“Nu-Bein Vibrations” is a spirit-musical journey. It celebrates sounds that encourage us to reach outside of our current comfort zones to embrace that which is “new,” fresh, and positive. As we submit our minds to this process our body-intelligence will kick in and cause the re-awakening of musical taste buds that yearn only for that which is good for the entire self. It will challenge the self which floats within the comfortable boundaries set by those who profit from our acceptance of their dangerously low standards.
The delectable dance tunes in this short mix contribute to a process of raising one’s spiritual energy to the highest attainable level. It facilitates in the transformation from humans to Nu-Beins (or New Beings) who choose to vibrate only at frequencies that contribute positivity and beauty to this world we currently inhabit.
In May, Sonic Diaspora celebrates its one-year anniversary!!! In that year, We’ve laid a strong foundation for what We hope becomes a powerful force for uniting positive people around the music and struggles of African people throughout the world. Being rooted in social justice communities and ideals, We want to make sure that Sonic Diaspora maintains its relevance. If you don’t know the purpose behind Sonic Diaspora, you can view it here. [It's all about MOVEMENT... movement of peoples across geographic terrains; movement on the dance floor, and movement against oppression.] As you consider what’s written, please enjoy the most recent Sonic Diaspora mix. Then let us know what you think!
I, personally, would like to know what Y.O.U. think of the event, the mixes, and the developing social-political purpose. With whom should Sonic Diaspora build solidarity (other African & Diasporic music parties, artists, political struggles and organizations, African culture organizers, etc)? How can We make the social-political aspect more visible within the dance parties? Do you think the music (in the mixes and dance parties) is reflective of the larger purpose?
Happy Monday! This week, i have the honor of providing some “Fresh Sonic Produce” via Haveplentymusic.com, a Namibian-based website that is dedicated to African music and culture. Haveplentymusic is also a sponsor of Sonic Diaspora, which goes down in Philly every 1st Thursday of the month, and in Chicago every 2nd Friday. If you happen to be in one of those cities when a Sonic Diaspora is happening, then you’ll definitely want to stop on through.
I hope that you enjoy this mix. It features Afrobeat and Afro-house music from some soon-to-be-famous producers and musicians, including Baoku, Jiff the General, Punchuashen (more from him soon!) featuring Oneil Abercrombie, Eddhi, Rotimi Hundeyin & D Afrophonik Rhythms Crew, and Terry P from Objektives Music. You’ll also find some classic Afrobeat by King Sunny Ade, as well as dope tracks from Black Coffee, Eltonnick, and (one of my faves) Zaki Ibrahim!
Special thanks to da.goto.guy (email@example.com) for providing the dope cover art!
About one year ago, several emcees and producers blessed me with a collection of hip hop that became my first long-standing internet mixtape! “Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 1“ was an instant “classic” (in my eyes, at least), both because of the diverse people who came together to create it, and the various ideas and forms musical expression represented. Because it was such a successful project, i decided to do another one!
Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 2 is shaping up to be as good and more representative of hip hop’s global presence. Artist contributions have come in from the U.S., Nigeria, Namibia, Germany, South Africa, and elsewhere. To say that i’m excited about the Feb. 13 release of volume 2 is an understatement!!! I hope you are looking forward to it as well.
Stream, download, and share “Radiant Souls Vol. 1,” and please spread the word about the next installment! More details will be available soon via facebook and my “mixserv” (message me to sign up). Thanks so much for your continued support.
Happy Monday! This mix is incredibly dope. ‘Nuff said (yes, i took back to the 90s on that one). It features a great remix of Nomisupasta’s “Maybe I,” as well as several other deep & dope gems. I hope you enjoy it. Much Love.
Mixtape Monday is something i look forward to each week (along with my other regular posts). So many great DJs are making their mixes available via Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Podomatic, and many other websites, that one can literally get through each week without hearing the same thing twice. There’s a world of music out there, and as long as it’s available, i’m trying to hear it ALL! The downside for me is that i find it hard to develop a strong connection with DJs, artists, and songs in the same way that i did back in the analog days.
For that reason, i’m taking a week or two off from listening to DJ mixes. What that actually means, is that i won’t be binging on them and posting as i usually do. I will, however, ask that YOU go back through the mixtape archive that i’ve been building up by simply clicking on the “Mixtape Monday” tag just below the title for this post. Rediscover some of the talent out there in the World (Wide Web). Leave comments for the DJs you like; i’m absolutely certain that they’ll appreciate hearing from you.
I will be greeting 2012 with some new mixes to promote events i’m getting involved in, as well as to chart some new personal territory as my musical tastes continue to expand and evolve. I’m getting the next “Radiant Souls” mixtape ready for Feb. 2012. Also, “Sonic Diaspora” is still going strong, so i’ll have more of those mixes coming at you throughout the year! I suggest that you stay tuned to my facebook page and get down with my mixserv by emailing me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that you can get everything first!
Much Love & Gratitude for all your support and inspiration.
To say that i am excited about this week’s featured mixtape on Okayafrica may just be a bit of an understatement. In fact, i’m ecstatic!!!
In case you’re not familiar with Okayafrica, it is a sister website to Okayplayer. They have a lot of the same focus on great music and innovative culture, but Okayafrica is specifically dedicated to promoting African music and culture.
Every month they release a couple of mixtapes called “Africa In Your Earbuds,” which so far has featured big-named DJs, like Chief Boima and The Very Best. For mixtape number SEVEN (which just so happens to be my number), yours truly is bringing some of that fresh “sonic produce” from Africa that inspires me to boogie on the dance floor, think about the cultural diversity of Africans all over the globe, and (of course) chant down Babylon!
To stream and/or download the mix, just click the album art! Please let me know what you think of the mix here or on my facebook page.
Special thanks to DJ AfroQbano and Baoku Moses whose songs are featured in this mix. Big BIG thanks and love to David Nallah who freshed up the cover art.
Happy Mixtape Monday. This week’s selection comes from one of the newest members of the People’s DJ Collective, DJ Chapulin! This mix is filled with enough bass to replace your workday coffee, so give it a good listen and leave DJ Chapulin some feedback. Enjoy!
dj.ang.g’s musical repertoire includes an array of sounds. Any time she is providing the entertainment, you may hear a mix of Cumbia, Salsa, Bachata, Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, House, and even Honky Tonk (i’ve seen and heard for myself!). But her appreciation for DJing began with disco and pop.
Born a DJ, her younger days in Corpus Christi, TX were filled with an appreciation for good music. dj.ang.g would often listen to the radio and think of ways to cue up songs. She also began imagining ways to refix her favorite disco songs as house tracks. From there she played CDs at friends’ parties where people complimented her for her song selection. After re-locating to Chicago, dj.ang.g bought a Berihnger BCD 3000 DJ controller, which she considers a “workhorse,” and shortly thereafter began rocking parties.
Ang is no stranger to Multi-Kulti, the Hideout, Logan Square Auditorium, Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar, people’s backyards, their living rooms, and anywhere else folks gather to dance. She even played a few parties at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum in Detroit. Her favorite moments include those parties in which the audience was diverse in terms of age, race, ethnicity, and musical taste, but everyone would pack the dance floor in rhythmic solidarity. A night was even better when dj.ang.g would successfully execute unique mixes (for example, transitioning from Salsa to Bhangra) seamlessly. Also on many great nights, Ang reminisced, “we [we]re still playing music and people [we]re still dancing long after the party was supposed to end.” During such moments she lost track of time and “had way too much fun (or some might argue, just enough fun).”
Now dj.ang.g has relocated back to Corpus Christi where she is embracing new challenges as they come her way. Refixing disco tracks is still on her horizon, but her more immediate test will be finding ways to please Tejano audiences that may be resistant to the breadth of sound characteristic of dj.ang.g’s style.
You can reach dj.ang.g via her facebook page for booking, updates, gig info, and if you’re interested in possible collaboration.