Sonido Bestial is going down once again this coming saturday inside of River Gods in Cambridge. I will be joining Dj Shabbakano on the decks for a night of vintage Latin American music–so in honor of the occasion here is some mixtape love to help shake off the cold and get you in the spirit for saturday!
Descarga Naniga – Cachao
El Agual Limpia Todo – Federico y su Combo Latino
El Ausente - Fruko / Joe Arroyo
Lloraras – Dimensión Latina / Oscar D’León
Fayab Fayab – Wganda Kenya
Cana E – Lizandro Meza y su Conjunto
Soy Guajiro – Anibal Velasquez
El Buscapies – Rufo Garrido
Musucundu – Son Palenque
No Haces Nada – Los Blanco
Welcome back my friends, and thank you for tuning in to another Ruff Luxury mixxup. On this occasion we hear a handful of records showcasing some of the rootical sounds from around the spanish-speaking caribbean. From Cuba we have the great Arsenio Rodriguez–bandleader, composer and son montuno pioneer–along with Los Llopis, a group led by Francisco and Manuel “Ñolo” Llopis. Duo Los Ahijados’ Prendela exemplifies the early sound of Dominican salsa legend Cuco Valoy, playing alongside his younger brother Martín Valoy. Also hailing from the Dominican Republic we hear some merengue stylings from Yoyito Cabrera and then the New York based Orquesta Fiesta. Obeah Wedding is a Mighty Sparrow composition here being given the big band treatment by Trinidadian Saxman Cyril Diaz. The recording was taken live during Caribana 1967 in Toronto and appears on an Abel records LP. Colombian artists make up the remainder of the mix, with the likes of Fruko, Lisandro Meza, Anibal Velasquez, Chico Cervantes, and Manuel Alvarez y Sus Dangers rounding things out in a fine style. I hope that you enjoy the songs as much as I do. Thank you and please visit us again at the Ruff Luxury Bumpling House.
Prendela – Duo Los Ahijados
Para Bailar El Montuno – Arsenio Rodriguez & The Afro Cuban Sound
Vive La Vida Hoy – Fruko y Sus Tesos (Wilson Saoko)
Castigo y Cariño – Los Llopis
Libien Tanto – Yoyito Cabrera
Ceniza – Orquesta Fiesta
Obeah Wedding (Melda) – Cyril Diaz
Rosa Rosalia – Manuel Alvarez y Sus Dangers
Me Pico La Avispa – Chico Cervantes y Su Conjunto Internacional
Las Africanas – Lisandro Meza
Mercedes – Anibal Velasquez y Su Conjunto
From Jamaica to the Uk, Toronto to New York and even Boston–the eighties of reggae, digital dancehall in the world of sound
Watch Your Approach - Chris Wayne
Sound Boy - Little Kirk
Don Sound – Danovan Champion
Crowd A Come Back – Sleepy Wonder
Roughneck Fashion - Tenor Fly
Don In A Town - Ninjaman
Price Gone Up – Cobra
Long Mouth Special -Gazan
Raggamuffin - Hopeton Junior
Time So Hard – Al Campbell
Serious Times - Errol Strength
She Turns Me On - Courtney Melody
A brand new concoction–live and direct from the ruff luxury mixology lab. This time to give a taste of what will be heard this coming Wednesday (5/02) as Mista Pala Pala and myself bring the undiluted ruckus to the Milky Way in JP for Añejo Soul. All of the songs featured here are taken from second-hand records found in and around Boston–music from Haiti, Cabo-Verde, and points in between. Barrel-strength bumplings, in a small-batch style.
Tet Ensem – Carlito Coupe
Jouman – Francisco Tropical System
Pa Gain Zanmi Enco – Maud & Ti Roi
Konoe Boto – Ernie Seedo with the Exmo Stars
Midionera – Armando Almeida
Message Pou Peup Noue La – Galaxy
Injustice – System Band
Foi a Saudade – Sonora Paramarera
Vida – Mendes Brothers
I am excited to announce an upcoming party happening Wednesday May second (5/02) at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain, Añejo Soul. Kangsen and myself will be pulling out all the stops and dropping some hot platters on the good people of Boston for this event and we really hope you can join us from whatever side of the river you rest on. The Milky Way is really just a hop skip and jump from where I live so not only do my Dorchester peoples have no excuse, but it feels extra nice to be bringing ruffneck fashion back across the bridge to our stomping ground for this one. The music for the night will be in the same vein as the cumbia/dancehall/afrobeat stew we’ve been stirring up at the ruffneck fashion nights, but with an emphasis on bostoncentric sounds taken from records found in the area–vintage recordings from Cabo Verde, Haiti, Trinidad, and the Dominican Republic to set the tone for the evening.
Come bubble with us to the finest vintage sounds from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. Taking a step backwards from the ‘Tropical Bass’ movement of the moment, Djs Trizlam and Kangsen Wakai test the limits and boundaries of tropical dance music through an excursion into genres like zouk, coupé décalé, soca, merengue, and konpa alongside cumbia, soukous, salsa, dancehall and champeta criolla. With an ear for the analogue and an aim to make you shake, ruffneck fashion presents: Añejo Soul.
Wednesday May 02
9pm // Free // 21andup
284 Amory St. Jamaica Plain
I’m gearing up and preparing myself to get ruff luxurious with my Ruffneck Fashion family in just under two weeks for round three of our monthly musical showdown at Zuzu. Joining Kangsen and myself will be our esteemed colleagues in the faculty of sound–Dj One Dread and Dj Bald Dread. This month we turn east to Africa, focusing on past and present sounds from around the continent–bikutsi, soukous, highlife, coupé décalé, afrobeat, makossa, semba, benga, kuduro and much much more. Come and close out the weekend right with the finest in music, dancing and company!
RUFFNECK FASHION (African Style)
sunday april 22 . 10pm . 21andup . free
@zuzu . 474 mass ave. cambridge, ma
Continuing with the Felito Records catalogue we have the Curramba series. Click on the images to enlarge them. Curramba is another term for the city of Barranquilla on Colombia’s Atlantic coast. It is here that Producciones Fonograficas Felito Ltda. was established with its 16-track recording facility–Estudios Felito – El Templo Del Sonido Perfecto–under the direction of Félix Butrón Arbelaez.
SInce the last post on Boston area reggae I regretfully haven’t answered many questions about the labels and artists that were brought up. I have, on the other hand, continued to run into interesting releases on the likes on Mastermind and MJH Records, as well as the pieces pictured above.
Clockwise from the left we have a Waynie Ranks 12″ on Taurus records with a Courtney Morris cut Extacy on the flipside. The only address/phone number listed is the VP distribution info in Queens, but I’m pretty sure its a Boston production given that all of the artists and producers feature elsewhere on local releases of the time. Taurus also likely has a connection to the mainstay Blue Hill Avenue record shop bearing the same name which is sadly the last of the Jamaican/Caribbean record shops that is still open today. Record shops catering to the city’s West Indian population were for some time a thriving cottage industry in the area–they were certainly still a common feature of the landscape still while I was growing up in Dorchester during the nineties. The next disc is another Leroy Webb and Twin Dread production from 1991–’Gwan Skylarking’ featuring rhythms by Mikey White and a host of local vocalists like Major Jackson, Errol Strength, Lady Lee and Ras Coley. The record was mixed by Junior Rodigan and Michael McDonald at Phillip Smart’s famed HC&F Studio in Freeport, Long Island. Taurus II records lists an address on River St. not far from the aforementioned record shop.
The I-Tones were a pretty successful reggae act in the Cambridge area for a time and put out a number of records including an LP called ‘Something We Share’ in 1987. This song apparently had a video that you can see here. Another of their bigger tunes was a nice rendition of Love is a Pleasure by Freddie Kay that came out on a 45. Healin of the Nations’ ‘Love is the Answer’ LP is the final label scan, coming out on the HUB Records imprint. This album received a lot of praise from the Boston Globe at the time of its release (1982) and is one of the more solid boston released full length that I have heard yet. Danny Tucker shows up in the credits as a background vocalist on 400 Years–making this an even more interesting find and reminding me of how I really need to track down that Take Us Home 45.
For anyone interested in Colombian music and especially the 80s Cumbia and Champeta sound, here are some scans from the Felito Records promotional catalogue. Many of the titles are available still from the label’s shop located in downtown Barranquilla which is a great place to find records and well worth a visit if you are in the area. These are the first ten pages of the catalogue, click to enlarge the images.
Warming things up for the launch of RuffNeck Fashion this weekend we have another mixup from yours truly–dj TriZlAm. This selection moves around a bit, much in the fashion that will be on showcase Sunday–featuring vintage sounds from West Africa and the Caribbean with a heavy dose of Trinidad, Colombia and Jamdown in the mix.
I hope to see all of you raggamuffin ruffneck youths this sunday, February 26th at ZuZu–come help us nice up the place and get this thing started out right.
Me Te Ase Me Mpe Nsa – Akwaboa’s Band
Tout Cote – Sec Bidens
Bounika – Le Simandou de Beyla
Spanish Amigo – Dennis Alcapone
Double Attack – Lizie & Delroy Wilson
El Alacran – Ray Fernandez y su Corte
Descarga Guajira – Cachao y Su Combo
Serenal – Cyril Diaz and his Orquestra
Gee Bongo Lay – John Buddy Williams’ Band
Busca Perro – La Cumbia Moderna de Soledad
Currucuchu – Emilia Herrera
1st Session – Baba Brooks