The “manicero” rhythm is probably one of the most prolific rhythms in all of popularmusic. from Cuba to the congo, west africa to the US, it has been redone, replayed, and re-imagined countless times. As a humble tribute to this massive medley, we decided to boast up the bass on the Alegre All-Stars’ 1976 descarga verison featuring salsa heavyweights - Charlie Palmieri & Johnny Pacheco. Enjoy!
If you’ve ever seen freshislife perform before - either alone or with his band Afrolicious - you know that his energy is second to none. He’s like a afrobeat punk rocker, inciting his audiences with pure adrenaline from up on stage, all the while accenting the music perfectly with his unique reggae-tinged vocal stylings. A great combination, if we may say.
Get to know him better in this UMOJA 2014 artist profile!
Here is our first UMOJA African Festival artist profile video! Watch it and get familiar with the amazing Naima Shalhoub.
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I wanted to share a small tribute mix to Ghana’s fallen hiplife soldier - Castro the Destroyer - who reportedly drown on July 6th while on a boat trip in the Volta Region.
Unlike some of his other contemporaries, Castro managed to remain consistent throughout his 11+ year career, often straddling between hiplife, Azonto, and hip hop all while producing hit after hit.
Even as Ghana’s musical trends changed, his love for Ghana’s heritage remained part of his repretoire, and is evident in his early songs like “Toffee,” and “Sradenam.” His unmistakable falsetto voice was reminiscent of his highlife forefathers, and added an endearing and long-lasting quality to his music.
In 2009, while I was living in Accra, Castro had his breakout hit - “African Girls” - featuring the recently denied blackstar footballer, Asamoah Gyah. The song not became the soundtrack to Ghana’s summer, but it reached audiences far outside of its borders - ushering in attention on the rising Ghanaian hiplife scene the was evolving into Azonto.
This mix is not comprehensive by any means, but rather a small collection of some of my favorite songs by - and featuring - Castro. I hope you enjoy as we send our love to this mighty musical talent. Rest in Power, champion.
Dome Na Mendowo
Ohemaa - Wutah Kobby (feat. Castro)
Olofofo (feat. Godwin Dash)
African girls (feat Asamoah Gyan)
Meko Me Shody - Batman aka Samini(Feat. Castro)
She Dey do Me
Do The Dance feat. Asamoah Gyan
Wu Nti ft Bisa Kdei
Ayooo - Cash Unit (feat. Castro & Screwface)
IT’S OFFICIAL!!! We are back with our second annual UMOJA African Festival + Soccer Tournament in Oakland, California SATURDAY AUGUST, 16th
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The follow-up to our Reggae Nice Again mix: Brand new collection of dub-influenced reggae revival featuring Kakbaka Pyramid, Addis Pablo Chronixx, Jah 9, as well as new music fro reggae legends Linval Thompson, Big Youth, Johnny Osbourne, Third World & Capleton… etc.