World Treasures Music on KMAH Radio: Matsuli Music feature

Music from Jacob Mafuleni and Gary Gritness, plus more, as well as a feature on South African jazz specialists Matsuli Music in the second half.

Tracklist below and a link to listen too if you missed it live.

Batanidzo EP – Jacob Mafuleni and Gary Gritness

Gary Gritness

Pacific Express – Black Fire (reissued by Matsuli Music)

World Treasures Music is on KMAH Radio every fortnightly Thursday, 2pm until 4pm (GMT).

Jacob Mafuleni & Gar.y Gritness – Mweya We Chikoni

Gang Machado – Hoje Não Saiu Daqui (Minkle Edit)

Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness – Mukuru

Rick Asikpo – Jam (Minkle Edit)

Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness – Nyama Iekougotcha

Julie Coker – Gossiper Scandal Monger (Minkle Repair Edit)

Piero Umiliani – Chaser (Minkle’s Dennis Edit)

Tony Igiettemo – Feel So Good (Kirk Edit)

Black Disco – Night Express (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Derrick Gripper – Kaira (Peace) (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Batsumi – Lishonile (reissued by Matsuli Music)

The Soul Jazzmen – Inhlupeko (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Noikho Xaba And The Natives – Nomusa (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Dick Khoza – Chapita (reissued by Matsuli Music)

Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness – Mayarira

Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness – Zvichapera

Crown Ruler news: Jeremy Spellacey interview and Spacetalk compilation preview

World Treasures Music spoke to Jeremy Spellacey of Melbourne’s Crown Ruler (record label, shop and party collective) about the forthcoming release Crown Ruler Sound for Spacetalk. He has selected some beautiful music from around the world for this much eagerly anticipated compilation.

Jeremy’s digging has helped him gain global popularity, serving the rare vinyl wants of customers around the world. Music connoisseurs also hailed his first release on Crown Ruler in even greater numbers – Focus’ Zulu EP (from South Africa) – when it was reissued earlier this year. Now the Crown Ruler sound has been further defined on the forthcoming compilation for the London-based Spacetalk label, co-run by Danny McLewin from Psychemagik, Simon Purnell from Leng Records and Paul Mudd Murphy from Claremont 56. The New Zealander follows in the ears of Jeremy Underground who compiled a tour of his record collection for Spacetalk’s first compilation. The tracklist for the second installment of the Crown Ruler sound displays a huge depth and expanse of music and will be released later this month.

WTM – you’re a renowned digger, when did you start?

“I have been collecting records for about 20 years.”

WTM – your record collection and sales stock of the past is extremely deep and rare, what about new music?

“I do find it difficult to keep up with today. Every six months or so I say to myself I need to keep my ear closer to the ground and know what’s happening now – I read some blogs, listen to some music and buy a bunch of new things, then a week later my head is buried in old records again. However, I am a big fan of Lord Echo, Tom Noble is a fantastic producer and I would always look out for anything he has worked on, Maurice Fulton is probably the electronic music producer of my generation. We also have a wealth of talent coming off these shores, from those putting music out to some of the amazing live acts – Phil Stroud, Harvey Sutherland, Benny Badge, Winters, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Senegambian Jazz Band, Leo James and Rambl are just a few of the names I could reel off. We really are spoilt here.”

WTM – I read that the compilation started with about 40 tracks selected by you and then you had to whittle it down, how does that process work?

“It was made easier by what we could actually license. Some decisions were made based on selection and trying to make it a little more diverse. At times you have to tread the line between being creative and putting together a marketable product. Hopefully we managed to fill both shoes.”

Artwork for the forthcoming compilation has been selected from historical archives.

WTM – the selection is fantastic and displays a broad range of music that makes it such an interesting compilation. It’s not easily pigeonholed. It’s not all rare either. I was surprised to see Slippery People on there.

“Staple Singers! This is something that has been in my record bag a long time, I don’t always play it, you need to find the perfect time, it feels to me that energy is of the track is hotter than what the tempo may suggest. I am a huge David Byrne fan so was great to include a nod to him on the release. I’m very happy with the final selection, the tracklist was decided late last year with the exception of one late change. I have found a number of things this year that would have been great to include, more great tunes will continue to pop up so who knows, maybe volume two some day.”

WTM – You mention the issue of licensing. Did you have contact with the artists? What was that like?

“Simon Purnell did all the licensing, I had been in touch with one or two previously and spoken via email or over the phone. I have found a bunch of artists in the past and it’s great reaching out to them. Many have moved on from music, but it’s still in their blood and most have fond memories of recording and releasing music, there are cases where the piqued interest actually gets their musical juices flowing again and revitalises them. I sent Keith Hutchinson a video of Orpheu playing Hay Hay off the Focus EP at Dekmantal 2016 and his reaction was priceless, that alone made the all the hard work worthwhile.”

WTM – there is excitement having seen one of your edits on the compilation, one that Gilles Peterson has already picked up and played on his show, are there any more coming out? What’s the selection process to edit something?

“I have done loads of edits in the past but not really thought about releasing them, they are more for personal use. There was talk of maybe putting a couple out a while back but it never eventuated. There could be different reasons to edit a tune, usually its dancefloor oriented and there might be some dodgy parts of the track that could do with removing. It could also be something really short but there is enough to cut it up and give it the 12” treatment. I fell in love with the Kosmik 3 tune as soon as I heard it and thought it needed some tweaking, really happy to have it remastered and on vinyl!”

WTM – What’s next in store at Crown Ruler HQ?

“We have a few things in the pipeline on CR but I can’t say too much at the moment. 002 is very much in motion but needs some more work. We are hoping to drop it before Christmas.”

Lipelis, Jeremy and DJ Harvey talk Crown Ruler socks recently.

Listen to a preview of some of the cuts from the Crown Ruler compilation:

Tracklist on the compilation:

Ezy & Isaac – Let Your Body Move (Oba Balu Balu)

Stimela – I Love You

Kosmik 3 – I’m Gonna Pack (Jeremy Spellacey edit)

Mike Fabulous – Wang East (instrumental)

Feladey – Forest Music (Anambra Na-imo)

Larry Maluma & Kalimba – Kamusale

Acayouman – Funk Around

JK Mandengue – Afrika

The Staple Singers – Slippery People (club version)

Brother Resistance – Can I Get A Witness

Legacy – Monday Blues

La Banda De Martin – Mi Dueno

Devon Russell – Move On Up

Costa & Chyps – Detroit City Cats (instrumental long version)

Wilfred Percussion – Andei

Africa Seven label feature

Check out the latest World Treasures Music show on Kmah Radio.

Featuring exclusive new material from the forthcoming Dimensions label, Esa’s bass rumbler on Dekmental, Balearic’s Social’s latest from Mori Ra, a jazz dancer from the newly reissued Rubén González LP, dopeness from Heavenly Sweetness’ latest Beach Diggin’ compilation and a full hour of reissues and remixes from  Africa Seven.

Hour 1:

(1) Mim Suleiman – Pole Pole (forthcoming on new Dimension label: An Introduction Part 1)  (2) Universo – Umhlaba  (3) Alma Negra – Onga (forthcoming on new Dimension label: An Introduction Part 1)  (4) Esa & NarchBeats – Blast (ft. Pendo Zawose) (Dekmantel)  (5) Komodo Kolektif – Night Of The Leyak (new on Invisible Inc.)  (6) Mori Ra – Chuva (Balearic Social)  (7) Ruben Gonzalez – Cumbanchero  (8) Jemaa – Bob Marley (from Beach Diggin’ Volume 4)  (9) O.R.E.A. – Desintegration-France (from Beach Diggin’ Volume 4)  (10) Sue Barker – Love To The People (from Beach Diggin’ Volume 4)

Hour 2:

Africa Seven feature

(11) AKA – Shake Me

(12) Pasteur Lappe – Na Real Sekele Fo Ya

(13) Ifang Bondi – Atis-A-Tis

(14) Sory Bamba – Kanaga 78

(15) African Black – Nzango

(16) Ekambi Brilliant – Africa Africa

(17) Afro National – Jokenge (IG Culture Edit)

(18) Ekambi Brilliant – Soul Castle (Silkie Edit Over Dub)

(19) M Bamina – Mosi Zole (EVM Edit Overdub)

(20) Manu Dibango – Les Cavaliers (Plaid Edit Over Dub)

(21) Bunzu Soundz – Zinabu (Moody Boyz Edit Refix)

(22) Manu Dibango – Big Blow

Do not miss: World Circuit provide welcome reissue from Cuban maestro Rubén González

Rubén González Fontanills recorded this LP – Introducing…Rubén González – in two days following the completion of the seminal Buena Vista Social Club album in 1997. The Buena Vista pianist uses the same techniques that gave the group’s album that remarkable sound, as well as selected musicians from the project.

When the Cuban pianist recorded his first solo album in Havana in 1996 he was 77-years-old. When World Circuit released the album the following year, along with the Buena Vista Social Club’s Grammy-winning LP and the Grammy-nominated Afro Cuban All Stars (with Rubén playing on both) it led to a late flourishing of the musical careers of those involved and a focus on the country’s music. Rubén passed in 2003, his status as a legend of music finally assured.

The reissue coincides with a world-wide summer theatre release of  Buena Vista Social Club: Adios, a feature length documentary. Rubén’s story is featured extensively. He was invited out of retirement by Ry Cooder in 1996 following his heyday in 1940s and 1950s Cuba.

Highlights on Introducing…Rubén González include the jazz dancers Cumbanchero and bonus album track Descarga Rubén Y Cachaíto, although the beauty of Rubén’s playing and the calibre of his fellow musician’s is explicit throughout.

For more information go to World Circuit.

Pacific Express ‘Black Fire’ LP is one of the standout jazz releases of this year

Matsuli Music has added the debut album of this Cape Town ‘supergroup’ to their growing catalogue of  South African Afro-jazz  reissues.

New liner notes from acclaimed jazz historian Gwen Ansel explains how this album successfully fused multiple styles in 1976 forging a new sound from what was ‘Cape Town Jazz’, Latin, R&B, soul, pop and fusion.

Black Fire presents the core repertoire that made Pacific Express the resident band sensation they became at the Sherwood Lounge in Manenberg, Cape Town in the mid-seventies. The ‘coloured’ township of Manenberg – about 20km away from Cape Town’s city centre, and cut off from the black settlements of Gugulethu and Nyanga by a railway track – had been officially established in 1966. The apartheid regime had defined different “racial groups” and forcibly moved people from various suburbs and allocated them to ‘white’ people.  The Sherwood Lounge was located close to the highway and people flocked to the venue for music.

World Treasures Music will present a Matsuli label feature on Thursday, July 20th, at 2pm (GMT), on Kmah Radio (click to listen).

Brazilian artist Sabrina Malheiros drops Clareia teaser for forthcoming Far Out album

Rio’s original nu-bossa queen returns with a new LP of golden-era Brazilian soul music for Far Out Recordings. Clareia is a journey through the rich and varied sounds of her homeland. Sabrina has as always enlisted her father Alex Malheiros – bassist of samba jazz-funk legends Azymuth – and visionary London based producer Daniel Maunick (aka Dokta Venom), son of Incognito’s Bluey.

All tracks are written by either Sabrina, or in collaboration with her father Alex Malheiros and producer Daniel Maunick – written and recorded in Niteroi, Brazil, overlooking Gunabara Bay and Rio’s beaches, mountains and forests.Available this summer on Bandcamp or from faroutrecordings.com