobeat and rare grooves that I’m used to. Hence, the show didn’t really took off ’til the audience started clapping for entire songs.

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Though not a musical favorite of mine, I’m glad that that many people listened to Konono yesterday. Here’s some photo’s, hopefully I can add som video from a friend of mine later!

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Read a review of their gothenburg show here, or rather, check their myspace out here!

All of dem win

A four hour bus ride was enough this time,
but he still dont know what was his crime.
90 was arrested read the front that night,
the politicians saying: ‘the police did fine’

but the streets still belong to the people.
The people are supposed to be free..
Watch and being watched is the future,
so much closer than i thought it would be!

From “belong to the people”, demo song by Afrobeat Movement. Listen to it here »

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The so called activists, the so called media and the so called police threw a little party in Västra Hamnen in Malmö yesterday. Jesper’s lyrics above deal with the situation during the Davis Cup game between Sweden and Israel earlier this year. Then, 90 was arrested, most of them walking peacefully on their way back home. This time, ten people was arrested and when considering how little that happened during the “DC-riots”, nothing i mean nothing could have happened now.

Activists, Media and Police are all winners

Why do these things keep happening? The simple answer is that the activists, the media and the police are all winners from “riots”. The activists gain respect in their inner circle, and it’s an easy chance to get a reputation of actually ‘doing something’ without having to make a long-term commitment to a question. The media get cool action-photos, interesting headlines and a chance to  argue that the protesters are plain trouble-makers. The police get more money and resources, and can claim that political crimes are on the rise.

The losers of this is, of course, everyone else. But I still have to give the protesters a point. Today in sweden, the right to buy your flat and the right to own stuff seem to gain importance at the cost of the common good. However, these people do not bring the solution. The solution is, as always, a genuine interest in making the place where you live a better one. More on that later!
Sydsvenskan. Sydsvenskan on DC-riots. DN SvD