Sound Travels Wednesday: Aromatic Turkish Blend

Sound Travels Wednesday Aromatic Turkish Blend



Sema “Hasret” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Norrda “Infinite Face” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Asik Veysel “Konusma” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Sultana “Hümanizm” Cerkez Kizi

Orietation “Sen Gülünce” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Gevende “Anonim” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Selda Bagcan “Gitme” Selda

Ersen “Çakmağı Çak” Ersen


Sound Travels Wednesday: Global Beat Box

soundtravels_logoHip hop is the order of the week on Sound Travels, with another day devoted to this worldly stuff. A set that had a bit of mellow to it with the sombre beats of a Japanese producer who goes under the name Woodblue, his excellent “Sara Wo…” has something churchical to it, and starts the set with a vibe. That follows with Mr. D an artist out of Tanzania, rapping here in his native tongue of Swahili, and leads one to believe that African languages are born for hip hop, word flow like water.

And water is necessary for life to happen, and given my liberal use of music from Leeroy’s last couple of albums, might just be the equivalent of water given my valence and the bond I’ve formed with this tremendously creative artist. The cut I brought today is from his album Bollywood Trip. Ricky General show us that there is definite;y a fertile middle ground between hip hop and Jamaican dancehall music with the choice “Skettle Dub” and that serves to bridge into some work from Turkish diva-turned-rapper Sultana. Her tune “Humanizm,” is all about the powerful value of real leadership.

Which leads us to the slightly randy-sounding crew that comprises the French based crew TTC, who have already blown up once, and will probly continue to astound with their intricate Gallic wordplay, and savoir faire. And speaking of which, had a very unique MC to end the set, Brooklynite Y-Love, who is African-American by birth and Jewish by choice, having converted to the religion later in life. His faith informs this work I have here, but it is the intelligence that he was born with that allows him to excell not only in terms of the freshness of his raps, but also the quality and clarity of mind that expreses his themes with a unique and clever style big enogh to fit four languages into his flow. That’s rap! And a wrap o this entry, if you missed the set, here it is for a re-listen.  

Sound Travels Wednesday : Global Beat Box


Tracklisting & Media:

1. Woodblue : “Sara Wo…”

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Sound Travels Monday: Global Beat Box

soundtravels_logoMonday, at the stone, grinding it out, jam-after-jam-after-jam…it’s Sound Travels of course and when the jam is a grind, a gem is what you got. Global hip hop today started with an invocation, a “Temple Prayer” if you will from a very interesting cat with a worldly view from his vantage in Cali, MC Yogi whose style is a bit square, but earnest and honest to have convinced me that he’s no pawn, but rather playing the game in his own, Patanjalian versed flows. Sacred meets profane indeed! And it should be obvious by now that I really like this album from Leeroy, formerly of Saian Super Crew and currently of Explicit Samouraï; his latest, African Trip, delivers, check it yourself, I wouldn’t miss it.

And I wouldn’t sleep on Godessa either, they are South Africa’s biggest all-girl group of any stripe, who bring conscious lyrical fire to the fray with some nice videowork to boot. Not sure where they are end up but it sounds nice here, in a mix with another South African, DJ Dope and the freshest hip hop mc from Turkey that I know about, Sultana. Sultana, is reviving Traditional Turkish music by working hip hop beats into her compositions, and this cut I have today is from her latest release Söhret Yolu.

A mish mash of artist work out well on the soulful “Self Destruct” which I have from an excellent compilation of Tanzanian beats and raps called Bab Kubwa. And more music from Cape Town, Markus Wormstrom, with a beat that blended nicely with something from up-and-coming producer named Filastine. I’ve been into this cat for a minute or two, and his music is pretty fresh, almost a favorite, and good in this set. A bit of unevenness mars his two releases, but I only say that because there are some incredible cuts, and that makes the ordinary ones more dull by comparison; here I have a genre bender with a beat more hip hop than not hop.

Speaking of not hop, it’s hard to call a lot of what is out there in the world hip hop, the sound is just the canvas which allows for the expression of culture. And some DJ’s specialize in this sort of approach, I know that I do, though my style is all-inclusive whereas DJ Sun, whose excellent “Dubai” leans on jazzy hip hop and global influences to pop here. And set the stage for the end of today’s set with a Sound Travels favorite in honor of last week’s Earth Day, Curumin, with Lateef of Lyrics Born on the aptly titled “Kyoto.” If you caught the show today at noon, thanks. If you missed it, here you go…

Sound Travels Monday : Global Beat Box


Tracklisting & Media:

1.MC Yogi : “Temple Prayer / Bhakti Boombox” Elephant Power

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