Recently I was asked to put together a mix for Boiler Room’s Upfront series. That is, strictly online, not the Boiler Room in a secret nightclub where people are wiling out behind the dj. Just as well, as it’s very hard to for the uninitiated to dance the Takamba.
It’s been a very busy past year, and the blog has been so quiet as of late as we’ve been wrapping up the film, traveling in W. Africa – and continuing, with upcoming Mdou Moctar EU/Canada tour dates, and screenings across Europe this summer. But there is so much music to share: more Balani Show remixes out of Bamako, Azna’s Hendrix inspired Tahoua rock, the first Tuareg film soundtrack from Mdou Moctar, blown out wedding songs from Nouakchott, a new Amanar album and so much more.
Here is a little sampling of what is to come in 2015. Stay tuned.
It’s been a very busy 2014. We released a handful on vinyl releases, toured three times in Europe, traveled twice across the Sahel, and filmed the first ever Tuareg language film. In honor of things coming to an end and new beginnings, here’s a little year end mix. There are a couple of highlights from the past, but also a glimpse into the next year – with the release of Mdou Moctar’s film and soundtrack, new collaborations with Mississippi of Azawad folklore, lost and found recordings of Niger 70’s orchestras, electrified live wedding recordings from Nouakchott, and sublime electro-instrumental Tuareg synth.
To my Scandinavian friends: I’m in Sweden this week! Amanar was supposed to be joining me, but due to visa issues I’m representing Azawad by my lonesome. I’ll be in Stockholm and on the 11 and 12th I’ll be djing at Gagnef Festival.
Lastly, for those of you that missed it – the program I co-produced with Sam Backer on Modern Malian music is still live up on Afropop Worldwide. Big ups to letting us play “Malien Dougie” on NPR affiliates across America. Eat your heart out Terry.
Troubling news in Northern Mali right now with former colonizer France bombarding the North – that’s the sh*t I don’t like. For some of the globalization that we do like, here are a few recent mixes I compiled for Okayafrica and Dublab Radio. Keep on keeping on.