Monthly Archives: January 2013

New Audio: Aural Space-Making

These are some of my first experiments with making music. I’m definitely drawn to the aural aesthetic of Afro Futurism, which (to me) is where Hip Hop and Octavia Butler (and Science Fiction more generally) come together to imagine new sounds and create alternate realities!

I’ve been listening to a LOT of jazz recently… primarily Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln, Ornette Coleman, Alice Coltrane, and Pharoah Sanders. I hope to drawn on them in the music i plan to make in the very near future. For now…







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Get Familiar Episode 12: Danny Mekonnen of Debo Band

Danny Mekonnen is a co-founder and leader of Debo Band. In this interview he talks about his musical roots and journey, Debo Band’s music, and more!

You can check some of their sounds and press at the following links:

NPR Music’s Bob Boilen’s 243 Favorite Concerts of 2012 – Debo Band Ranked #3!!!

Interview on Philadelphia’s WXPN, with David Dye/World Cafe

KEXP Bumbershoot Lounge – Live Video

NPR – 50 Favorite Albums of 2012

NPR – Top Ten World Music Albums of 2012

WNYC Soundcheck CMJ Showcase – Live Video

YouTube Debo Band Album Stream

Debo Band Spotify

This is written by my good bro and fellow People’s DJ, Chapulin!

I don’t know what to really call this music: global bass, nucumbia, electro cumbia. I like electropical because the name describes what the music is – tropical beats with electronic elements.

I have been trying to find music like this since about 2000.  This list is a bit of my journey. I hope you like it.  And please comment with friendly additions!

Señor Coconut

This was the first example of this type of music I found. It was 2000 or 2001.  I was in Lubbock, TX, and I wanted more of this!

Trans Europe Express (Cumbia) – Señor Coconut

For me, the whole album by Senor Coconut, aka Atom Heart, is a classic, though Pitchfork only gave it a 6.0 when it was released.  Señor Coconut Y Su ConjuntoEl Baile Aleman

Nortec Collective

I found this music while in Mexico, listening to the radio. For…

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Long Live Afropop!: Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits

Happy Sunday, EVERYONE! As the new year gets going, i am excited to share some great events with you. One of them is a concert and dance party with the Zimbabwean pop star, Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits who will be whose Philadelphia debute is  January 12, 2013! I have the honor of playing this show alongside DJs Lil’Dave and Junior of the Eavesdrop Radio crew!

As i begin preparing for this event, i’m listening to and channeling the vibe of some of my favorite Tuku tracks (see below), as well as many other great Zimbabwean artists, including Thomas Mapfumo, Netsayi, Audius, and Joseph Garakara & Mbama Express! If you’re in Philly, you will definitely want to attend this event! For now, please enjoy a few selections.

— Much Love



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Tru Skool Tuesday: VA 2 Philly

Greetings! Welcome to the 1st Tru Skool Tuesday of 2013! This week i wanna feature artists who have tread similar geographic spaces as me, particularly VA and Philly.

First up is this great video from Philly-honed producer, emcee, singer, and band leader, Hezekiah. I love this video and song. They capture the beauty of a city that is largely characterized by it’s “philth.” Better yet, he gives the Philly grime an aesthetic quality that i feel when listening to some of the best 70s soul singers!

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Soul Students. After not hearing much from the various artists from that collective, i was very happy to see this video. Directed by Stephen Miles (aka Dicap), it demonstrates how some of my favorite artists have grown over the years!

I recently met Richmond native, Eso Tahreek, here in Philly where he now resides. The internationally respected producer-emcee has a plethora of DOPE work that the will definitely benefit the hip hop world when released. As you wait for those tracks, check out Eso’s Soundcloud page for a taste of what’s in store!

These are my favorites: