Instant Cumbia Dance Party – El Remolon Mixtape

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2010 by modibanyc

ZZK Mixtape Vol.9 – El Remolón
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Produced, remixed, mashed-up, meshed, filtered & bastardized! This is how El Remolón’s mixtape emerges onto the scene, gathering all the insane ideas that stir up the dance floor at Zizek Club in Buenos Aires & that will tour across the world during June through August amidst a frenzy of dancing.

El Remolón has us dancing to his trademark slow cumbias, later guiding us along new electro reggaetons that defy the forces of gravity & finally leading us to his new dubsteps & latin kuduros with mega bass…all without losing his hypnotic & groovy essence.

This is just a taste of what’s to come on his next album & EP, both of which will be released by ZZK Records later this year.

A quick glance at the playlist is enough to show that variety’s where all the fun is…very ZIZEK!

The Fader Mag says:

“forging new paths for tropical music and helping to ensure the longevity of an important Latin cultural art.”

El Remolón ZZK Mixtape Vol. 9 (DOWNLOAD)

1.El Remolón vs Sinead O´Connor – Jah Nuh Dead
2.El Remolón – Mujeres vs Daft Punk
3.Junior Boys vs Ladybox – Tick Tock (El Remolón cumbia mashup)
4.El Remolón feat Fantasma vs Lady Gaga – Love Game
5.Los Pibes Chorros vs El Remolón Jam
6.Un Mono Azul feat Lido Pimienta – Ninfa de la mar (El Remolón mix)
7.El Remolón feat Fantasma – Liga del Sabor Digital
8.Ghislain Poirier feat Boogat – Kalima Shop Titi (El Remolón Remix)
9.El Remolón feat Marina vs Sokio – Vem Que Tem (edit)
10.Los Pericos – Me Late (El Remolón Remix)
11.El Remolón vs Dante – Listo Pa Gozar el Mostro
12.El Remolón feat Boogat – Estilo Acapulco
13.Bomba Stereo – Fuego (El Remolón Remix)
14.El Remolón vs Maluca – El Tigeraso (Cumbiastep Mix)
15.El Remolón feat Lido Pimienta – Basta Ya (Dubstep Mix)

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Shasha Marley Wins Best African Reggae Artist

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 by modibanyc

In the African continent’s version of The GRAMMY awards, Modiba Publishing artist Shasha Marley took home Best African Reggae Artist!  Congratulations to Shasha and his team.  More from Daily Guide Ghana on the award:

ONE OF Ghana’s reggae artistes, Shasha Marley, has once again proven that he is a force to reckon with in Africa as far as reggae music is concerned.

This he did by emerging the Best African Reggae Artiste of The Year at the KORA All Africa Music Awards held in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso, on Easter Sunday.

The event, which attracted over 3,000 showbiz personalities from various African countries, was hosted by the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, at the plush Palaise De Sports in Ouagadougo.

Artistes from 24 African countries took part in the competition which was judged through a share of public and jury votes.

Also, about 100 television channels in 22 countries broadcasted the ceremony live.

Shasha Marley competed in the Best African Reggae Artiste category with Nominess from Uganda, Burkina Faso, Bennin and Nigeria.”

Read the complete article here.

Billboard features Blitz the Ambassador

Posted in Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 by modibanyc

Billboard’s Melanie Bertoldi reports:

“Rapper/composer Blitz The Ambassador may be fairly new to the game, but he’s got the smarts of a veteran when it comes to branding. The 27-year-old Brooklyn MC says plenty of times he’s walked by people wearing his promotional T-shirt on the streets, which he designed himself. Depicting a suited man with a stereo in place of his head, holding a pistol to it while blood gushes from the other end, the image is the same Blitz — a self-professed “visual artist” — used for his latest album cover. “They pass me and they don’t even know it’s me,” he chuckles. Additionally, Blitz has a backing band, his own independent label, Embassy MVMT, and his very own mascot — the inspiration behind the T-shirt and album cover art — who usually appears on stage during their live shows. While he’s indifferent to subgenre labeling and doesn’t identify with the ‘conscious rapper’ label, the unsigned trilingual rapper (Blitz speaks English, French and the native Ghanian Dialect Twi) rhymes about issues that affect him directly and other, more worldly ones. “I don’t think just because I don’t talk about ‘money, cash, hos’ that I’m better. I think I’m necessary,” he says matter-of-factly. “I try to make music that I would hope that my favorite artists make and it seems to be catching on.” Indeed it is. His third album, “Stereotype,” dropped digitally last July and reached the top 10 of iTunes’ hip-hop albums chart in its first week of release; he was featured on MTVU’s Artist Spotlight video series, “House Band;” he scored the PBS documentary “Bronx Princess;” and has a six-city California tour under his belt. He recently released his latest single, “Something to Believe” (Watch the video to “Something To Believe” below) and will soon release an EP called “Native Son,” which features songs written entirely in Twi.”

Read entire article here.

The Huffington Post’s Derek Beres reviews Eccodek’s latest iteration

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 by modibanyc

Andrew McPherson and Deliveryboy performing Metropolis Re:Scored in Toronto.

“…there’s no way I could leave out the latest creation from Guelph, Canada’s beloved son, Andrew McPherson. I’ve had the pleasure of staying in his two-floor home/instrument warehouse, the Monastereo, which is essentially the studio to record at in the small but surprisingly important city an hour north of Toronto. He’s been making his way as a folk singer covering the occasional Bjork song, as well as winning national awards for his African-Turkish-Dub-Whatever Fits electronic and live project, Eccodek. His latest output features fellow Eccodekian Deliveryboy (I’ll let you figure out that name, if you can imagine what goes down in the agricultural pastures of Guelph), which is a re-scoring of the eternally strange Fritz Lang cult classic, Metropolis. Brazil years before Terry Gilliam could make it, Orwellian in Orwell’s time, the piece was commissioned by Toronto’s Yonge and Dundas Square for their 2007 Summer Festival series. Over eight hundred people tripped out to the sonic bleeps and beats conjured by these two men accompanying the 1927 film. While the press release goes on about the stylistic influences involved in the soundtrack’s creation, it is so far left of field you’d just have to–and should–experience Metropolis Re:Scored for yourself. One listen and you’ll be throwing virgins to Moloch too.”

Full article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/derek-beres/global-beat-fusion-kirtan_b_517248.html

Blitz the Ambassador blazes up MTVu and the left coast

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2010 by modibanyc

Blitz the Ambassador, the Ghanaian-American hip-hop artist whose video “Breathe” has been in heavy rotation at MTV2, will kick off a 6-city tour of California with an acoustic set at La Peña in Berkeley on Wednesday, February 10th. Blitz’s live performance, where he leads a 6-piece band with a blaring horn section, sets him apart from the pack as a unique musical force in hip-hop. After a series of high-profile East Coast shows like opening for Big Daddy Kane at Celebrate Brooklyn! and sharing the stage with the Roots at the Okayplayer Holiday Jam, Blitz is set to take his live show to the West Coast. Following the show at La Peña, Blitz will travel to CSU Chico on February 11th, Sacramento on February 13th, San Francisco for an exclusive performance with Soul singer Martin Luther at the Elbo Room on February 15th, and then Los Angeles for a set at the UCLA Hip-Hop Congress on February 17th, before wrapping up with a set at Zanzibar’s Afrofunke in Santa Monica on February 18th.

Blitz the Ambassador’s Stereotype (Listen/Download) was recognized as the Best Album of the Year by DJBooth.net and the [Society of Cinema and the Arts] (http://www.sociarts.com/content/top-25-releases-2009-5-1), who said that despite his independent status, his use of “rousing horns beat-wise…and the passion and urgency with which Blitz delivers his rhymes make him impossible to write off.” Last year ended with a flurry for Blitz, as he completed a recording session for MTVu’s House Band that featured John Forte, among other special guests, excerpts of which can be viewed here

Blitz the Ambassador is featured in Beyond Race Magazines current issue which is on newstands now! Beyond Race Magazine is an internationally distributed publication spotlighting cutting edge music, entertainment and lifestyle.

Somi is #2 on World Billboard Charts, performing Valentine’s Day in NYC

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 by modibanyc

In a special Valentine’s Day event, Somi will perform an intimately acoustic set of her favorite love songs.  The evening will feature complimentary sweets by Divine Chocolate (a fair trade organization that supports Ghanaian cocoa farmers) and additional sounds by DJ Moni.  Somi will share the stage with celebrated guitarists Liberty Ellman and Brandon Ross.

Doors at 7:00PM / Showtime at 8:30PM
Only $15 in advance / $20 at the door

Littlefield Performance and Art Space is downtown Brooklyn’s hippest new venue.  Located at 622 DeGraw Street, please visit http://www.hopstop.com for directions.
Lastly,we are happy to share that Somi’s album is still #2 on Billboard’s World Chart this week.  Thank you for your continued support!

Jahdan profiled on Pitchfork’s Guest List

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 by modibanyc

Check out Pitchfork’s Q&A with one of our favorite artists, Jahdan Blakkamoore! Full article is here, and his latest Buzzrock Warrior album is here.  And below is a track from the Kings of Salone mixtape from Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, feat. Jahdan.  Enjoy!!