Now the first glance at the title of this article may appear slightly confused but anyone who was present at Rich Mix last Tuesday night to see the first UK performance of Wanlov the Kubolor’s Brown Card album will fully understand the sentiment. Also known as African Gypsy, the album is the musical manifestation of Wanlov’s cultural heritage, reflecting both his Ghanaian and Romanian (or Transylvanian) roots, his extensive knowledge of music and his socially conscious personality. Indeed Wanlov commands the stage with his infectious sense of humour and a clear appreciation of the musicians he is playing with. Combining African drum patterns with accordion and violin solos, intricate guitar patterns and hiplife melodies any listener of the Brown Card will enjoy a globe trotting journey through multiple musical genres. Described as “music for music lovers”, it is hard to disagree with the description of Wanlov as “the Manu Chao of hip-hop” or indeed his own assertion that he is the modern day Gypsy Fela. Enjoy this footage of the Wanlov classic “Human Being” which appropriately for a song celebrating global citizens was performed with a Frenchman on accordion, an Italian-Transylvanian fiddler and a Ghanaian on the Cajo drum.
Check after the jump for footage of Wanlov in his ambassador role for Orphan Aid in Ghana!
Check out this exclusive Aspecks footage taken last weekend at the Forum, London as the Wu-Tang Clan rolled into the UK. With original members Raekwon, O.D.B (Rest in Peace) and the RZA (producing a film with Tarantino) unable to make the trip, it was left to Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck to take center stage. And whilst we did not want any beef, the Wu-Tang certainly brought the ruckus as Method Man in particular worked the crowd into a hyped frenzy during performances of a range of timeless hits including C.R.E.A.M, Da Mystery of Chessboxin’, Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit and of course the classic Method Man. [read more..]
Peter Sankofa and the Family Afro is a new book created by Greenshack Productions. Greenshack Productions is a company that focuses on children, imagery and symbolism. It addresses the needs of Afrikan people from all around the world with the improvement/enlightenment of everyone as its goal. Check out the blurb below and some of the images from the t-shirts we have printed. For more photos of all the Sankofa Family tees please take the time to visit the Aspecks facebook page.
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