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Sol Power Sound and Afro Ritmo Records...
Vintage Vinyl "Ritmos Raros": Afro Latin Francophone Special
Sol Power Sound “Tambours de Martinque” Release Party
"French Speaking Music of Africa, Caribbean, and the Mascarenes"
w/ Sol Power All Stars (Meistro and DJ Stylus), Marcello Bentine, and Sir Ramases ( Afro Ritmo Records )
Rarest AFRO LATIN Rhythms from Martinique, Haiti, Mali, Guadeloupe, Benin, Togo, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Mauritius, Djibouti, Réunion, French Guyana, Mauritius, and Seychelles
Kompa Biguine Gwo Ka Pambiche Afrobeat Guaguanco Salsa Soukous Cadence Sato Manding Sega Calypso Mbalax Guajira Makossa Merengue performed in French or French Creole.
Vintage Vinyl "Ritmos Raros"
A 50's-80s Afro Indian Latin Carib Arab Brazil Tropical Dancefloor Party - www.facebook.com/ritmosrarosdc
For its seventh offering, Sol Power Sound taps into the pulse of the French Antilles for Tambours de Martinique, a blistering EP of original and remixed versions of rare, drum-centric dance floor workouts. Licensed directly from the legendary Martiniquan label Hibiscus Records, the EP features cuts by Eugène Mona and Max Ransay, two of Martinique's most storied musicians. With reworks by Spanish DJ and producer Kiko Navarro and the Sol Power All-Stars, this one will be in the record bags of discerning DJs all summer long.
The A side features 'Lizo' by Eugène Mona, an essential figure in the folkloric music of Martinique based on the bamboo flute, bèlè drums, and the island's specific variant of Antillean creole. Lizo was originally released in 1990 on Mona's Blanc Mangé Blan Manjé LP and is anchored by frenetic percussion, a driving bassline, and house-evocative key stabs. Kiko Navarro's remix takes an already dynamic cut to deep Afro-space with thumping drums and a bubbling synth-bass groove that will put dancers through their paces.
With its powerful combo of urgent brass and ensemble vocals, Max Ransay's 1988 recording of the traditional Martiniquan folk song 'Ti Kanno' fills the B-side. 'Ti Kanno' was previously recorded by Ti Émile, Ransay and Mona's legendary forebear. Full of surprises, Ransay's version is a sonic melting pot of hand percussion, horns, unexpected synth lines, and bass. The Sol Power All-Stars edit fills out the low-end thump and teases out the groove for maximum impact.
Sol Power All-Stars spent years immersed in the Washington DC dance music, nightlife and live music scenes, making names for themselves in every niche from underground hip-hop to reggae to electronica. It was only a matter of time before their paths crossed often enough to consider teaming up to do something together. The DJ trio was fortunate enough to connect with percussionist Hermon Farahi, the funk weapon that completed the Sol Power experience.
A mutual love for the sounds of the African diaspora was the spark for the crew coming together. The Sol Power selection arsenal draws from samba, salsa, afrobeat and other deeply rooted genres as well as their modern electronic cousins like azonto and moombahton. Whether it’s a classic Dominican merengue or a driving afro-latin deep house track Sol Power has done it.
Sol Power All-Stars
Marcello Bentine was born in the early 70s with Brazilian roots and Brazilian music in his blood. Raised between Miami and Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian records his family regularly played at home were the soundtrack to his childhood. He began spinning those same records at underground parties and clubs in Miami and Rio in the late 90s. Since then he has become an avid vinyl collector of Brazilian music, along with other various "world music" genres. Recently, Marcello, Mr. Brown, DJ Le Spam, Erick Paredes, and DJ Kumi formed the DJ collective know as "Miami Is An Island", which is a Miami based party focusing on rare "island music" strictly for the dance floor. Over the years Marcello has thrown several “Classic Brazilian” inspired parties around the world, with such DJs/producers as Marcelinho Da Lua/Mustafa do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro), Sunlightsquare (London), Nickodemus/Greg Caz (NYC), and DJ Bronco (Paris). In 2015 Marcello relocated to Washington DC and has been a regular selector for Ritmos Raros, DC's best rare-vinyl-only dance party lead by Sir Ramases.
Interview with Marcello Bentine- http://www.rhythmfoundation.com/2014/09/local-spotlight-marcello-bentine/
Marcello's mixes: https://soundcloud.com/marcellobentine
Sir Ramases ( Ritmos Raros / Afro Ritmo Records )
Panama, Jamaica, Brazil, and Washington, DC
Sir-Ramases Kofi is the founder of the non-profit Afro Ritmo Records Research Collective which archives, collects, releases, and spreads awareness about the world's rarest music on the vinyl format. With six members in total each hailing from their distinct tropical homelands, this group scours the earth looking for lost and forgotten musical treasures. Afro Ritmo's third release: "Fitz Vaughn Bryan: Trinidad Dance Band Series Vol.3", celebrates arguably the islands greatest arranger of big band calypso and saga music.
Afro Ritmo Records operates the nostalgic monthly tropical vinyl party entitled Vintage Vinyl "Ritmos Raros"in Washington, DC
Afro Ritmo Records
About Vintage Vinyl "Ritmos Raros"
Ritmos Raros is a moving but never ending nostalgic tropical vinyl dancefloor party dedicated to the rare and normally unheard rhythms of Africa, Latin America, India, Caribbean, Brazilian, and the Arab variety. Touching upon the many genres we get together and try our very best to dance to different rhythms of each other culture. We are looking for members who love dancing and learning about obscure music that may have not achieved popularity to due to a myriad of adverse circumstances. Join us if your interested in being exposed to sounds you might not hear otherwise outside of the countries of origin. Expect the unexpected: Hybrid transactions, unlikely collaborations / combinations, moods in a minor key, blood, sweat, and tears all wrapped up in its aural form strictly for your educational and spiritual enrichment.
Vintage Vinyl / Ritmos Raros is the official party of Afro Ritmo Records.
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