Category Archives: Liberation Culture

When Jeremih Sits at Michael Jackson’s Feet

Sometimes a simple mashup goes a long way! Enjoy the download.

Much Love

– Brotha Onaci

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Mixtape Monday: Alec Lomami’s “Sebene: Buka Loketo Mix”

Alec Lomami is back with another great mix available for your listening enjoyment! Mixed by Lucho, this one celebrates Democratic Republic of Congo independence. This mix features great dance tunes from Wenga Musica, Koffi Olomide, and more, so you might want to give it a listen when you’re able to move freely 😉

Tru Skool Tuesday: Wagëblë & The World of Hip Hop

Hip hop is a cultural force that never ceases to amaze me. From artists creative use of words to create their “raps” to the ever-evolving use of samples and original production, there is always something new and exciting happening. I find this to be most true when i find/am introduced to emcees and groups that originate from places outside of the United States.

One example of this is Wagëblë who’s “name connotes the communal meeting place for the people to discuss the issues that affect their lives; the group’s philosophy originates from the name’s associated acronym, Wax Aduna Geddu Ettu Baatin Lemu Elek, which essentially means that Wageble feels that their calling is to speak truth to the world about the essential spiritual knowledge of life in order to ensure a positive future.” This Tru Skool Tuesday includes a couple examples of Wagëblë’s music and message. Check them out and enjoy!

– Much Love

 

 

 

What is A Turntable Liberationist?

I’ve been asked on many occasions: “Brotha O, what do you mean you refer to yourself as a ‘Turntable Liberationist’?” The answer to this question is both easy and difficult. The easy answer is that i am a turntablist (one who uses turntables as an instrument) with a liberation-oriented agenda. This is where the answer become a lil more difficult. It requires that We break down the word liberation.

“Liberation,” according to several dictionaries, has something to do with doing away with oppression. I attempt to make this somewhat vague idea tangible in several ways. The first is through my music selection. As a self-styled turntable liberationist, i am careful to play music that i believe affirms people’s humanity and does not assault or insult them on the dance floor.  Therefore, you’re likely to hear me play music that celebrates life and living in ways that do not cause harm to others. In other words, it’s veeeery rare that you’ll hear tracks that refer to people in disrespectful ways because of their race, class, gender(s), sexual preference(s), etc. I would like to claim that i never play tracks that are oppressive, but sometimes i miss or misunderstand lyrics (esp. when some songs are in languages that i don’t understand). I do try my best to avoid such songs.

Part of being a turntable liberationist also include education. I am an educator and attempt to expose myself and others to a variety of ideas and cultures. That requires me to play music you probably don’t hear 50 times each day against your will. Here are two fantastic songs that you may hear in my mixes and feel deep in your soul at a party:

Exhibit A [click here for an explanation of the song’s meaning]

Exhibit B

– Much Love

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

Liberation Culture: To Speak Out & Anti Up

Sometimes “conscious” folks get into a habit of complaining about problems. Between the Trayvon Martin killing, police violence, hateful right-wing propaganda, etc., it can be difficult to refrain from raising a critique or two. And, some of us are also known to always have a less-than-flattering assessment of popular music culture in the U.S. of A. That’s why, as a self-styled Turntable Liberationist, i am always pleased to hear music that speaks out against injustice and begins to imagine a better world for us all.

One example of this is a great timeline of hip hop songs that declare war against police brutality. Many thanks to Project NIA for putting this together and maintaining a daily attack on the “justice”/prison system. Visit their website and show them some love on Facebook after you view their interactive timeline: http://www.dipity.com/prisonculture/Police-Violence-Through-Rap-Music/

Next is a dope track by my homeboy, FOUR (Fire of Underground Rap). The song, begins with the emcee invoking the spirit of Trayvon Martin and the countless others who fell victim to the evil actions of man. Listen to this track and leave FOUR some much-deserved feedback on Soundcloud:

— Much Love

Brotha Onaci Presents: Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 2

Radiant Soul Selekta, Brotha Onaci, is back with another installment of positive hip hop! This time he’s teamed up with several “underground” artists from the U.S., Kenya, Germany, South Africa, Namibia, and Nigeria to liberate your earbuds.

After you’ve enjoyed a few moments of audio abolition, check the artists websites, hit them up on Twitter, listen to more of their offerings on Bandcamp, and show them some love! After that, pass the mix along to your crew and them and encourage them to continue spreading the love.

Many thanks and much Love to all the contributing artists (track list below). It was VERY difficult to keep this mix under 60 mins. because they submitted such great music! Gratitude also to CJ Monk & Powerful P for blessing the mix with some personalized soundbites! And Thank YOU for listening.
We will win!


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1. DJ.BasketQASE – “Beat For Frankie Ruiz”
2. R.i.C (Rumor in the Chi) – “Unconditional Love” F. Nicole Eboni
3. The Invisible Enigma – “Strawberry Jam in Jarheads” [sourced from
Haveplentymusic.com]
4. DETROIT PIStoLS (Power Is Surrendering to Love’s Strength) – “Ground Beneath My
Feet” [produced by Sterling Toles]
5. Just Jay – “Going All In” [produced by TallBlackGuy]
6. Akua Naru – “The Wound” F. Blitz the Ambassador
7. K-Nel – “Nina Nnjaa” F. Kawira [sourced from Haveplentymusic.com]
8. Josh – “Throw It Up”
9. Synik – “God Within” [sourced from Haveplentymusic.com]
10. Sincerely Yours – “It’s All Good” [produced by Slot-A]
11. Fecko the Emcee – “Flow Global” (Afrobeat Remix) [sourced from
Haveplentymusic.com]
12. KrisDeLaRash – “Consumption”
13. Emcee Nemesis – “The Children”
14. Neak – “It’s Your World” [produced by INTLMC & Slot-A]
15. Add-2 – “God Bless The Dead” [produced by Slot-A]
16. Abstract Wolff – “Rose Amilla”
17. Vallentine & Arazan – “Dark Sunrise” [courtesy of Slang Audio Records and
Keleketla! Library]
18. K-Von the Great – “I Will Achieve”
19. Amun Miraaj – “Hell”

These artist deserve our support! So please give this mixtape a listen then pass it along to your crew. Then find the artists on bandcamp, soundcloud, facebook, and their websites and show them some love!

http://www.facebook.com/Add2FanPage
http://www.facebook.com/akuanaru
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bad-Wolff/132387560141373 /Twitter: @Amanu360
http://www.facebook.com/brotha.onaci /Twitter: @brotha_onaci
http://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-basketQASE/178207132250490
http://www.facebook.com/thisisfecko /Twitter: @Fecko_thaEmcee
http://www.facebook.com/Neak84 /Twitter: @Neak_Undefined
http://www.facebook.com/slotabeats Twitter: @IAMSLOTA
K-von The Great on Twitter: @kvon216
facebook.com/pages/RiC/155730214450990 / Twitter: @rumorinthechi

Blogs & Websites
onthe81.wordpress.com
http://www.anglohili.com/
http://keleketla.org/
http://thisisfecko.blogspot.com/
https://soularadiance.wordpress.com/
just-jay.bandcamp.com
akuanaru.bandcamp.com
rumorinthechi.bandcamp.com

Also listen to Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 1