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THE MANHATTAN BROTHERS – BABY NTSOARE

‘In the years following World War II, the Manhattan Brothers were about as successful as black men in South Africa could be. The close-harmony vocal group, modeled after America’s Mills Brothers, had a string of hits and toured regularly but still were subject to the restrictions and oppression of South Africa’s institutionalized racism. Household names among blacks, they were little known among whites and struggled financially. Eventually, like Miriam Makeba, who sang with them for years, they chose exile abroad. Despite their troubled story, their message still delivers the fun they brought their audiences 50 years ago with music that touches on swing, doo-wop and even gospel. Their short tunes, sung in English or Zulu, are finger-snapping good, whether originals or remakes such as “Patience and Fortitude,” made popular by the Andrew Sisters.’

Here’s another flavour of their sound if ya still hungry.

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Terry Wogan is so fucking down.

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JAY $TAY PAID
IN STORES JUNE 2, 2009 ON NATURE SOUNDS
MIXED AND ARRANGED BY PETE ROCK

Tracklist:
01 KJay FM Dedication
02 King
03 I Told Yall
04 Lazer Gunne Funke
05 In the Night (Owl N Out) – While You Slept (I Crept)
06 Smoke [feat. Blu]
07 Blood Sport [feat. Lil Fame]
08 caDILLAc
09 Expensive Whip
10 Kaklow (Jump On It)
11 Digi Dirt [feat. Phat Kat]
12 Dilla Bot Vs. the Hybrid [feat. Danny Brown & Constantine]
13 Milk Money
14 Spacecowboy Vs. Bobble Head
15 Reality Check [feat. Black Thought]
16 On Stilts
17 Fire Wood Drumstix [feat. DOOM]
18 Glamour Sho75 (09)
19 10,000 Watts
20 9th Caller
21 Make It Fast (Unadulterated Mix) [feat. Diz Gibran]
22 24K Rap [feat. Havoc & Raekwon]
23 Big City
24 Pay Day [feat. Frank Nitty]
25 See That Boy Fly [feat. Illa J & Cue D]
26 Coming Back
27 Mythsysizer
28 KJay and We Out

PRESS RELEASE:

NEW ALBUM FROM THE LATE HIP-HOP LEGEND J DILLA COMING THIS SUMMER!
April 15th, 2009

Executive produced by Dilla’s mother, Ms. Yancey AKA “Madukes” on Nature Sounds June 2nd 2009!!

By now most everyone is familiar with the story of musical legend J Dilla. The quiet, prolific producer collaborated with everyone from Eryka Badu to Common to Janet Jackson to Prince. Dilla was just beginning to capitalize on his cult status when he sadly passed at age 32 due to Lupus-related complications. Jay Stay Paid is a 25 track collection of unreleased Dilla beats mixed and arranged by Pete Rock. While mostly instrumental, “J$P” also offers a few guests vocals from artists that Dilla worked with or admired including Black Thought of The Roots, MF DOOM, Havoc of Mobb Deep, Blu, Pacific Division, M.O.P. , and more

Curtailing any notion of jumping on some sort of Dilla bangwagon, Jay Stay Paid was executive produced by Dilla’s mother Maureen Yancey (aka Ma Dukes) along with the musical supervision of Dilla’s only real musical idol, Pete Rock. “It wasn’t rushed and it wasn’t haphazard,” explains Ms Yancey. “This album combines what he did in the beginning of his career, what he did in some of our early hospital stays, which was very deep, and some stuff pulled from old floppy disks & DATs. Its mind blowing…this is like the missing links to Dilla’s legacy.”

The format of the album plays like a radio show with Pete Rock as the program director. With regards to Pete’s involvement, Ms. Yancey gets very excited, “Dilla wanted to pattern himself behind Pete. His dream was to become as close as possible to what Pete stood for. Pete meant everything to him. Dilla would have just been flabbergasted! ” Pete’s sentiments were the same toward Dilla, “Dude was amazing. He just kinda came outta nowhere and the more you heard his beats the better they got. He may not be here with us, but it’s all good we’re going to keep his music alive and well.”

In the late 80s, Dilla founded the seminal rap group Slum Village and put Detroit hip-hop on the map, while the 90’s saw him playing a major role in the production team The Ummah with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad doing extensive work on Tribe Called Quest’s last two albums.

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From the shamanic predictions of the andes to the realities of the tibetan plateau to the climate camp in part of the financial district of London and even all the way to Walt Disney Studios we are experiencing a flux back towards the pulse of the planet.

Hopefully we begin to realise that our limitations should be recognised and that all the progress we’ve made so far has focused on the development of our species at the expense of so many others. Does it come from a fatalistic, darwinistic view that says only the most violent have survived and so even if we have recognised this tendency we will do nothing to stop it because of the implications it has for our future? Does it have something to do with not realising that the most complex system of communication that exists is that which gives life? Does it come from an ignorance of the animal kingdom’s capacities and the consumer choices we make that negatively effect habitats? I mean does it look like this photo was taken at 1 in the morning in the forests of Schneidhain?

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Im sure if they had some sort of voice there would be a bunch of beings that would immediatly understand that the light of the sun gets reflected and thus creates a similar presence our eyes would never capture. And what about all those branches that grow in from our neighbour’s yards? There are no fences to them but just a sincere need to grow with a message that we all have to co-operate while we look for our bit in the sun and under the rain. So to further emphasize the limitations to all that we know and our capacity to understand  and celebrate our simplicity another version of the song posted by the mang sativo (full screen dat!)

so in the end all I really want to say is…

Happy Earth Day!

butterfly

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BTG APRIL09

BTG 24.04.09

This is coming along nicely, i’m really looking forward to friday. Have to give mad props to Roscoe for doing such a great job on the poster. Went all out and printed 50 of these, which we’ll be numbering, on 200 gm uncoated stock and they turned out wicked. Going to get 20 of them distributed around select shops and see how long they last before they get covered up and/or snatched up. The rest will be handed out on the night to anyone that wants one.. Tuesday we’re getting together to make some badges to give out on the night, woopwoop!

Special guest on this occasion is Sam Webster, who has a beat on the new grandmaster flash album with qtip rhyming on it. I still haven’t met sam but I hear he’s really low key – he didn’t tell any of his friends about his beat ending up on that album.. as I recall indecision posted it as soon as he found out a few months ago.

If you know anyone in london that doesn’t know about this party, pass the info on. All about building community!

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Saw one of the best gig my life last night at Cargo. These guys are so great.

Hadn’t seen this video before and its also really amazing. All illustrations done by Geoff McFetridge, one of my favourite contemporary artists.

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culture wars

Came across these gems while doing research for my dissertation…

Condom ad from Germany:

Osama

adolf

mao

And a pro-life ad from the US, naturally:

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