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Month: September 2009

Legends of Benin

A collection of super-rare and highly-danceable masterpieces recorded between 1969-81 by four legendary composers from Benin: Antoine Dougbe, El Rego et Ses Commandos, Honore Avolonto, and Gnonnas Pedro & His Dadjes Band. A thick brew of Acbadja, Soul, Cavacha, Funk, Afrobeat, and Afro-Latin sounds, all mixed with heavy traditional rhythms – a distinctive Beninese sound!…

Damu the Fudgemunk

New vibes from Damu the Fudgemunk. The A-side features “Same Beat (Damu Vocals)” recorded at 3 am in his bedroom. The B-side features “Same Beat Freestyle (Y Society feat. Breeze Evahflowin)” recorded live at WKCR in NYC…..check the video of that performance below. Filthy. Damu the Fudgemunk – Same Beat Audio/Visual EP; Redefinition, 2009 [vimeo…

Dussehra Festival

I was reading the Bangkok Post over the weekend and in the ‘World’ section there was a brief mention of the Dussehra Festival in Allahabad, India. It mentioned something about a loudspeaker competition between the locals. That piqued my interest, so I investigated a bit more on the Web. Turns out that the festival looks…

Flooding Down South

Heavy rains, beginning on September 19th, dumped between 15 and 20 inches (38-50 cm) of rain over three days on parts of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee in the Southeastern U.S. The deluge overwhelmed natural and man made systems, and the record-breaking downpour turned streams into rivers, swamping neighborhoods, washing out roads and, unfortunately, taking at…

Brownout – Aguilas and Cobras

Brownout is the psychedelic Latin funk alter-ego of the acclaimed ensemble, Grupo Fantasma, and features the phenomenal talents of Adrian Quesada. Their debut album Homenaje was released last year and received overwhelming acclaim. Despite holding down numerous gigs last year with Grupo Fantasma, the band found time late last year to hit the studio and…

Som Rom Band x Drunken-Man Skank

Som Rom Band killin’ a sound with “Ska Variety” and “Latin Goes Ska” at Reggae Bar, Nai Harn, Phuket. Nice up di dance. [flv image=”http://www.thegoldbrick.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/somromsky.JPG”]http://www.thegoldbrick.net/video/Som%20Rom%20Band%20-%20Sky%20Variety_(new).flv[/flv] [flv image=”http://www.thegoldbrick.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/somromlatin.JPG”]http://www.thegoldbrick.net/video/Som%20Rom%20Band%20-%20Latin%20Goes%20Ska_(new).flv[/flv]

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

Filmed over the course of 23 years, The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is an astonishing tale of perseverance. The life of Laotian immigrant Thavisouk Phrasavath serves as a metaphor for the far-reaching repercussions that are still felt from America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. When his family suffered persecution, following the U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia, as…

Double Dose of Dub

Yabby You’s Dub It to the Top reissues the 1977 King Tubby-mixed LP Yabby You Meets Michael Prophet: Vocal & Dub in its entirety, together with seven B-side dubs from Yabby’s 45s of the period and a 12″ B-side featuring Tommy McCook.The dubs here feature all the Yabby You trademarks – superb horn lines, deeply-felt…

Musically Mad

Musically Mad, a film about the current generation of heavyweight, UK-based, ‘warrior style’ roots-reggae soundsystems, takes us on a journey powered by the question “What is Soundsystem?” The answer is conveyed in so much more than words. Today’s mobile soundsystems like Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti I, Iration Steppas, Channel One and Entebbe Sound, to name…

Jah Love Rockers: 1975-80

“Rockers” and “Steppers” are terms used to describe the two particularly militant strains of religious and political reggae that dominated the soundsystems of Kingston during the latter half of the 1970s, before the more decadent dancehall style took over in the early ’80s. It was a time when lyrical messages were often powerful and articulate,…

More Vibes From Deep Roots Music

Check out a few more clips from the Deep Roots Music documentary. First up is Prince Jammy wreckin’ up di mixing board and servin’ up a heavy version of Junior Reid’s “Jailhouse” with Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee overseeing the production and dropping some nice breakdancing moves. Wow! Mikey Dread provides the intro as he discusses King…