DecibelCast Vol.21 – “The Riddum Method”

Sometimes we forget about the rest of the world; we live in our own little universe of crazy American drama that we think is so important when, in reality, it’s mostly just ridiculous.  Then every few years, when huge sporting events like the World Cup or the Olympics happen, we realize we must take note of other countries.  In a great way we take in and take on other cultures and remember that we are not the only thing out there.  It’s quite the amazing, humbling and enlightening experience (even if it is for the sake of sports) and it’s a great reminder to keep our eyes open to the rest of the world.

DecibelCast 21 keeps this worldly theme throughout although it is mostly focused on African music. Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent, and African music has influenced about every kind of music we have today, so it’s really deserving of homage. This mix takes a journey through this rich influence by blending traditional songs from artists like Fela Kuti, with popular modern-day mutations of African and world music by the likes of tUnE yArDs and ?uestlove and Major Lazer.  It was originally inspired by thinking of drum- and rhythm-heavy music (the name came before the mix), but then it morphed into this summertime dance party that goes really great with hot weather and, as it turns out, international soccer.

Get the album and tracklist below:

Download: dB-21 “The Riddum Method”

Fela Kuti & The Africa 70 – Let’s Start

Mos Dub – Summertime Running

Tani Diakite & The Afrofunkstars – Nungulunba

Jay-Z feat. Fela Kuti – American Dreamin (Nigerian Gangster Remix)

BK-One – Tema Do Canibal

Hot Chip – Atomic Bomb (William Onyeabor Cover)

Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Kwendini

Major Lazer – Sound Bang (feat. Machel Montano)

Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – Kazet

The Very Best – Kondaine (feat Seye)

Noumoucounda Cissoko – Noumou Koradioulou

Paul Simon – I Know What I Know

tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo & Akua Naru – Lady

K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Gyae Mensu

Amadou & Mariam – Dougou Badia (feat. Santigold)

Oumou Sangare – Iyo Djeli

Dilon Djindji – Sofala



tUnE-yArDs & ?uestlove cover Fela Kuti’s “Lady”

Well, summer is officially here, and the warm weather jams are rolling in right on schedule. This rendition of  Fela Kuti‘s “Lady, performed by tUnE-yArDs,  Angelique Kidjo, Akua Naru and Roots‘  drummer ?uestlove, is straight fire. It’s the first single from  (RED) Hot + FELA, the sequel to 2002’s tribute to the Afrobeat don Red Hot + Riot. Here’s hoping for further collabs from these two, or better yet a summer tour!

You can grab it now on iTunes.

Fela Soul

Mashups may be a dime a dozen these days, but there’s still a massive gulf between what’s worth your bandwidth/time and what’s not. With an idea, a laptop and a few hours to bang out some tracks and upload them to Soundcloud or Bandcamp, anyone can make a mashup. But then there are the kinds of remixes that make us re-examine the work of our favorite artists, and fall in love all over again — I’m talking about the Bobb Deep‘s, the Go Dummy‘s, and the Enter the Magical Mystery Chamber‘s.

Fela Soul, the handiwork of up and coming hip-hop producer and trumpet player Amerigo Gazaway definitely belongs in the latter category. Pairing OG rap crew De La Soul with Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, he and the good folks over at Gummy Soul have hooked up what is certain to be a future classic in the quasi genre of mashup — as well executed as it is conceptually clever.