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I remember days gone by djing for all sorts of events – one of the core areas I used to play was a whole range of reggae from original steppers on to dancehall. A major event for some years being the Garnett Silk commemoration gigs. I have been brought back to those years courtesy at first of Chronixx. Rooting around in his music led me on to a whole range of others – Protoje, Biga Ranx, Popcaan and many more. All of this has the serious flava of old times and I am enjoying …
All of this revival gives me neww things to chat about with my gal – yes I married a proper country gal, Westmoreland true and through … and she never lets me forget it!
via This is Protoje.
via - Chronixx Music.
As I have said before I used to live in Africa – I spent some time living and working in Maseru, Lesotho. That time and the people I was with remain with me to this day – a big hello to Ipa, Francis, Lebo, Motsi, Teenie and all the rest …
I would love to go back and visit more … the music and those memories are all I can enjoy at the moment.
It seems this is doing well in the charts at the moment …
Trip hop has had quite a revival recently. Some years ago we used to play gigs with a hefty dose of Portishead, Bonobo, Tricky,Lamb, Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack and many more. Now we create mixes using a whole raft of London Grammar, Wildlight, Emika, Coco Rosie and so on.
via rising setting.
Some people are a little surprised at my taste in music given my age and background. I enjoy music ranging from that music core to my youth – the soul, northern (DaveGodin was an old friend), ska, reggae, house of most styles, dnb, breaks, african music across the board, reggae of all styles, 2 step, chillstep and so on.
Here we have a series of the music videos I have enjoyed – a hipster, baroque pop, dream pop cum neo electroish pop type, a Belgian hip hop artists with roots on Rwanda, an Eritrean music video and a whole series of those created by me.
I had to search for music after popping into a local Eritrean restaurant. The food was good, the people great, and I enjoyed the music and tv playing. As I said at the time – I felt like going back to Africa.
It is interesting to note the differences in style between the various music videos. I would so love to make some videos with some of the Eritreans – seems it would be real fun.
left right left right
slowly with purpose
into gently honest sincerity
plain and to the point
yes that hand points away
march not with a legion
but as a true plebeian
it is easy to drift
just a drift of cloud to point
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The birthday weekend was interesting – family were well present and differently entertaining.
After the major party we headed off to see Artful Dodger and be reminded of old 2 step days, then from there an afterparty which took me back to old days of full weekend free parties and the obligatory afterparty. I was reminded of all those old days in my 50s watching the light levels rise and being annoyed by ravenous insect life from the nearby water. I am now just about sober – fourish days later …
While running through this party weekend I remember talking to an old friend and we agreed upon that quality of the chill out afterparty – that quality which you can palpably feel where the music you are then listening to, the place you are occupying and enjoying is enriched by the continuing reminiscence, the immediate reminiscence, that afterflavour of the party you have just come from … each interacts with the other.
and if you like it old skool and well raggaed up
… and so a few flowers appear, things warm a little and for us in the UK we begin to believe that summer is either here or well on its way …
Here and there there are textures and patterns above and beyond the obvious to see and feel … simple flowers, nothing artificially nurtured, not groomed or cultivated, beyond those beautiful things my great grandfather dealt with professionally – after having been a journeyman builder for many years, also the village well-sinker and mole-catcher (yes, I was non-plussed as a child), he went on to become a gardener supplying local pubs with hanging baskets and working for some of the large houses in the village.
yes I do love the plants and foliage around me – but I like to look for and find qualities within those parts of the plant world that are beyond the stuff of cared for gardens – the accidents, the discarded, even those in decline – there is something to be found even there within them …
birthday tomorrow so endless amounts of mayhem over in Sheffield – you may hear the noise in the distance …
via rising setting.
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