Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tru Skool Tuesday: Taking A Ride with Akua Naru

Peace… Blessings… Greetings to all! Akua Naru has been getting a LOT of play in my headphones today. I’m loving her interpretation of Fela Kuti’s classic song, “Lady.” And, then i saw a video from her recent live session video, which i had to share immediately with some of the people i love the most.

From there, i began obsessively listening to the album from her live session. There’s something about a good live performance that forever endears me to artists like Ms. Naru. Although i wasn’t there, this album does a good enough job capturing the energy for me. I love it! And i have that i’m going to be an Akua Naru fan for some time to come, because she embodies all of the bestest, most beautiful aspects of “Liberation Culture,” which (i believe) is desperately needed in our world today.

You can listen to and purchase her album here:

— Much Love


Mixtape Monday: Fine-Tuned EQs For Ya Earbuds

Greetings of Peace! Welcome to another Monday. As you begin your week, please do it responsibly… with some great tunes! I’ve got two great mixes which will help you do exactly that (enjoy your week responsibly, that is).

First up is Okayafrica’s, “Africa In Your Earbuds #19: Alec Lomami [Mixed by Brotha Onaci]. BIG HUUUUUGE shout out to Alec Lomami for inviting me to help out with this. He selected the music and the order of appearance. I merely pasted the songs together in a way that made sense to me. Be sure to also peep this, and almost ALL, of the AIYE cover art by DJ Underdog. I had an opportunity to check him out last Thursday at Lunchbox Theory‘s monthly Afrobeat party. I’m going to make sure that you “Get Familiar” with that brother in the very near future!

For my Philly people (and everyone else): i’ve teamed up with Tropicalismo and True Diversity Productions to bring a great new event to Northern Liberties called, EQuatorial Funk! To prepare you for the bass-quake that will be rocking Spring Garden, We’ve put together a sample mix for your listening pleasure. You can check it out on Mixcloud!

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— Much Love

Tránsito de Verano: It’s About To Be ON!

EQuatorial Funk (Tuesday, June 5)

This summer, tastemakers DJ DuiJi13, Juanderful Juan, and Brotha Onaci are conducting an audio journey celebrating music from around the world. They will intoxicate you with melodies and riddims from South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the various diasporas of culture emanating from those places. You will bust a move, luxuriate in the libations, enjoy the edible delights, and appreciate the ambiance of Llama Tooth’s beautiful outdoor space. What better way to celebrate the warmth of this season and enjoy the post Transit of Venus moment?!?

Be sure to check out our promo mix:

$5 (includes entrance and a drink ticket)
21+ Space is accessible!Brought to you by:
ø Sonic Diaspora
ø Tropicalismo Mundial
ø True Diversity Productions

RSVP on Facebook or Fusicology

Sonic Diaspora (Thursday, June 7)

∞ Juanderful of Tropicalismo Mundial

Juanderful is co-founder of Tropicalismo Mundial, a tropical sound aficionado, and connoisseur of fine global riddims. Growing up listening to the sounds from his Colombian background unquestionably laid down the main cadence to the soundtrack of his life. Being in Philly, with its soulful sounds and rich DJ legacy, has added another dimension to that score. Most recently, Juanderful has been pushing humidity soaked riddims at his TROPICALISMO events, which has seen the participation of guest DJs from around the globe. These experiences have helped to further expand his sonic range while encouraging him to dig deeper into the roots. Always pushing forward, not neatly defined, but global in mind.

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Enjoy Dance cuts of Africa and the African Diaspora every 1st Thursday at Elena’s. This dance party will uplift your soul as you release your mind on the dance floor! Elena’s DJs Brotha Onaci (the People’s DJ Collective) and DJ Champé (Lion’s Den Productions) will take you on musical exploration of the African world that is so hot you’ll think Philly sits along the equator. During this high-energy dance party, We’ll be throwing down some Afrobeat, Coupe Decale, Cumbia, Kuduro, Reggae, House, Afro-Latin, Azonto, Dancehall, Soca, and more.

Elena’s Soul Showcase Lounge and Cafe is an authentic and original chill spot in West Philly. With two levels of great food and refreshing drinks, it provides an ambiance that is welcoming and comfortable for EVERYONE!

Free before 11:00 ($5 after).
2nd Floor, 21+

RSVP on Facebook or Fusicology

Odunde Festival (Sunday June 10)

As a part of this year’s Odunde Festival, Sonic Diaspora, Tropicalismo Mundial, and World Town have teamed up to bring connoisseur of fine global music, DJ Zhao of Ngoma Sound, to Philadelphia for this incredible event!

DJ Zhao brings the best contemporary and classic dance music together from wildly different times and places, with focus on Africa. Informed of up-to-the-minute global street styles such as Afro-Electro, Angolan-House, Kuduro, Coupe Decale, Naija, Rai, and Cumbia, as well as drawing upon the wealth of sonic traditions worldwide such as Juju, Gwo Ka, Rumba, Taraab, and Persian Classical, Dj Zhao fuses ancestral rhythms and urban bass pressure. With Mashup and Re-Edit work directly connecting “East” and “West”, acoustic and electronic, traditional and hyper-modern, Dj Zhao creates hybrid genres such as Gamelan-Step, Sufi-Bass, or Acid-Zouk, making “Ancient-Futurist” musical collages at once mind expanding and floor smashing. Amateur ethno-musicologist and professional booty shaker, Dj Zhao is an International Sound Ambassador not only talking about, but demonstrating through raw sound experience, the underlying unity of all earth cultures.

Performing solo and with NGOMA Soundsystem which includes German Percussionist Marcel, Multi-Instrumentalist Matchume from Mozambique, Cuban Trumpeter El Congo, and various other musicians, DJ Zhao brings unique vision and energy to every event, and has performed or shared bills with artists such as Shangaan Electro (South Africa), Konono No. 1 (Congo), Rhythm and Sound (DE), Cooly G (UK), Appietus (Ghana), Shackleton (UK), Pan Sonic (Finland).


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Odunde is a festival that celebrates and educates the Tri-State area on the diversified African and African-American cultures. Running since 1975, the festival boasts as being the longest running and largest African American cultural festival on the East Coast.

For more information, visit the Odunde Festival website and Facebook page:


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