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WW Berlin: Alex Barck with Habibi Funk

First broadcast date: 8 January 2019

Fortnightly show from Alex Barck in Berlin, exploring the city’s vibrant music scene and nightlife, featuring exiled and original Berliners bringing live mixes and interviews.

Alex will be joined by 70s and 80s Arabic Funk, Jazz and other organic sound DJ and label, Habibi Funk. 

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Habibi Funk

Jannis Stürtz of Jakarta Records got to travel a lot in north Africa in the last years thru touring with Blitz The Ambassador and a studio session with Oddisee and Olof Dreijer of The Knife for the “Sawtuha” project in Tunisia. While being there he did some record digging and found some incredible music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Since then he went to Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, UAE and Egypt searching for records. It’s incredible to see how the music of those days seem to be the opposite of the the very stereotypical idea of the “the Arab world” mainstream media portrays way too often. Some of the music has zero info on the net, was never sold on ebay and has been largely forgotten about, while others are somewhat classics in the field of arabic groove. Up to date Jannis has done 8 mixes of said music, that have been prominently featured by sites such as Radio Nova, Neon Magazine, The Guardian, okayplayer.com, yourmiddleeast, konbini.fr, clique.tv, Wax Poetics, Jeune Afrique, TelQuel, ARTE tracks, and many more. He played his first Boiler Room in Beirut in the summer of 2017.

After the huge success of the mixes Jakarta Records decided it was time to re-release some of the music that was included in the mix. This marked the starting point for Habibi Funk Records. So far Habibi Funk has licensed and reissued eight releases with many more to come. For his energetic DJ live sets Jannis plays a unique blend of rare and funky vinyl from Sudan, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and the european arabic diaspora. He has played DJ gigs in Cairo, Cassablanca, Beirut, Amman, Tunis, Dubai, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin and many more place in the last year.

Tracklist

Gerald Wilson – Algerian Fantasy (Audio Lab,1959)

Manu Dibango – Image de famile (Fiesta, 1978)

Ziad Rahbani – Gin Gele

Mazouni – La Madrague (Oasis disques)

Mazouni – Ecouté moi camarade (DDA)

K.R.Nagati – De L’orient a Orion (En’nagham)

Noujoum Dijour – L’Jara (Koutoubiaphone)

Abdel Al Khamissi – Hind (Sono Cairo)

Kamal Kela – Al Asafir (Habibi Funk)

Saif Abu Bakr & The Scorpions – Saat Alfarah (Habibi Funk)

Sal Davis – Sultan Qaboos Song (Sal Davis Production)

Mallek Mohamed – Rouhi Ya Hafida (Habibi Funk)

Al Massrien – Sah (Habibi Funk)

Faraji – ?

Cheb Hasni – Makan Lah Tenedemi

Simone – Merci (Americana)

Shams Dinn – Hedi Bled Noum (Hamedi, 1987)

White Birds – ? (Lybia)

Kokoroko – Abusey Junction (Brownswood Recordings)

Kokoroko – Uman (Brownwood Recordings)

Dislocation Dance – Vendetta (Rough Trade, 1983)

Modeselekor – Wealth (Monkeytown Records)

Andres – Cafe con leche (NDATL Muzik)

Ca$h – Raff Dich Auf (Boogie On The Mainline)

South Bronx – The Bottom Line (Rissa Chrissa)

Paul Bailey Sound – Take A Walk In the Moonlight (Z Records)

B.B. Seaton – Dancing In The Moonlight (Studio One)

 

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