The Gypsy
Jun 2011 17

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!
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Enter the 36 Chambers
Jun 2011 16

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..]

Apr 2011 20

When we first found out about the possibility of Nas and Damian Marley collaborating we got excited, then when the album Distant Relatives came out, we got very excited. So you can imagine the excitement in Aspecks HQ when we found out that these two giants of music would performing in London. For those of you not lucky enough to have been in attendance at their recent Wembley gig check out the footage Aspecks managed to capture in between jumping up and down and jamming hard to an array of banging hits!

Also check the extended highlights of performances of “Leaders” and “Count your Blessings” from the Distant Relatives album.
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Apr 2011 20

There is not a lot you can say about Wiley that has not already been said. Having been big in the game since the late nineties Wiley’s influence on the UK scene is undeniable. Starting out as a DJ before becoming legendary as an MC and producer Wiley has always put his love of music first and refused to compromise on his artistic vision, as evident by his release of the Zip files in July of last year where he literally gave away over 200 tracks of old and new music! In fact Wiley has always been a pioneer for expression,  whilst being prepared to beef with all those willing to test their skills, the number of artists that he has helped out or has worked with is immense. The song below is entitled “Numbers in Action” and is from Wiley’s forthcoming Big Dada project. The track is out now on iTunes!

Wiley’s willingness to collaborate was again evident on his recent Elusive Tour at the O2 in Islington!

Check after the jump for footage of a host of MCs hitting the stage, including Ghetts, Jammer, JME and Skepta!!
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FOKN Bois’ Dunaquest mix
Apr 2011 11

Buy the FOKN Dunaquest in Budapest Album here. AVAILABLE NOW!

Check out this link for a review of the album cut entitled We are the Future (which now also includes a free download):  http://aspecks.com/blog/commentary/africas-fokn-future/

Aspecks recently provided you with a sneak peak of the productive summer that the FOKN Bois spent in Budapest when we posted about Africa’s FOKN Future. Consequently we had raised expectations for the release of the full mix and of course, despite being busy working on their various solo projects, the FOKN Bois (M3NSA and Wanlov The Kubolor) do not disappoint in the slightest. Hosted by the Irie Maffia Production duo (ELO and Jumo Daddy), the Dunaquest minimix combines their eclectic fusion of hip-hop, funk, reggae and European dance beats with the reflective and optimistic humour of the FOKN Bois’ verbal dexterity to magnificent effect. But don’t just take our word for it as you can listen to the results of their endeavours below.

FOKN Bois meet Irie Maffia Prod.-FOKN Dunaquest Minimix by Irie Maffia

Officially released on Akwaaba/Irie Maffia Productions on the 26th April 2011.

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