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Our Umoja African Festival has made the Oakland skyline a little bit better…

Our Umoja African Festival has made the Oakland skyline a little bit better…

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Juan G - Castro The Destroyer Tribute Mix Presented By Digging4gold

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.

Track List:
Dome Na Mendowo
Ohemaa - Wutah Kobby (feat. Castro)
Olofofo (feat. Godwin Dash)
Toffee
Sradenam
African girls (feat Asamoah Gyan)
Meko Me Shody - Batman aka Samini(Feat. Castro)
She Dey do Me
Do The Dance feat. Asamoah Gyan
Azonto 320
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
If you are in the area, and want to know more, please check out our website:
www.theumojafestival.com

IT’S OFFICIAL!!! We are back with our second annual UMOJA African Festival + Soccer Tournament in Oakland, California SATURDAY AUGUST, 16th

If you are in the area, and want to know more, please check out our website:

www.theumojafestival.com

Ethiopian heavyweight, Teddy Afro, was in full effect this past weekend at the ESFNA 2014 in San Jose. #nofilter #abesha #ethiopian #esfna #2014 #teddyafro #reggae #digging4gold #wodaj #wodajphotography #juangomezphotography

Ethiopian heavyweight, Teddy Afro, was in full effect this past weekend at the ESFNA 2014 in San Jose. #nofilter #abesha #ethiopian #esfna #2014 #teddyafro #reggae #digging4gold #wodaj #wodajphotography #juangomezphotography

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Reggae Dubb'n Again: Revival inna Dubwise Style Presented By Digging4gold

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.  

Enjoy!

Robbie Shakespeare at @SNWMF 2014 #sly&robbie #taxigang #dub #live #snwmf #juangomezphotography #digging4gold

Robbie Shakespeare at @SNWMF 2014 #sly&robbie #taxigang #dub #live #snwmf #juangomezphotography #digging4gold

Hollie Cook, SNWMF 2014 #hollieCook #snwmf #juangomezphotography #loversrock

Hollie Cook, SNWMF 2014 #hollieCook #snwmf #juangomezphotography #loversrock

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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!
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT ALL ITEMS CURRENTLY FOR SALE!

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!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT ALL ITEMS CURRENTLY FOR SALE!

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.
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR EBAY SALE

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.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR EBAY SALE

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Highlife, Afro funk, Soukous records for sale THIS WEEK.

Sale ends Sunday.

Another batch of funky Highlife Records on Ebay for Sale

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!

CHECK OUT THE SALE HERE!!!!

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 postedAlex “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. 

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¡Zamobombazo! New Cumbia, Tropical, & Other Bass-Heavy Diaspoic rhythms

Awesome Doc about the Elusive William Oyeabor!

This guys rocks. Check it out

Another batch of records, straight from Ghana! You know what that means: New uploads coming soon!

Another batch of records, straight from Ghana! You know what that means: New uploads coming soon!