Blog July 17, 2017
Afropop Exclusive Mix: Big Chune Vol. One From DJ Ephraim Asili
We're pleased to share another exclusive mix from DJ Ephraim Asili, who delivered the Brazil Samba MPB Vol. One mixtape to us last year. Asili, a full-time visiting artist in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College, returns to share with us some of his favorite 45s that he picked up on a recent trip to Kingston, Jamaica. The mixtape, which was recorded live by Asili this past week, touches upon all of the cornerstones of Jamaican music. Coming in at just short of two hours, the expansive 40-plus track mix features dub, ska, rocksteady, dancehall and of course reggae tracks, all deejayed seamlessly into one another to deliver a show that's about as close as you can get to a sound system experience without a trip to the island nation. Dub is a natural inclusion in the mix as the genre grew out of remixes popularized by the sound systems. Studio engineers would remove the vocals from already popular tracks and place more emphasis on the drum and bass parts. Asili stays true to the traditional Jamaican sound with his deejaying by featuring classic artists like Bob Marley and Barrington Levy, but throws in a few unique picks like Joyce Bond's cover of the Beatles' "Ob La Di Ob La Da." The mix can be found on Asili's Soundcloud and you can also hear him deejay his weekly radio program "In the Cut" on WGXC. Tracklist: 1. "Capone's Revenge” Glen Adams 2. “Cream of the Crop” Prince Fari 3. “Sabotage” Desmond Dekker 4. “Wake up Jamaica” Dennis Alcapone 5. “A Shot in the Dark” Roland Alphonso 6. “A Love Like Yours” John Holt 7. “Get Up” Jackie Edwards 8. “Moments” Al Campbell 9. “Baby I’ve Been Missing You” Bunny Maloney 10. “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely” Horace Andy 11. “It’s A Shame” Delroy Wilson 12. “Dum Dum" Delroy Wilson 13. “Life Is For Living” Elaine Moore 14. “Natty Cool” Jah Sonny 15. “Rent Crisis” Max Romeo 16. “World Go Away” Elaine Moore 17. “Memories By the Score” Ansel Linkers and the Christian All Stars 18. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” Jimmy London and the Impact All Stars 19. “Let It Be” The Mohawks 20. “Ob La Di Ob La Da” Joyce Bond 21. “Pretty Cottage” Stranger “Soul” Cole 22. “Mighty Organ” Glen Adams 23. “Chicken Mary” The Pyramids 24. “Our Reggae Music” Brown Sugar 25. “The Bed's Too Big Without You” Sheila Hylton 26. “Top Rankin (1995)” Althea and Donna 27. “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)" Dawn Penn 28. “That’s the Way Love Goes” Sharon Forrester 29. “Speak Softly Love” Clive Mathews 30. “Under Mi Sensi” Barrington Levy 31. “Tribute to Marley” Lone Ranger 32. “Ambush In the Night” Bob Marley 33. “Rock to Sleep” Horace Andy 34. “False Rasta” Jacob Miller 35. “Acting Strange” Delroy Scarlett 36. “Skylarking” Horace Andy 37. “Some Day We’ll Be Together” Joy Roberts 38. “Just My Imagination” The Charmers 39. “La La Means I Love You” Alton Ellis 40. “Gypsy Woman” The Mighty Diamonds 41. “Voice of My Father” Dennis Brown 42. “Rooting For A Cause” The Cimarons