MAGA BO drops COOL NEW VIDEO!

May 21, 2009

From the guy who got me into all this in the first place.. MAGA BO!

“After many visits to South Africa, connecting with the African Dope Records crew – Fletcher, Teba, Sibot, and Max Normal in particular, DJing all over SA from Cape Town to Joburg, producing and recording music, here is the third video clip to accompany my record, “Archipelagoes,” released recently on Soot Records.  “Nqayi feat. Teba.”  was also chosen to represent the sound of Cape Town on the latest African Dope Records compilation, “Cape of Good Dope 2.”

The video was shot over 2 days in Guguletu, one of Cape Town’s most notorious townships and Teba’s home turf – with all borrowed equipment – borrowed camera, boom box, the car on loan, people leting us into their houses to film.  Back in the day, Teba was a member of the super successful kwaito group Skeem, which put out several albums before he left to do more socially conscious work.  He now leads workshops in lyric writing and gumboot dancing (!), is part of the African Dope Sound System, has his own live band and has collaborated with the likes of Stereotyp, Godessa and SiBot.

A slow hybrid funk/macumba/ragga beat sung in Xhosa and English, the lyrics talk about the difficulties faced by youth in townships today and how society tries to force them to drink and take drugs.  Nqayi means baldhead and refers to fake rastas posturing themselves, but then bending over to the pressures of society and shaving their locks.  An interesting element of the lyrics to this track are in the chorus where he uses the Xhosa ‘q’ sound, a click made with the tongue and the roof of the mouth, as a percussive element.  Check the end of the video for a quick lesson…..”

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SHOOK ONES.. SHAKEN UP!

May 18, 2009

ShookonescoverI got love for MOBB DEEP man, eventhough not all their albums are equally dope, these guys dropped some great shit and will hopefully continue to do so… This is the DJ SLINK remix of their classic SHOOK ONES prt 2. Turning it into a synthpop banger actually works very well. Check it:

DJ SLINK – SHOOK ONES


TROPICAL GHETTO BOOTY HOUSE.

May 9, 2009

Paradiso_Girls_2Whatever that may be? 🙂 Skanky chicks, autotune, lil wayne samples, pop chorus, chants about drinks and putting them up, booming beats…

PATRON (STEEL RMX) – PARADISO GIRLS

thanks WHITE FOLKS!


LOTS of SHAKING BOOTIES!

April 27, 2009

check this vid by DON BLANQUITO – BANGING BAILE FUNK with an amazing BOOTY video!


CLASSICOS DO FUNK!

April 24, 2009

baileHere’s another BAILE FUNK classic for you by MC MARCINHO. This is a nice banger with great vocals, a bit melancholic, but another classic piece of BRASIL with great beats! He later dropped another classic: GLAMUROSA!

MC MARCINHO – QUERO VOCE


SCREWED IN HOUSTON!

April 23, 2009

See last post 🙂




HOME OF THE BAILE…

April 22, 2009

This just blew my mind. MAGA BO talking on his blog about the daily shootouts in his area in Rio, home of the BAILE FUNK, but also home to street violence, gang wars and drugwars. Damn… Sometimes it’s hard to grasp that the music that is being created there actually is an account of life in this area.

Here’s a nice bit of live BAILE FUNK for ya, recorded on the streets:

DAVID BOLADO – ZONAS