Tonight’s the night people. We’ve been banging on about it long enough – our first Tropical Beats event will be starting in a few hours.
Gracing the stage will be renowned multi-instrumentalist and dancer Seby Ntege, and the bombastic bass vibes of samba reggae troop Tribo – as if that wasn’t enough to whet you whistle, there will also be live DJ sets from the Tropical Beats crew, plus resident KtoK DJ’s Uncle Vibes & Mister Mumbles.
Recording Africa is the brainchild of friends Tobias Brent & Olly Burton, who both harbor a strong passion for earthy world music and travelling, the pair met whilst studying music in Leeds. Eager to set up a project which united their interests – the pair created Recording Africa, a non-profit travelling record label aiming to support musicians and communities worldwide creating a fair global exchange.
Raising funds with the help of backers and donors, the pair embarked on their first trip to Senegal in 2012, I where they studied and recorded traditional sounds from the nation. The pair returned released their first music package in June 2013 – 11 golden tracks, a 30 min documentary and an accompanying 12 page booklet featuring original artwork and stories.
Tobias told us about their latest project: ‘We were approached by Liam Butcher, he’s a brilliant London based sound engineer -so we loaded him up with all the gear we had! He’s just left on a 3 month trip to Ghana to work with disabled women and children. We’re really looking forward to seeing what he comes back with… We’re also launching an Indigogo campaign this week to raise £1500 for the communities we work with, to go towards sustainable development, nutrition, education and building work’
Sound engineer Liam is headed to Sadema, a in northern Ghana which he said is ‘famous for a number important traditional genres and exciting new fusions…I can’t wait to document the incredible music and in exchange offer aid to communities that need it the most’
On top of the incredible work the guys are doing (100% of the profits go straight back into the Recording Africa community account), the recordings they bring are rich, vibrant, perfectly capturing the stories and traditions of the musicians they encounter. Check out this video, and come down tonight for great vibes whilst you do your bit to support them!
People. People. The big day is almost upon us. Big like first day at school big. Big like first date big. So big that our friends at Sounds & Colours, Movimentos, Rhythm Passport & Wormfood have all shared the news – that big! And who are any of us to argue with these supreme authorities of sound?
Our first Tropical Beat event is tomorrow night at the Underbelly in Hoxton Sq, where we’ll treat you to some samba reggae vibes courtesy of Tribo to banish the January blues, topped off with the sweet, sweet melodies of Seby Ntege – and all in aid of three great causes.
Check out the video from the In Tune For Life crew. We caught up with Holly and she told us about the story behind ITFL’s forthcoming album in Malawi, nation with a high maternal mortality rate. For this project, they worked with Future Kings Vibrations (who they’ve worked with before) to continue with organisations work of creating music with messages – with this album advising and spreading health education about maternal health.
“They wrote the songs themselves, the health messages were checked by the Ministry of Health and Christian Aid, and we then spent two weeks recording them. I went on a visit to Karonga (northern Malawi) to talk to the health workers in the clinics to see how the music can be used to disseminate messages to the community. As it’s so remote, music’s such a vital way for them to carry their message, and it really catches on village to village. So now we’re mixing and mastering that album of five songs, all in the local languages. It should be ready by February, and it will then be given to the local clinics and hospitals as a resource for them to use to disseminate messages!”
Blinding work, which you can support it by paying 4 squids on the door to party.
PLEASE NOTE: 2 for 1 Mojitos on the night. We figured that this is incredibly important information.
Line Up Announcement!
The Tropical Beats Crew are excited to announce that alongside Tribo, legendary Ugandan multi-instrumentalist and dancer Seby Ntege will performing at our special charity gig on the 16th January.
Bringing his incredible array of instruments, Seby will treat guests to beautiful fluid melodies from his homeland, his soaring griot vocals and those infamous dance moves.
Seby has played has played at WOMAD; amongst other festivals; on stage with Bryan Adams and for the Queen Maj herself. Alongside this, Seby is renowned for his drumming and music workshops which you can find out more about them here.
Check out his incredible performance above, and be sure to head down on Thursday to see the man in action.
The countdown begins! Next Thursday people, six days until the very first Tropical Beats event. Just under a week today and we’ll be reveling in sunny vibes – in cold Hoxton, fair play – for not one, not two, but three very good causes!
One of our special guests on the night will be Mr. Mumbles, chief vinyl connoisseur and host of the Hot Chat show on K2K radio, one of the charities we’ll be supporting with the proceeds from the night. Playing only vinyl from his heaving repertoire of records, Mr. Mumbles treats listeners to diverse beats and, you guessed it, some HotChat with his special guests.
Check out the special vinyl edition of Tropical Beats here, where he shared his 12” hot grooves.
More about K2K:
K2K radio is a local community station based in South Kilburn, giving people from different walks of life and of all ages a platform to share good music, good ideas and good vibes featuring a diverse range of shows ranging from tropical beats to folk, dub, vintage soul and much more.
The station hosts a regular free workshops in radio from presenting to production and much more. K2K is also an embedded part of the local community also hosting and taking part in a range of local events, festivals and markets. See how you can get involved here.
Happy Tuesday Campers!!
We think it’s high time we shared some rays of #sunshineforyourears for those long, drawn out cloudy days in between our shows. We feel your pain people, honestly we do!
To bring you comfort, resident Tropical Beat Man Karl has selected these scorchers: classics from Milton Nascimento and Seu Jorge remade by international DJ and producer extraordinaire Aroop Roy.
Karl says, “I first heard this track on Russ Jones’ Hackney Globe Trotter show on SOAS radio (Weds 4-5 pm). It’s a huge classic brought up to date with a killer remix – both tracks scream SUNSHINE and RIO….even more so at the moment!”
Enjoy - and let us know if you’re feeling the vibe!
The Tropical Beats crew present a night of Carnival Rhythms with live Samba Reggae from Carnival favourites Tribo who mix a sure-fire cocktail of Tribal Rhythms and Carnival Vibes.
Also Tropical beats DJ’s and special guests will be rockin the dancefloor with hot Tropical vibes all night long.
This event is in aid of three Charities / Not - for profit organisations and all profits will go to these groups.
There will be an opportunity to see film footage of the amazing work being carried out by these organisations at the begining of the night and also hear work from the musical projects they are invovled in.
The three organisations are
In Tune for Life - who support musicians around the world improve the health of impoverished communities via their own music and video.
Recording Africa - which is a not for profit music based charity label which records endangered traditional music in diminishing communities around Africa.
KtoKradio - which is a community radio station bringing radio skills and broadcasting opportubities to local communities.