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Mixtape Monday: Black History Month

Big shoutout to Philly DJ-Emcee, John Morrison. Brother-man put together this mix for Black History Month, which i’ve been rocking non-stop! It features classic tracks, more recent cuts, and soundbites from one of the pioneers of African history, Cheik Anta Diop. Give it a listen and share it with your peoples.

– Much Love


More Black History Month mixes by John Morrison: http://www.mixcloud.com/john-morrison/



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

The Best 10+ Tracks of 2012 That I DIDN’T Get to Play

People tend to do “best of” lists at the end of each year. This year, i decided to do one of my own. I am happy to have so many opportunities to share the music i love with people on a regular basis. But truthfully, i only present a fraction of what i actually listen to. For that reason, i’m sharing my ten favorite songs of 2012 that didn’t make it to a mixtape or my party playlist. Some of these didn’t even make it to my Facebook wall (shame on me, i know).

I guess one point of this post is just to remind folks that i LOVE music. I appreciate ALL genres. So, even if you know me as a Hip Hop and African Diaspora DJ, please don’t think that i don’t get down with EDM, alternative rock, and more! So, here they are. I hope you enjoy my Top Ten (and then some) tracks of 2012.

Top TEN of Twenty Twelve

Add-2 – Cotton Fields

[i got acquainted with Add-2 as i was gathering tracks for Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 2. This brother is sick with the lyrics, and his beats — many produced by SLOT-A — are pure inspiration]

Sabo – Sigueme (Sabo & DJ Afro Mix)

[dope remake of one of the songs that made me a house head!]

MONOTONE – Invitation To Dance F. RubyGold

[(technically, this was released in 2011 according to youtube) i stumbled across this song quite by accident over the summer when it showed up in my record pool, which NEVER has African music! i listened and became instantly hooked by the music and the beautiful voice. when i looked the song up, i noticed the the voice belonged to RubyGold, the beauty from “Teka Munike.” This track is a staple in my headphones, but didn’t make it to any mixes or parties. i’ll correct that in 2013]

Cajmere & Gene Farris – Donna’s A Flower

[i never get enough of this song. there’s nothing more to it]

Swedish House Mafia – Save The World

[before the EDM-is-killing-dance-music folks launch an attack, please just listen to the song. It’s truly beautiful. The music is superb and the lyrics are nice. Give it a good listen, THEN critique it to your hearts’ content]

Stonebwoy Burniton – Climax F. Samini

[this one did get a little play time. Unfortunately, the sound quality is so horrible — yes, i PURCHASED this track — that i only played it once at Sonic Diaspora in DC. If i can get ahold of a better version, i’ll play it at every gig i can in the future.]

Erin Leah & N’Dinga Gaba – Rocker (N’Dinga’s Uptown Remix)

[I LOVE every version of this song]

Chromatics – These Streets Will Never Look the Same

This track is pure dope. The bass is hypnotic and the singer’s soft voice compliments it’s edginess.

Bahamas – Caught Me Thinking

It’s amazing how artists can make breakup songs sound so lighthearted and fun.

Passion Pit – Constant Conversation (St. Lucia Remix)

This track is synth heaven!


[so, this song technically came out late in 2011. that’s close enough, right?!? regardless, i’m obsessed with this track and absolutely love the video, even it if is a bit stalkerish]

… And Five Honorable Mentions:

Santigold, “Disparate Youth”

RubyGold, “Feeling Stealer”

Euphonik, “Lose Yourself” (Delaney Duvall Remix)

Mist Glider, “If Only”

Young Wonder, “To You” (Ambassador Remix)

Expect MUCH more RubyGold from me in the near future!!!

Expect MUCH more RubyGold from me in the near future!!!

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




DJ Underdog & Brotha Onaci Present: Serengeti Crossing Mixtape

I recently teamed up with DJ Underdog on a mixtape project called “Serengeti Crossing.” The mix features tracks from Liquideep, Janelle Monae, Osunlade, and remixes by DJ Underdog! The music is soulful, percussion heavy, spiritually uplifting, and dance worthy! This project foretells some of the awesome adventures We’re planning for the near future, so stay tuned!


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