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.
This record never leaves my dj crate. Kicking off with a killer 4-bar open drum break and dips right into a moody ode to his motherland. Just one of many we’re curently selling on on ebay!
For me, there are few highlife records bette than this masterpiece here. Two beautifully serene 15-min long tunes (actually, one long song split into two) that exude the wistfulness and longing that seems to permeate most of the moodier 70s highlife recordings. A MUST HAVE.
Luckily for you, we have it for sale on ebay RIGHT NOW. Sale ends on Sunday. Don’t miss out.
So our absence is not indicative of a lack of work. On the contrary, we have some big announcment in store for you, including our big annual UMOJA african festival in Oakland, CA coming in August (more on that soon), Digging4gold has officially been handpicked by the State department to go to Zimbabwe in Feb, and of course we have a ton of music to share.
For now though, we want to let y’all know about another batch of awesome recordings (mostly from Ghana) we have for sale on ebay right now, including one of my favorite records of all time - Dr. K Gyasi’s “Skyi Highlife” - and some other bangers from Alex Konadu and Ashant Brothers. As always, all proceeds go to my man in Ghana - Lion - and his family. Buy good music for a good cause!
DON’T MISS OUT!
Over the next few days, we’ll be featuring some back story on some of these records, starting with the wonderful Alex Konadu.
As we’ve previously posted, Alex “One Man Thousand” Konadu, who passed away in 2011, was a Ghanaian musical icon, best known for a string of hits in the 70s, including the widely popular “Asaase Asa.” As a young boy, he was heavily influenced by the concert parties - traveling vaudeville shows with musical accompaniment - that often visited his home town. He started his musical career shortly after finishing school in the mid 60s. a decade later and he would be regarded as one of the leading highlife performers of his time.
This album for sale is one of my personal favs from the guitar band highlife era. A true masterpiece.