‘Palm Wine Beats’ – Lo-Fi Odysseys

lo-fi odysseys2Palm Wine Beats is a ingenious series by UK-based DJ/ sound engineer Lo-Fi Odysseys alias Daniel Oduntan, which takes you to Nigeria’s past. If you want to get an introduction into Nigeria’s political/ social/ musical history, stop reading that history book and take an audio tour via the Palm Wine Beats. What Lo-Fi Odysseys offers to us here is nothing less than an excellent attempt to mash Nigeria’s political challenges, its cuisine, the humour of the people and outer- and intro-perspectives of this great country. Besides tunes of Nigeria’s rich music culture, you hear snippets of interviews and parts of documentaries.

In an e-mail to Okayafrica, Daniel Oduntan explained the motivation behind the creative Series: “[I] Just wanted to crate dig my heritage like a hip-hop DJ would dig for jazz and soul samples and present it in a way that others could access, relate to and find fun… Palm Wine BEATS is my tiny attempt, a small scratch an introduction. VOL 1 touches on the popular vintage sounds of Nigeria, it’s people, humour and problems that mirror todays. VOL 2 looks at the formation of Nigeria by the British, The Biafra War, Nigeria’s early relations with America, and the many problems and painful memory’s that have arose from this time.”

Download the two volumes for free here: Volume 1 & Volume 2.

Playlist – Volume 1:

1. Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey – Baba Loran Mi Wa [lo-fi odysseys re-touch]
2. Femi Temowo – Back To My Guitar Roots TED Talk
3. Harry Whitaker – Together
4. Roy Ayes – Black Family [lo-fi odysseys re-touch] + C.A.C.E TV
5. Seyi Law – Native Tongue + Jay-U Experience – Some More ‘Enough Is Enough’
6. Soki Ohale’s Uzzi – Bisi’s Beat ‘Chicken Fled’
7. Fela – Music Is The Weapon {blend} Minnie Riperton – Minnie’s Lament
8. Music Is The Weapon Documentary [Jean-Jacques Flori, Stephane Tchalgadjieff]
9. Sir Shina Peters – Omo Mbo aka Shinamania Part 2 ‘Shinamania’
10. Juju Music Documentary [Jacques Holender] + I.K. Dairo & His Blue Spots Band jam clip
11. Sunny Ade & His African Beats – Ibanuje Mo Niwon ‘Sunny Ade & His African Beats 1973 – Vol 9’

Playlist – Volume 2:

1. Fela Kuti interview – Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense documentary by Dennis Marks
2. Roy Ayes – Africa, Center Of The World ‘Africa, Center Of The World’
3. The Lijadu Sisters – Orere-Elejigbo ‘Horizon Unlimited’
4. BattaBox.com – Should Nigeria Divide? {blend} Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey – Ambition [lo-fi odysseys retouch]
5. Fela – Music Is The Weapon Documentary {blend} Sylvia St. James – Ghetto Lament
6. William Onyeabor – Better Change Your Mind ‘Atomic Bomb’
7. A-dots Apprentice : You Remaining Goats clip
8. Emperor Pick Peters and His Seidormatic System – Yewa Lati Owuro ‘Omo Ode De’
9. Genocide in Biafra 1967-1970 [Sliver Productions France]
10. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Official Visit to USA July 1961 [U.S.I.S United States Information Service]
11. Biafra (A) – Film footage 902178 Life and activity in the Republic of Biafra
12. The Apostles – Ndi Nkwa ‘Black Is Beautiful’
13. Blackman Akeeb Kareem – Sad Memory ‘Tomorrow’
14. LO-FI ODYSSEYS – Untitled Beat {blend} Jide Olanrewaju – Politics of the first Nigerian coup
15. The Funkees – Slipping Into Darkness [lo-fi odysseys retouch] {blend} Rudolf Okonkwo and Nnamdi Kanu interview [Sahara TV]
16. Lenny White & Don Blackman – Nocturne {blend} Yomi ‘GREEdS’ Sode – What It Means [poem]
17. Akintayo Adetokunbo – Nigerian Women {blend} Anita Baker – Sweet Love + The Apostles – My Sweet Girl [lo-fi odysseys re-touch]
18. Ben The Beautiful : stuff african parents say
19. Rufus Adeagbo – Nigerian Leaders
20. BattaBox.com – The Nigerian Dancing Barber Shop in London
21. The Elcados – Chokoi & Oreje ‘This World is Full of Injustice’
22. The Lijadu Sisters – Come On Home {blend} Nigeria Pop Idol – Fela audition
23. Fela – Music Is The Weapon Documentary
24. Alhaja Queen Salawa Abeni and her Waka Moderniser – Gentle Lady [lo-fi odysseys re-touch]
25. PBS News Hour/Channel 4 News – Has Nigeria abandoned #BringBackOurGirls?

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‘Malkia’ – Kwame

malkiaKenyan producer Waithaka recently produced the great Afrosoul track ‘Malkia‘, performed by Gospel artist Kwame (‘Rugendo‘). The sweet tune is getting more and more attention in the blogsphere since it seems to suit many ears and souls. Enjoy the joyous melody and Swahili/Sheng lyrics.

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‘Susan’ – The Soil (Feat. Khuli Chana)

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Susan the soil2The South African trio The Soil (‘Iinkomo Beatbox Remix‘, ‘Baninzi‘) released their very successufl sophomore albumNostalgic Moments‘ last year. While their debut album ‘The Soil‘ brought them to the limelight and to many shows outside their  country, they will definitely be able to reach even more people with their instintive souful accapella music.

Watch below the video for the track ‘Susan‘, in which a guy dreams about winning the heart of a very particular girl. The song features South African Hip Hop artist Khuli Chana (‘Mnatebawen‘).

  The Soil  *-*  ‘Susan‘ (Feat. Khuli Chana)


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‘Amaqhawekazi’ – Samora, Ceaz The Rapper, GOT

samoraCape Townian rappers Samora, Ceaz The Rapper & GOT dedicated the track ‘Amaqhawekazi‘ to all women and girls that struggle and hustle for a better life. The tune shines through the soulful chorus and skillful raps.

The track was aired on Cape Town’s popular Hip Hop show Headwarmaz.

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‘Ginger Me Slowly’ (Video) – Somi

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ginger me slowly video4Rising jazz star Somi (‘Last Song‘, ‘Enganjyani‘) has just dropped a b&w video for her track ‘Ginger Me Slowly’, taken from her excellent album ‘The Lagos Music Salon‘. Her love for the Nigerian metropolis Lagos and especially the slang Lagosians speak (popularly known as Pidgin), inspired her to record the track ‘Ginger Me Slowly‘: “I was inspired by the Lagos slang expression “to ginger someone” meaning to spice someone up and make them feel good.”

You can download the track ‘Ginger Me‘ via itunes. Watch below the video as well as a live version of the track, which she recorded for Ndani TV.

  Somi  *-*  ‘Ginger Me Slowly

  Somi  *-*  ‘Ginger Me Slowly‘ (Live)

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