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SMILING C

Somewhere between electro soul and melodramatic pop, this is music focused towards the youth and set in some strange dream.  
Aset was a collective founded by a group of individuals deeply involved in community improvement initiatives and the struggle for justice and equality. A project that would link motivated adults with talented young people in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The compilation takes songs from three released projects of Aset, and one semi-unreleased single. Latonya, a spunky 11 year old kid singing about divorce, love, and dancing. The poster child of Aset. Treo, a trio of high school gals in harmony singing about love and relationships. Whax, the high school boys who were a bit stranger; the silly side of Aset. All backed by The Aset Players. Release comes housed in a newly designed jacket with inner sleeve containing info on the label/artists and an interview with the label director, Mba Mbulu.

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Patrick says: Last time out Smiling C were introducing us to the Arabic rap of Shams Dinn, and the imprint continue to expand our musical horizons on their second release, a retrospective of D.C. community initiative Aset. Youthful electro, jazz-funk and street soul with a hint of freestyle thrown in for good measure. It's a killer curio that'll make you move.

For their first ever reissue, Smiling C connects with the Arabic rapper Shams Dinn to release a compilation his best songs, including the hit "Hedi Bled Noum". The compilation covers his entire career of with songs made between 1985-1990, most of which went unreleased at the time. One of the few Moroccan rappers to ever be recorded on vinyl back in the 80s, Shams Dinn was a pioneer of Arabic flow. Starting his career because he wanted to be a positive light for the Arabic immigrants living in France. He earned his status participating in freestyle competitions, and performing in small clubs around Europe. His career came to a turning point when he was asked by a major label to record a full LP. Unfortunately, the label decided they didn't want to promote Arabic music (largely because of the Gulf War) - and asked Shams to translate the Arabic to French. Shams Dinn wouldn't stand for that, and he was dropped from the label. The following years he worked at a school, teaching kids how to rap and express themselves through words. The reissue comes with newly imagined art, and an inner sleeve with interview and photos. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Definitely the only Moroccan rap album in my collection, the first release on exciting imprint Smiling C brings us funky, boogie/freestyle beats topped with Shams Dinn's fluid Arabic flow. Pure party starters for the left of centre crowd.


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