Category Archives: Mixtape Monday

Trans∆itions: A Summer-Fall Mixtape

This mix is about the tension and harmony between seasons, facets of the self, and the continuum of existence. The music featured here moves across a variety of (sub)genres and styles to highlight the melancholy, joy, love, rejection, and other emotions that compete for our total attention at any given moment. More importantly, these songs transport listeners across state-constructed borders and lifts them beyond the gravitational pull of planets. The tracks work together to obliterate time and space as we know it, thanks to the various vessels through which this audio communication was gifted to us.

Several inspirational people transitioned back to the spiritual essence during the long process of curating this mix. Some were personal friends and acquaintances. Others existed outside of my personal space. All taught me some important lessons about humanity and provided glimpses of how we can work together to heal it from its current ills. I dedicate this mix to them, as well as to my people who still travel with me in their earthly form. Some of you just arrived. Others have been here for a few years. I love and cherish you all.

Note: the overwhelming majority of these songs are available for download, so be sure to explore the links.

TRACK LIST
01. Bosco, “Slippin”
02. 10th Letter“Inhale the Sun”
03. Jodeci, “Freek N’ You” (TOKiMONSTA Frickinyoo Remix)
04. Little Simz, “Have I”
05. 7even Thirty, “Filthy Rich”
06. Tech N9ne, “Fragile” F. Kendrick Lamar
07. Muhsinah, “Cut Off”
08. Ego Ella May, “Underwater”
09. De La Soul, “Let the King Ascend”
10. Iyadede, “DEDEOPHIL0X”
11. Kanye West, “Two Words” (Chillverb Remix)
12. Jill Scott, “Love Rain” F. Mos Def (iJawn Remix)
13. DR.M∆D • Megiapa • V.S.Ø., “Beyond the Sun” (R33 DRMWRKD)
14. Chester Watson, “Casanegra” F. Gabe “Nandez”
15. Pharrell Williams, “Happy” (DJ Ruckus R&B Drop Refix)
16. Animals As Leaders, “The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing” (Crushfield Remix)
17. Jackie Queens, “Interludishness”
18. Ed Thomas, “Hurt”
19. Gyptian, “Wine Slow” Kush Arora China White Remix)
20. DJ Limbs, “You Might Just Go and Catch a Shooting Star”
21. Eva, “Deaf”
22. Tinashe, “Vunlerable” (Sango Remix)
23. Miguel, “Girl With the Tatoo” (NEVR Remix)

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 😉

Mixtape Monday: DJ Eko Presents “¡PALETA! Vol.1”

Peace! This installment of Mixtape Monday is coming in from DJ Eko whose Soultronica Mixes are creating quite the buzz. Her “¡PALETA! Vol.1” mix weaves “Afrobeats” of Nigeria and Ghana with some fantastic Caribbean and South American flavors. The mix makes a brotha smile and move uncontrollably as i listen. I have a feeling that you will also enjoy it!

You know the drill: stream and/or download this mix, then share it with a couple-few friends!

Paleta

Mixtape Monday: Celebrating 3 Years of Sonic Diaspora!

Sonic Diaspora celebrates 3 years of connecting people to the sounds of Africa and its vast diaspora! Starting in Chicago at the Butterfly Social Club in May 2011, the Sonic D concept has spread and the team has grown. In name or in spirit, the party has been in DC, Philly, Brooklyn and elsewhere as the Sonic DJs travelled and reached new audiences. Supporters have included Chief Boima & Geko Jones (Dutty Artz),DJs Beto & Ushka (iBomba), Maracuyeah, DJ Underdog, Jah Sonic, Ben Arsenal and Mr. Femstar (WorldTown), DJ Senyo (Swenka), Tropicalismo, DuiJi 13, Record Breakin’ Music, and more!

In commemoration and commitment to the concept (connecting people to the sounds of the African world), the Sonic Diaspora DJs put together a 97 minute mix that takes listeners on a journey across 4 continents and innumerable cultures.

Itzi Nallah gets things going with an eclectic mix futuristic, house, Afrobeat vibes and more. The newest Sonic DJ, Punchaushen, takes us to his home, South Africa. His blend of township sounds will have you moving uncontrollably. Itch 13 reminds us how important the Caribbean is as a connector of peoples, cultures, and sounds. Then afroqbano explores deep and hypnotic rhythms stretching from Brazil to Réunion Island, including some of his latest remixes. Finally, Brotha Onaci closes with a small sampling of music meant to liberate your body and uplift your soul.

Enjoy this mix as we say Happy 3rd Anniversary to Sonic Diaspora! Big s/o to Beshou (@LaBeautifulMess on Twitter) & Kate Bomz (@KateBomz on Twitter) who have contributed greatly to the Sonic D family. Most importantly, thanks to YOU for showing so much support over these last 3 years. We look forward to bringing you more Sonic goodies as we move forward!

01. Mating Dance – “Flako”
02. EL, Dex Kwasi and Stargo – “Wawolo” (Julz Remix)
03. Full Crate ft. Papa Ghana – “L’Afrique”
04. Sali Sidibe´ – “Dunia Djamou” (Jose Marquez Remix)
05. Homeboyz Muzik – “African Central Soul”
06. Fela Kuti – “Shakara” (Ossie’s Bump Edit)
07. London Afrobeat Collective – “Prime Minister” (Captain Planet Remix)
08. Justin Imperiale/ Eddie Nicholas – “Fall in Love” (3 Kings Café Leroux Instrumental)
09. Twinny Tee/Ma V – “Musujungihala” (Deep Sound Crew Remix)
10. O-KA-Pi – “Bolingo” (African Roots Remix)
11. DJ Sailorman – “Afurika” (Instrumental)
12. Reebah – “Amadlozi” (Deep Night Project)
13. Flipo – “Doh Tell Me Dat”
14. Bunji Garlin – “It’s a Carnival”
15. Blatan – “Indebuilding”
16. Bradez – “Wossop”
17. Mpeach & Sunsplash – “Boogaloo Mutante”
18. Sango – “Tres Horas”
19. Lx Monkeys Beats – “Hwambo”
20. Owiny Sigoma Band – “Wires” (Theo Parish Remix)
21. Voukoum – “Dériv’”
22. JM EDITS – “Fela” (JM edit) (water no enemy)
23. Buju Banton – “Champion” (afroqbano remix)
24. Sono Rhizmo’ – “O Telefono”
25. Jackson do Pandeiro – “Capoeira Mata Um” (Tahira – Buraco Velho Edit)
26. Umoja – “Fiya!”
27. Cantigas de Capoeira – “Eu naci foi de repente” (afroqbano edit)
28. Lindigo – “Buffalony”
29. Mariem Hassan – “Haiyu” (Brotha Onaci edit)
30. Meiway – “200% Zoblazo” (Brotha Onaci edit)
31. Farmer Nappy – “Big People Party”
32. Alpha & Olmega – “Talk of the Drum”

Kinetic Connections: Delhi – Nairobi – Philly

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Connections Across the Diaspora

Chicago – Nairobi – Philly

I recently supplied a House music mix to our good friends of the Sentient Sound Session crew. They are creating and promoting some great music, so i am honored that they allowed a Brotha to contribute to the cause! My mix includes edits and remixes from Sonic Diaspora teammates Afroqbano and Punchuashen, as well as yours truly. 60 minutes of deep and soulful tracks will have you groovin’ and catchin’ the spirit of spring!

Track List
01. DJ Tipz, “Lifetime” F. Kholi
02. Migosy, “Skyline” (Rancido Deep Journey Main Mix)
03. James Blake, “Retrograde” (Punchuashen Rikere Remix) www.soundcloud.com/punchuashen
04. Black Coffee, “Rock My World” F. Soulstar (Jullian Gomes Remix)
05. Paso Doble, “Get Me Over” F. Miranda Nicole
06. DJ X-Trio & Ricardo Alves, “Loukua Kanza”
07. John Legend, “All of Me” (Brotha Onaci’s Afrodeep Edit) www.soundcloud.com/brotha-onaci/all-of-me-edit
08. The Layabouts, “Open Up” F. KOF
09. Carlos Silva, “Riding on Love” F. Nelson Freitas (Rancido Traveling Soul Mix)
10. St. Evo & Mbewe, “Kalijo” (Brotha Onaci’s “The Harvest” Mashup) www.soundcloud.com/mycrazything-records/brotha-onaci-the-harvest
11. Nappy Vendetta, “Thuli’s Lament” F. Thuli Mlambo James www.soundcloud.com/nappyvendetta/featuring-thuli-mlambo-james
12. DJ X-Trio, “Glow” F. Jackie Queens www.soundcloud.com/jackie-queens
13. Nicolas Jaar, “With Just One Glance” F. Scout LaRue (Zepherin Saint Edit)
14. 4X4, “Miss Doctor” (Afroqbano Remix) www.soundcloud.com/dj-afroqbano/miss-doctor-afroqbano-chill

 
 

 

Radiant Souls Re-Up

Delhi – London – Philly

Amrisha, host of Worldwide Thing, has an excellent show that you may enjoy. I’ve given her show a few listens, and always get HOOKED. If that’s not enough, she has been kind enough to feature some of my DJ mixes and production on her radio program! Amrisha and her guests play some great tunes, and i am grateful to share such camaraderie. Check out Worldwide Thing on Soundcloud and connect with Amrisha on Twitter. You won’t be sorry!
 

 

 

 

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Listen to the entire show here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen of Peace by Casmir [Mixed by Brotha Onaci]

So it’s a new year and i am embarking on some new ventures (film, dance, remixes, EP… it’s going to be a great year)! Even with all of the newness, i am also going to do a little more of the same. I am still a DJ through and through and have a few mixtape projects lined up.

The first mix features Dope Chic numero uno, Casmir (Chicago & Los Angeles)! Folks who have been riding with me for a while may remember her from Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 1. She invited me to scratch, cut and past some of her recent tunes into her Queen of Peace Mixtape. I had a great time working with these tracks and think that listeners will appreciate her blend of deep thought, “street” sensibilities, and her loud and proud sexual expression. Her music/sound choices and vocal delivery also provide for an interesting overall composition.

Anyone who knows me is aware that am critical of how nuanced (and blatant) manifestations of gender oppression pop up in just about everything human beings think, say, and do. This mixtape contains some of those things that i challenge myself and everyone else (who will listen) to recognize and rethink. Despite this, i recommend that folks give this a thorough listen and discuss the pros and cons of the music, broader culture, and the reality that we live in, which Casmir artistically brings into her music. Also, show Casmir some support by commenting on and her tracks!

— Much Love

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Mixtape Monday: Cloak Dagger at Betel NYC

Mixtape Monday is here again! This week, i’ve got a fantastic mix from my man, Cloak Dagger. His “Betel” mix is good for two things: (1) Getting your morning or week started on the right foot; (2) Learning how to build the musical energy over the course of a set. Of course, it’s also good for movin’ and groovin’ in every other occasion! So, give this a listen then let Cloak know what you think. I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

—  Much Love

 

 

Cloak Dagger