African music site Afropop.org has started a monthly mixtape of their favorite tunes and this is the debut. “Afropop Worldwide March Mix” includes a track from the new Les Nubians album, “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Reves (J Period Remix) f. John Banzai.” Chill out with this mix, including music by Femi Kuti from his forthcoming album plus some great new Strut records.
At 74 years old, Ebo Taylor is stronger than ever. Hailing from Ghana, Ebo has been at the forefront of the highlife genre (characterized by jazz horns and guitars) and has committed his life to Afrobeat music. This past October, Ebo released his first international studio album, Love and Death. The title track, “Love and Death” displays his “achingly honest” voice and is chock full of sage-like wisdom.
Ebo Taylor- Love and Death [MP3]
Strut Records has released Walter Gibbons – Jungle Music (Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986), the first multi-label compilation of edits by Walter Gibbons, one of the most important and unheralded DJ / remixers in New York dance music history. He was a pioneer of reel to reel edits and the art of the remix, and a tangible link between early hip hop and disco through his quickfire turntable skills developed during the mid-‘70s. For more on Walter Gibbons, his life and his work, plus a free MP3 download, check out Strut Records. Above, enjoy the 70-minute-mix from Disco Sonitus (Blackbeard’s Toni Rossano & DJ D) made up of many of the tracks on the album.
More Walter Gibbons treats after the jump, including the Disco Sonitus mix tracklist, a video of Danny Krivit & Tony Smith sharing memories of Walter Gibbons and a free track from the album.
Mulatu Astatke is a musical titan, in the same league as the likes of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, yet he was first recognized to most people when The Paris-based world music record label, Buda Musique devoted the entire 4th installment of their respected series, Ethiopiques, to his compositions in 1998.
Astatke was born in 1943 in a town called Jimma in Ethiopia. His family sent him abroad to Wales to study chemical engineering, and instead, he came home with a degree in Music and a whole new sound brewing in his head. After Wales, he proceeded to the prestigious Berklee College of Music becoming the first African student to attend, studying the Vibraphone and percussion.
Read more, grab a few downloads, samples and more Ethiopian-influenced hip-hop after the jump.