We are teaming up with The British Council and Powerhouse to broadcast from the Russian capital on 15th June. We will be combining some of the most exciting emerging music from the Moscow underground with our own British talent for a weekend of exchange. Complemented by an array of Russian-focused programming throughout the week, our…
We are teaming up with The British Council and Powerhouse to broadcast from the Russian capital on 15th June. We will be combining some of the most exciting emerging music from the Moscow underground with our own British talent for a weekend of exchange.
Complemented by an array of Russian-focused programming throughout the week, our day event on 15th June will take the form of an extended radio show with live performances and sets Hipushit, Lapti, Skinny Pelembe, Riddim Research, Global Roots, Elsa Hewitt, Emma-Jean Thackray and Lay-far. Our night event will lean toward the club, and feature the talents of Raumskaya, Gilles Peterson, Locked Club, HESPERMEN, Tash LC, Karolina Bnv, Marauder Disco, Algorythmik, Nastya Mikhailova, GuyDee, MXXIM and Saburov.
We have broadcasts direct from some of the finest figures of the Russian underground, each are pushing the boundaries of the scene. We have shows from Gost Zvuk, Lo-Fi Opposition and Raw Russian, DIG, Maria Teriaeva, Locked Club, Spasibo Records and Inturist.
This week we are exploring themes around Free Movement. As a station committed to sharing music and culture from around the world, it feels more relevant than ever to dig into the values and challenges of international exchange at a time when we are hearing more stories every day about displacement, mistreatment and immigration issues….
This week we are exploring themes around Free Movement. As a station committed to sharing music and culture from around the world, it feels more relevant than ever to dig into the values and challenges of international exchange at a time when we are hearing more stories every day about displacement, mistreatment and immigration issues. We want to champion the incredible migrant tales from across the globe that make our societies diverse, open and meaningful. To this end, you can listen to contributions from Erica McKoy, Klaus, Femi Koleoso, Danny Fitzgerald, Anthony Joseph, George Padmore Institute, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Sleep Pod, Madrush MC and more.
Morning Mari* Album of the Week 28-31 May
Skinny Pelembe – Dreaming Is Dead Now [Brownswood Recordings] Morning Mari*‘s album of the week for 28-31 May is Skinny Pelembe‘s ‘Dreaming is Dead Now’ out on Brownswood Recordings on the 24th of May. On “Dreaming Is Dead Now”, multi-talented wonder Skinny Pelembe meditates on grief, heartache, stunted aspirations and fresh possibilities in post-recession Britain. A…
Skinny Pelembe – Dreaming Is Dead Now [Brownswood Recordings]
On “Dreaming Is Dead Now”, multi-talented wonder Skinny Pelembe meditates on grief, heartache, stunted aspirations and fresh possibilities in post-recession Britain. A patchwork of personal and musical touchstones, the Johannesburg-born, Doncaster-raised artist weaves together memories and observations, sun-dazzled California folk diced with the murkier corners of the UK dance lineage. It’s an exaltation of flawed, multi-faceted Britain, its imperfections and contradictions held up to be seen and celebrated.
Since releasing his debut single in 2017, Skinny has been tipped by The Observer, The Quietus and Huck. Singles “I Just Wanna Be Your Prisoner” and “Spit / Swallow” were both picked for BBC 6 Music’s A-List. He’s guested with Lauren Laverne, Mary Ann Hobbes and Tom Ravenscroft on 6 Music, with Jamz Supernova on BBC 1xtra, and recorded live sessions for The Vinyl Factory and Worldwide FM. He sold out a headline UK tour last year, was booked for 6 Music’s 2018 showcase at The Great Escape, and has supported Nightmares on Wax and Maribou State.
His music has spurred new connections and garnered him attention from artists he’s long admired, such as legendary producer and label boss James Lavelle (Mo’Wax), who tapped him up earlier this year to open for UNKLE at Royal Festival Hall. The album is co-produced by Malcolm Catto (The Heliocentrics), and the producer’s connection to the LA hip-hop world saw Skinny’s musical hero and iconic beatmaker Madlib drop by the studio during sessions for the record, while on the single “Dreaming Is Dead Now”, Skinny worked with a duo of foundational drum & bass producers – working under the covert alias of The Bleeding Edge – who he’s long looked up to. “When you have all these people that you hold in such high regard wanting to talk to you,” he says, “you’re kind of like, ‘Yeah, maybe I can add something to the conversation.”
Tracks mark key points during that period: ‘Laxmi Flying’, its title a nod to his niece, was penned the day she was born; ‘Blood Relations’ the year his father passed away; and ‘No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish’ the day he moved to London. Many of his lyrics are directly drawn from a nightly dream journal, where he notes down his dreams as they happened, transplanting them into new contexts in his songs. Skinny says. “It’s just that thing of not biting: you can’t bite, you can’t copy anyone else’s style, it’s my only rule.”
“Dreaming Is Dead Now” is a rare kind of debut record – the kind where the messy, in-between musical spaces are given space to shine, where hitherto untapped tangents are unfurled to see what might be found inside.
Gonna Buy A Car Today
No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish (Extended Mix)
Dreaming Is Dead Now
Without A Doubtful Shadow
My Love Is Burning, Down
Ten Four, Good Friend
I’ll Be On Your Mind
GALA Festival Set Times Announced
This weekend we descend on Peckham Rye Park for a sold out GALA Festival 2019. We have our own stage and are looking forward to an amazing lineup of selectors and live acts through the day and evening. Worldwide FM Stage: Hosted by Global Roots & Tash LC: 11.30 – 14.00 Winds…
This weekend we descend on Peckham Rye Park for a sold out GALA Festival 2019. We have our own stage and are looking forward to an amazing lineup of selectors and live acts through the day and evening.
Worldwide FM Stage: Hosted by Global Roots & Tash LC:
11.30 – 14.00 Winds & Skins
14.00 – 15.00 Emma – Jean Thackray Live
15.30 – 16.30 Skinny Pelembe live
17.00 – 18.00 Tenderlonious live
18.30 – 19.30 Auntie Flo live
19.30 – 22.00 Mr. Scruff & MC Kwasi
This weekend we will be broadcasting from Madrid from La Casa Encendida for Sonidos Binarios – a seminal Spanish music and radio event in the capital. Global Roots will present from 8pm CET (7pm BST). In the lead up to this throughout the week, we have programmes a special week of Spanish Joints, with shows…
This weekend we will be broadcasting from Madrid from La Casa Encendida for Sonidos Binarios – a seminal Spanish music and radio event in the capital. Global Roots will present from 8pm CET (7pm BST). In the lead up to this throughout the week, we have programmes a special week of Spanish Joints, with shows from the likes of talents of Kiko Navarro, beGun, Casbah 73, Borja Torres and more peppered throughout the schedule.
Morning Mari* Album of the Week 20-24 May
FRANCK BIYONG – AFRO GALACTIC SPACEWAY [AFROLECTRIC MUSIC PRODUCTIONS] Morning Mari*‘s album of the week is Franck Biyong’s “Afro Galactic Spaceway: An African Cosmic Jazz Tribute to SUN RA“, released on Afrolectric Music Productions on the 10th of May. In March 2016, during the first edition of the Re-Imagined Storytelling festival held in Nairobi, Positively…
FRANCK BIYONG – AFRO GALACTIC SPACEWAY [AFROLECTRIC MUSIC PRODUCTIONS]
In March 2016, during the first edition of the Re-Imagined Storytelling festival held in Nairobi, Positively African (PA) launched an online contest inviting African writers on the continent and in the Diaspora to write an African folktale for the 21st Century. Out of nearly 100 entries, twelve were selected and scheduled for publishing by Pavaipo (East and Southern Africa) and Ouida Books (West Africa) in an anthology called Story, Story! Story Come! in December 2018. Alongside the anthology, Positively African also planned to release audio book versions of the stories, with original music. However, the
age-old tradition of oral storytelling is on the decline. Rapid urbanization, the breakdown of the extended family, technology and so on has altered our social fabric. Whilst our daily lives are still peppered with snippets of remembered words of wisdom and proverbs, the reality is that a new generation of Africans has never had the pleasure of listening to a story being told by a storyteller.
Story, Story! Story Come! was a contribution to larger efforts to revive storytelling in Africa and beyond. The challenge was to develop new narratives that speak to issues that are fundamental to Africa’s development in a way that is unconventional but true to our past traditions of folktale and oral storytelling.
There was also a growing consciousness to want to know more beyond the fantastical, aesthetically appealing representation of Africa in fabric and art, beyond the stereotypical entertaining display of African culture through music, drum circles and dance displays. This is where the art of authentic oral theatrical African storytelling comes in, where moods are illustrated sonically and dramatically to drive home the message. With this idea in mind, Positively African decided to get in touch with musician Franck Biyong, one of this generation’s true innovator in musical interpretation (who credits Cameroonian virtuoso guitarist and master composer Francis Bebey as the main inspiration that set him down his musical path as a pre-teen, and also cites Fela Sowande, King Crimson, Pierre Akendengue, Frank Zappa and the Art Ensemble of Chicago as major influences on his artistry) to write original music for each story of the planned audio books.
Receiving musical instruction and training at the National Institute of Arts in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Biyong scorched a brilliant path with his works and became a reporter of a modern day African identity’s aspirations and ambitions. Franck translated these experiences into 15 diverse and challenging albums ranging from orchestral afro sound to black jazz pastoral pieces, afropop, electronica, rock, Afro house and psychedelics and went even further into musical experimentation while completing this very unusual project: “ For once, it wasn’t just about writing music to fit with words, melodies or the other way around…the stories were recorded first and I then had to work more like a sound designer or painter trying to illustrate each particular nuance or evolution within the stories…and it wound up being way more challenging and mind boggling than I thought it would be..”
Ultimately, while working on the project, Biyong gradually tapped into his own musical influences and piece by piece began designing the music pieces as a tribute to legendary Space Jazz innovative composer and band leader SUN RA, now widely acknowledged as the pioneer of Afro Futurism and creating a new synthesis that used space-themed philosophy to reflect African-American people’s linkage of ancient African culture, specifically Egypt, and the cutting edge of the Space Age.
“I think there is something quite specific about “African Music” in general: There are as many different forms of music in Africa as there are many different countries, people or “tribes” who speak different languages, have different cultural values and different history and lineage even though they also may have a lot in common. Each of these groups has different ways of rejoicing, celebrating, praying or healing through the power of music, dance or chants. Therefore you can literally say that “African music” doesn’t exist as such but that we should rather speaks of the “numerous and various musical expressions coming from the multiple ethnic groups of the African continent” which sounds a bit long and complex but which is much more appropriate if one has to consider these issues seriously”. Biyong also reflected on the role of the griot in traditional West African African society for inspiration: “We seek to describe the nature of our local, social, private identities from our own environment and native cultures, to the ancestral traditions that leave many of us amazed today.
Africa, which is believed to be home to the early man, has a rich tradition which dates millions of years back and is in most cases passed orally from one generation to the other”. The Griot is a member of an aristocratic family among the peoples of Africa whose function is to keep alive the oral history of a tribe, a village, a lineage or ethnic group; a masterful travelling storyteller who educates and entertains with tales, historical narratives, dances and recitals.
On this conceptual recording, Biyong and his musicians really intended to tell the story of culture through music; He explored the dimension that lies beyond rhythms or chants through the eyes, ears and wisdom of a futuristic Griot portraying fictional characters and modern African heroes leading the pace and narration through modernized tales. These sonics from the ancient continental past aim at addressing the complexities of African oral tradition, repositioning African folkloric music as a futuristic artistic medium and inspiring epic stories of self assertion, quest of knowledge and cultural preservation.
1. Water Strings
2. Ivory Dreams
3. Antique Electronics
4. Voodoo Pulses
GRANDMASTER MASESE: Bass, Tenor & Alto Obokano, Percussion, Mbira, Kayamba
EDWARD ODHIAMBO OKUTO a.k.a “ODADA”: Orutu, Percussion, Shakers, Vocals
WILLIAM RAMA: Congas, Djembe, Tumbas, Woodblocks, Cowbells
AJOSE ADEWALE BABATUNDE: Rhythm Talking Drum, Congas, Cowbells, Shakers
OLASUNKANMI OYENIYI: Lead Talking Drum, Congas, Woodblocks
MOSES NJOROGE: Multiple Keyboards, Synthesizers, Piano, Organ, Accordion, Litungu
DEBE DEBE (Obuya Owino & Daniel Muhini) : Ngoma Drums, Congas, Djembe, Kayamba RILDHA ESSO: Nkul (Tambour d’Appel), Bongos, Congas
ASAPH UZELE: Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
ZACHARIE ABRAHAM: Double Bass
NICOLAS BAUDINO: Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
MARC-BORLET-HOTTE: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
JON DACUNA: Baritone Saxophone
EMMANUEL YAKOBO OBEDO: Drums, Percussion
FELISTER NGUNJIRI: Vocals, Handclaps
LYDIA OGOTI; Vocals, Handclaps
CHRISTINE KAMAU: Trumpet
NOAH SAHA: Alto & Tenor Sax
TIM RIUNGU: Soprano Sax & Flute
FRANCK BIYONG: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Bass, Percussion, Field recordings, Loops, Samples, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Drum Programming, Piano, Melodica, Balafon, Vibes, Tape Effects
Produced, Arranged Conceived by FB
Executive Producer: Maimouna Jallow for Positively African (http://www.reimaginedstories.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PositivelyAfrican/) Recorded by: David Sanna, Maxwell Ochieng, FB
Recorded @ Ndokoti Studios (Douala, Cameroon),
Afrolectric Mobile (Yaounde, Cameroon), HBS Studios
(Paris, France), Dynamix Studios (Nairobi, Kenya)
Mixed & Mastered by Wanyoike Kimani & FB
@ Square Down Studios (Nairobi, Kenya)