MAGIC MIX

latin . african . world

WEEK STARTING 5 Feb

Genre pick of the week Cover of Soul Sok Séga: Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 - 1979 by Various Artists.
Following successful excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the ‘Sofrito’ series, ‘Haiti Direct’ and ‘Calypsoul 70’ albums, Strut Records turns its focus to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius for a new compilation, ‘Soul Sok Séga’.

Séga first developed as an insular music and dance form after slaves arrived on Mauritius (then île de France) from East Africa and Madagascar during the 17th to 19th centuries, using Créole language and rhythms played on the large ravanne circular drum, the triangle and the maravanne, a box filled with dried seeds. Séga was essentially frowned upon and marginalised by the Mauritian bourgeois until the 1950s when singer Ti Frère began to play a more Westernised fusion of séga. Through Ti Frère and his contemporaries like Serge Lebrasse, the music began to be popularised during the ‘60s and became fully accepted after the ‘Night Of The Morne’ event in 1964 as the Créole community asserted ist cultural identity. ‘Soul Sok Séga’ documents the heyday of séga in Mauritius during the 1970s as a new generation of contemporary artists broke through. Jazz, soul, funk and rock elements all began to be effortlessly infused into traditional séga folk roots to create some inspired fusions. A talented new wave of artists including Jean-Claude, Claudio, Marie Josée and Roger Clency became domestic stars and began to take the music to international stages for the first time. Meanwhile, cult artists like the James Brown-influenced Ti L’Afrique, Coulouce and Christophe all enjoyed a more brief but important moment in the spotlight. Since this era, séga has now been adopted as the national music of Mauritius and the original ‘70s music is a revelation for any fans of tropical music and world sounds.

Strut’s album features extensive sleeve notes from long time Mauritian cultural champion, Percy Yip Tong, including new artist interviews, photos and original vinyl artwork. The compilation is by DJ duo La Basse Tropicale (Natty Hô and Konsöle), based in the neighbouring island of La Reunion. 

FORMAT INFORMATION

Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

“Merging hip hop and African instrumentation into something mesmeric and true.” The Quietus

“Speaks to Zimbabwe’s history (“Chimurenga” translates to “struggle”), but this is classic message rap that spans regionally.” Pitchfork

Chimurenga Renaissance fuse together otherworldly sonics, Zimbabwean beats, Afro-conscious hip-hop, Congolese guitar ambiance and political heat. They mix electronic (ie. synths and samples) and organic instrumentation (IE; ngoma drums and mbira thumb pianos). Chimurenga Renaissance’s first release for Glitterbeat Records is ‘Girlz with Gunz’, a 27-minute, 11-song mini LP. A full-length album will follow in the autumn of 2016.

The duo was formed in 2012 and features Tendai Maraire, from the widely acclaimed Seattle group Shabazz Palaces, one of the leaders of hip-hop’s “audacious progressive fringe” (New York Times). Tendai hails from a renowned Zimbabwean musical lineage. His father, Abraham Dumisani Maraire, moved to the United States in the late 60’s and helped create a flourishing Zimbabwean music scene in the Pacific Northwest. Tendai’s partner in Chimurenga Renaissance, guitarist Hussein Kalonji (formerly known as the rapper H-Bomb), is a first generation Congolese American born in Washington DC. His father, Raymond “Braynck” Kalonji, is a Congolese guitar legend credited with pioneering the rumba / soukouss sound.


FORMAT INFORMATION

Includes MP3 Download Code.

Noelita / Doris Monteiro

Sambalanca / E Isso Ai

On side A we have Noelita's 'Sambalanca', a quirky, up-beat samba, originally released in 1973 on Copacabana. Organ and horn lines bubble under the drum groove and percussion. Taken from her only LP ‘Quando Me Sinto Só’ released in 1975. Sought after and expensive in its original form. Flip over for  Doris Monteiro's 'E Isso Ai'. The instantly recognisable, original version of the classic and much covered ‘E Isso Ai’. Beautiful laid back samba / MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), drenched in horns and percussion. Taken from her 1971 Odeon LP. This is the second time the hugely prolific Doris Monteiro has featured in Mr Bongo's Brazil 45’s series; previously with ‘Se Vocé Quiser Mas Sem Bronquear’ on number 9.

In 2009 a close knit collective of London-based musicians - Jesse Hackett (keys), Louis Hackett (bass), Sam Lewis (guitar), Chris Morphitis (bouzouki / guitar) and Tom Skinner (drums) - first arrived in Nairobi. They were brought to Kenya's capital in order to collaborate with local musicians as part of a project established by an organisation called Art Of Protest, which aims to promote local Kenyan musicians and rappers. Art of Protest introduced the London faction to Joseph Nyamungu, a phenomenal player / teacher of the nyatiti (an 8-string lyre) whose scope of knowledge of the traditional music of the Luo tribe is unparalleled. The sessions with Joseph and Charles Owoko, a drummer specialising in traditional Luo rhythms developed into something unique, fresh and full of verve - a Nairobi meets London sound clash.

The five London-based musicians, who have been friends since their school days, draw on a broad spectrum of African influences, from Fela Kuti and Tony Allen to the likes of Thomas Mapfumo and Oumou Sangare. On reconvening with Joseph and Charles on a second trip to Nairobi in May 2010, the group had now grown to a 10-piece big band, with Joseph inviting many other musicians to join the proceedings. A two day session at the Kenya National Theatre then culminated in the forthcoming self-titled album - a collection of gloriously loose Afro grooves symbolic of the true culture clash between the Luo and London. The founder of Gorillaz and Afrika Express, Damon Albarn, even gives the project his personal blessing, popping up on organ duties on the sprightly "Odera Lwar" and "Margaret Okudo (Dub)".


Emilio Santiago / Osmar Milito

Bananeira / América Latina

When Greg Caz and Deano Sounds teamed up to create The Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & Soul they created a collection of vintage Brazilian music that stretches across the scope of funk, soul, and psychedelic. Co-compiler and Brazilian music aficionado, Greg Caz says: “Without necessarily having a central theme other than funky nuggets from the first half of the 70s, we believe this compilation displays its own particular sense of logic, and that these songs ultimately all sound fantastic together. Regardless of one’s familiarity, or lack thereof, with artists like Antonio Carlos & Jocafi, Os Incríveis, Toni Tornado or Celia, the material on these 45s speaks its own truth and justifies their inclusion here. Many of these were originally available as singles, while others were taken from albums, but all are guaranteed to find their way into many DJ boxes and playlists.” The stunning 45s from this set will now be available for individual sale. The series continues with the split 7” containing the essential rare groove track “Bananeira” by Emilio Santiago b/w Osmar Milito E Quarteto Forma’s rare “América Latina” (as sampled by Madlib). 

Steepletone

12" Record Storage Carry Case - Orange

    - Portable LP record storage carry case
    - Robust vinyl covering available in 5 colours
    - Protective chrome effect trim on corners and all edges of the box
    - Hinged lid with 2 closing clasps and carry handle in matching colours
    - Holds approx upto 50 LPs / 12"s in their sleeves
    - 3.8 KG

    Taigura / Marisa Rossi

    Aquarela De Um Paid Na Lua / Deixa Eu Te Amar

    Extremely unique, psychedelic up-tempo Brazilian jazz fusion. Flutes, piano and vocal harmonies drift in and out of the mix, creating a lush soundscape.

    Taiguara was a prolific and hugely successful singer and songwriter - primarily within pop / MPB - whose career spanned nine albums in the late 60's and 70's. He is also thought to be one of the most censored Brazilian artists and was exiled to London in the 1970's by the Brazilian dictatorship.

    'Aquarela' is taken from his most experimental album 'Imyra, Tayra, Ipy' originally released in 1976 on Odeon and is a killer up-tempo psychedelic funk/soul track, highly sought after, originally released on Copaconana 7" in 1970.

    On side B Marisa Rossi's vocals, and also the backing track to 'Deixa Eu Te Amar', sound very much like the wonderful Swedish soul-jazz / funk singer Doris. This one's a real swinger.


    2001 & Beto / Trio Mocoto

    Labirinto / Swinga Sambaby

    When Greg Caz and Deano Sounds teamed up to create 'The Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & Soul' they created a collection of vintage Brazilian music that stretches across the scope of funk, soul, and psychedelic. Co-compiler and Brazilian music aficionado, Greg Caz says: “Without necessarily having a central theme other than funky nuggets from the first half of the 70s, we believe this compilation displays its own particular sense of logic, and that these songs ultimately all sound fantastic together. Regardless of one’s familiarity, or lack thereof, with artists like Antonio Carlos & Jocafi, Os Incríveis, Toni Tornado or Celia, the material on these 45s speaks its own truth and justifies their inclusion here. Many of these were originally available as singles, while others were taken from albums, but all are guaranteed to find their way into many DJ boxes and playlists.” The stunning 45s from this set will now be available for individual sale. The series continues with the split 7” of the extremely rare and funky “Labirinto” by 2001 & Beto on a split 45 with the Fender Rhodes driven infectious samba from Trio Mocotó called “Swinga Sambaby.” 


    Back to top