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Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro Vol.2

GRANT PHABAO AND DJOULS 21st Century Afro Vol 2
Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro Vol.2
(MP3 Podcast on T.I.M.E.C., 2008-08-28

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The second volume of our '21st Century Afro' series begins its trip with a peaceful afro-ethio-cuban trip from Lightning Head (alias Glyn 'Bigga' Bush/UK), extracted from the 12 inch taster of his upcoming album ('13 faces of Lightning Head'), then heads directly into heavy afro-kraut-jazz from Nomo, a collective from Michigan developing quite an unique sound. This 'Last Beat' is to be found on their powerful third album ('Ghost Rock'). After another instant afrosoul classic taken from The Budos Band's masterpiece, 'The Budos Band II', the mix navigates into supafunky ethio-jazz from The Lions, a Los Angeles collective of musicians you may also find playing in Breakestra, Connie Price and the Keystones, Orgone, Madlib's Sound Directions, Plant Life, Clutchy Hopkins, the Greyboy allstars... Their 'Jungle Struttin' album mixes reggae, ethiojazz, colombian and african grooves with soul, jazz, and funk! Things then get more focused with a devastating pamphlet from Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, one of the many available on his booming 'Many Things' album. The Shawn Lee apparition in this selection whichcomes afterwards is quite a surprise, but since the multi-instrumentalist genius decided to go global on his latest album ('Miles of Styles'), there's no reason to pass out on it. The same goes for the closing track, the hard-hitting Afrobeat drum-powered 'Platypus Strut' by Ohmega Watts - with the help of members of the Breakestra/Connie Price/Antibalas... it's a small world.

Tracklisting :
01. Lightning Head - Afro Spot
(from 'Afrobeat EP' 12 inhc, 2008 / Lion Heads Recordings) UK
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02. Nomo - Last Beat
(from 'Ghost Rock' album, 2008 / Ubiquity) USA
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03. Budos Band - Budos Rising
(from 'The Budos Band II' album, 2007 / Daptone) USA
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04. The Lions - Jungle Struttin'
(from 'Jungle Struttin' Album, 2007 / Ubiquity) USA
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05. Seun Kuti + Fela's Egypt 80 - African Problems
(from 'Many Things' album, 2008 / Tôt ou Tard) NIGERIA
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06. Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - Lagos Calling
(from 'Miles of Styles' album, 2008 / Ubiquity) UK
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07. Ohmega Watts - Platypus Strut
(from 'Watts Happenning' album, 2007 / Ubiquity) USA
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Credits :
Selected and mixed by Grant Phabao & Djouls(
Artwork by Djouls (, photo by hdptcar under a Creative Commons license
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (


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DJ Jonathan E. DJ Jonathan E. ·  11 November 2008, 12:39

These are a couple of utterly amazing mixes. Great, great music. I was particularly impressed by "Vero" from ANTHONY JOSEPH & THE SPASM BAND! Cool, cool, cool — and very hot. Thanks, Paris DJs

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