Posts tagged Africa
Uncommon Records 'Save the Horn' for Ethiopia

Uncommon Records is one of our favorite labels for several reasons, having an alternative view on HipHop, DIY attitude and another is supporting great causes which impact real people. Here we have a limited release or pop-up album which all proceeds go towards Charity:Water so they can finance a drilling rig in Ethiopia to create wells, this is a fantastic cause that will impact many people as we all need clean water to drink. The album will only be available for one month (10/28-11/28) and then it's gone, hope you all can contribute to a great cause. Props to Uncommon Records for standing up for righteous causes and great music. I just bought it and will most likely be discussing it within the next couple of days.

Check out what they have to say on the project after the jump.

"Uncommon Records humbly presents our 2nd "Pop Up Album", Save the Horn.  All proceeds from Save the Horn will be donated to Charity:Water which builds water wells in the 3rd world.  They are currently raising funds to finance a drilling rig that can dig multiple wells in the country of Ethiopia.  All of the dollars donated to Charity:Water are verified to be going toward specific wells via Google Maps and photos that are directly associated with the dollars.  Even their overhead comes through a separate income source. Save the Horn will only be available for one month (10/28-11/28), we will then donate all funds raised from the sale of the album and it will never be available again.  This creates a rare piece of music in the digital format.  The album contains 16 songs for only a $5 donation, although we would encourage you to donate more if you can.  Let's tell you about the album: Save the Horn features music from Uncommon's roster like Acid Reign, Adam Warlock, Atari Blitzkrieg, Pruven, Short Fuze, Taiyamo Denku, Masai Bey, DCK VNNGT along with collaborations with fellow Progressive Hip-Hoppers like JunClassic, Billy Woods, Megabusive, Aeon Grey, Passive65ive, Carl Kavorkian, Zesto and more.  The list of producers banding together is also impressive including Nasa, Agartha Audio, IV the Polymath, Black Tokyo, Waatu, Bond and others. The opportunity to present staunchly Progressive Hip-Hop like this in a joint effort to raise money for a worthy cause is an honor.  We were able to make a difference with Japan Earthquake Relief earlier this year with a similar project, now we need to send the same love to Africa.  Thanks to everyone that takes part, and enjoy the tunes!!!"

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Se Ba Ho Video

[youtube][/youtube] Part of the Echos Hypnotiques compliation released last year, 'Se Ba Ho' while being a Sato track (vodoun rhythm played during burial ceremonies) invokes a happy feeling when heard. This is also a great cultural difference indication as to where music was in the 70's and what purpose it served. Nothing somber about this track and it's rhythm packed sound maintains alive and well in our time. Thanks to Analog Africa for keeping this sound alive and to Petra Schroder and Dirk Von Manteufel from Sosumi for releasing this footage.

Los Palos for me

[youtube width="600" height="360"][/youtube]Being from any culture comes with it's treasures and history especially in music, my family comes from the beautiful Dominican Republic and I would like to share with you some of our Afro-Dominican heritage. The music is called Palo (sticks) and has traces originating from central Africa and found a home in Villa Mella, DR. It's folkloric sound and mesmerizing drums was and is sometimes used in religious ceremonies and special gatherings, some will try to dispel it's content and question what it was used for in a negative manner due to it being used in certain religions. Known for it being a part of the Dominican culture some sum it up to be the music of Santeria or Voudu then in turn commenting that it is used to call upon demons or other ignorant statements. The lyrical content is mostly praise to the saints and or asking for guidance and help along life and or pleasing the gods.

[youtube][/youtube] I understand that peoples views on certain religions will never change or make sense to them, but what I do want to point out is that it's part of our culture and shouldn't be attacked or ignored due to indifference of religions or lack of knowledge. I am in no way associated with these religious practices so I am an outsider looking in as well, more for cultural reasons and the love of music. I can still hear and enjoy the beautiful rich history that my people have which were deeply rooted in religion and music. I embrace the sound of Palo, Gaga, Salves, etc. because without it we lose part of our cultural identity especially with the Spaniard and European influence in the Dominican Republic. The sound has also been used now for rhythm reasons in Merengue and HipHop which keeps alive the sound of our past to the new generation which you can see below.

[youtube width="600" height="360"][/youtube] [youtube width="600" height="360"][/youtube] I hope for the love of culture that we keep these treasures alive and well amongst our youth so they know where they came from and how it has shaped their present history and sound. For those that dismiss their origins is to be one without soul and mind.