Digging 4 Gold

HI Juan - I see you're a fan of De Frank. I'd only been aware of 5 records he put out until I saw your 'Baby Don't Play Me Wayo' post. Wondered if you ever get any De Frank stock in that you'd consider selling. I've been lucky enough to acquire Psychedelic Man but so far that's it. Thanks.

Hello there,

As you already know, his records are definitely hard to come by.  However, I will definitely keep you in mind if they come in. 

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Juan G - Sound Of Africa Vol. 5 (Fall 2014)

Brand New:

FUNKY HIGHLIFE 45s for sale on EBay

Brand new spot. Brand new weekly! Join Oct. 10th for the grand opening of AU Lounge (2430 broadway across from Mua) as we launch Mondial Afrique with residents: Oakland legend dj Fuze, Juan G , Mpenzi & dj Claude. African/caribbean goodness #oakland #aulounge #skelewu #firstfridays #suruclothing #umojafestival #african

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Juan G - Afro Mundial: Worldwide Africa Mix

A mix of african rhythms & bass from the diaspora and beyond featuring champeta, semba, highlife, african re-edits/remixes, Malian desert club music…etc.

Worldwide Africa: Afro Mundial mix

a mix of african rhythms & bass from the diaspora and beyond featuring champeta, semba, highlife, african re-edits/remixes, Malian desert club music…etc.

We’re coming Home: Pat Thomas’ Stage Two - an afro-funk Masterpiece!

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Nana Amoo-Mensah I aka Pat Thomas is a national treasure in Ghana, affectionally referred to as “Mr. Golden Voice,” but his success early on, much like the success of many other funky Ghanaian vocalists, was in large part due to his working, and personal, relationship with the legendary Ebo Taylor.

During the late 1970s & early 80s, these two were THE Ghanaian musical dynamic duo.  They recorded several full length albums together, including “Namba” under a group called Super Sounds for Abotar Records, and a self-titled funky calypso LP for Pan African Records, among others. Each release was an affirmation of their love for funk as well as their willingness to diverge from the status quo of popular ghanaian highlife.  

They first started working together when Pat moved to Accra and joined the Blue Monks, the house band for the Tip Toe night club (led by Ebo Taylor). When it was time for Ebo to record his first solo album, the seminal My Love and Music LP, he recruited Pat to voice the afro-funk gem “Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara.” 

As Pat’s popularity grew, he developed into a magnificent band leader in his own right - he spearheaded the  funky/reggae-tinged Sweat Beans band, he released a couple of solo disco projects, and even had a hand in introducing Marijata to the world. But none of these projects seemed to stand in comparison to his amazing solo album,”Stage Two,” which we proudly introduce to you today.

The album comes swingin’ right out the gate with a monster number, “Let’s Think it Over.” The song features a a heavy set of drums and Pat crooning to a love in jeopardy. After a reggae infused second song, we are treated to one of the biggest afro-funk songs to come out of Ghana. “We’re Coming Home” is by far the epitome of african b-boy anthem - up-rocking drums, a funky bass line, and lyrics that straddle between a sense of melancholy and frantic urgency.  For me, this is the quintessential Pat Thomas song.

There are a few more signature African reggae tunes, and equally good funky song, “Sweet Gloria,” to round out this amazing album. I can’t recommend it enough. Enjoy!

PAT THOMAS - STAGE TWO

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Alegre All - Stars - Manicero (Juan G. & Dj Alarm Edit)

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!

What a killer performance by Lagos Roots at @theumojafestival. A great way to end the day! Afrobeat in west oakland. Boom #theumojafestival #umojafestival #suruclothing #kuti #fela #festival #oakland #westoakland #digging4gold #afrobeat #african #afrofunk

What a killer performance by Lagos Roots at @theumojafestival. A great way to end the day! Afrobeat in west oakland. Boom #theumojafestival #umojafestival #suruclothing #kuti #fela #festival #oakland #westoakland #digging4gold #afrobeat #african #afrofunk

Beautiful day at @theumojafestival #theumojafestival #westoakland #african #festival #digging4gold

Beautiful day at @theumojafestival #theumojafestival #westoakland #african #festival #digging4gold

Our one and only emcee - @thobszuluqueen - couldn’t stop herself from feeling the vibes during piwai’s set at @theumojafestival #theumojafestival #umojafestival #westoakland #digging4gold #african #suruclothing

Our one and only emcee - @thobszuluqueen - couldn’t stop herself from feeling the vibes during piwai’s set at @theumojafestival #theumojafestival #umojafestival #westoakland #digging4gold #african #suruclothing

Disco nappin’ at the umoja festival in between sets #theumojafestival #umojafestival #digging4gold #westoakland #african #festival

Disco nappin’ at the umoja festival in between sets #theumojafestival #umojafestival #digging4gold #westoakland #african #festival

The calm before the storm: umoja festival stage in full glory #theumojafestival #umojafestival #digging4gold #suruclothing #westoakland #african #festival

The calm before the storm: umoja festival stage in full glory #theumojafestival #umojafestival #digging4gold #suruclothing #westoakland #african #festival

Clam before the storm: the umoja stage in all its glory #theumojafestival #umojafestival #westoakland #suruclothing #digging4gold

Clam before the storm: the umoja stage in all its glory #theumojafestival #umojafestival #westoakland #suruclothing #digging4gold