Music Break: Just-A-Band – Usinibore
Feb 2010 26

*UPDATE: Thanks to Kenyanfemme for the explanation of what “usinibore” means in Swahili.

If you speak Swahili; can you please let the rest of us know what usinibore means?  This exceptional music presentation is by the coyly-named creative collective Just-A-Band from Kenya and taken off their sophomore album 82. The lyrics convey a poignant message of individual self-empowerment “Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do – I can change the world“. Just-A-Band are unconventional in the sense that they have a photographer and an animator in their ranks so that they make all their own videos for their music, which has an eclectic fusion sound. Their website and infopack do not provide as much insight into their story as we might like but we’ve been able to gather a few tid-bits about them which can be found in the featured videos below.

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F**k you I won’t do what you tell me!
Dec 2009 18

There is campaign currently being waged in the UK to get Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” to be Christmas Number One and it is hard not to support such a move when the motivation has arisen from the grassroots. Basically some music fans fed up of being on the receiving end of another X-Factor ballad ruining their listening pleasure set up a Facebook page to get RATM to Number One. Indeed the campaign has been such a success that Rage are currently leading X-Factor winner Joe McElderry by about 10,000 copies… and the song could hardly be more appropriate with the infamous lyric opposing conformity used as the title for this article. Check out the video below where the band themselves explain why they think the campaign is a good idea. What a shame the BBC could not allow RATM to vent their frustration live on air, even if it was eight in the morning. Indeed the idea that Rage would agree to be censored by the BBC, particularly on this song, for this cause and not sing the lyrics they have written is laughable. Go on RATM, take the power back!!!!!

Download the single now from itunes to show your support!

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A Hip Hop-Punk-Rock-Electronic-Cultural-Historical Excursion with Afrika Bambaataa
Sep 2009 03

Nardwuar the Human Serviette (who is a very eccentric but thorough and prolific interviewer) conducted this interview with Afrika Bambaataa (aka the “Grandfather” and “Godfather” and The Amen Ra of Universal Hip Hop Culture as well as The Father of The Electro Funk Sound). Who is widely credited as being one of the Deejays that created the vinyl record looping technique that birthed Hip Hop songs. In this interview Afrika Bambaataa details the evolutionof Hip Hop music and culture from diverse influences as he sees it. The interview also reveals the relationship between Hip Hop and the Punk Rock sub-cultures.

The first point of call is the vinyl album Bongo Rock by the Incredible Bongo Band which, has been sampled extensively in Hip Hop since, but was first used by Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Master Flash and DJ Kool Herc at the early Hip Hop parties.

The next recording artist mentioned was King Tim III who is credited by some with releasing the first rap recording on 12” vinyl with the Fat Back Band in 1979.
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Aug 2009 07

I don’t know but I like it…
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UK B-Boys vying for supremacy
Jul 2009 31

A little insight from Wiki: A B-boy or B-girl is a person devoted to hip hop culture, more specifically, bboying/break-dancingCrazy Legs of Rock Steady Crew explains the origin of the term – “the word b-boy originated from Kool Herc … b-boys and b-girls – break boys, break girls”.

Check out footage from the UK B-boy Championships in June where Aspecks was in attendance:

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

The UK B-Boy Championships – World Finals are to be held on Oct 11th and 12th in London and will be hosted by Crazy Legs himself. Tickets available here.

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