The Urban Essence Show w/ Ostinato Records (September 2017)
In this extra special show, we welcomed to the studio the team behind Ostinato Records, an imprint fast making a name for itself as premier excavators of music from Africa and the diaspora.
Their latest release, ‘Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn of Africa’ is a fascinating celebration of Mogadishu in the ’70s and ’80s and has already gained wide-spanning critical acclaim.
We were joined by founder Vik Sohonie, his co-compiler on this record Nicholas Sheikholeslami and photographer Janto Djassi, for an engrossing chat through the label’s illustrious yet relatively short history to date, the struggles of repress culture in the digital age, and what’s next on the horizon. All that plus new music from Pappy Kojo, Special Request and Accelera.
Special Request – Witness [Houndstooth]
Amerigo Gazaway – Pop’s Rap (ft. Lonnie Lynn Sr) [Self Released]
Slum Village – Jay Dee Freestyle [Ne’Astra Music Group]
Pappy Kojo – M’akoma (ft. Joey B) [Ameyaw Debrah Media]
Dan Marshall – Long Hose [Modula Beats]
Mr YT – Souvenir [Apollo Records]
In Conversation With: Ostinato Records
Raul Guillaume & National Orchestra of Haiti – Mercy Bon Dieu
Pilon – Rabes
Abdullahi Zulfa – Unknown (“Complicated Love”)
Aamina Camaari – Rag waa Nacab iyo Nasteexo (Men are Cruel and Kind)
Mahi Hadji – Unknown
Fadumo Qasim – Unknown (“Romeo and Juliet”)
Sharaf Band – Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life is Full of Tribulations)
Farhiya Kabayare – Dhakac Dhakac
Gemini – Motion [Chiwax]
Babes Wodumo – Gandaganda (ft. Mampintsha & Madanon) [West Ink Records]
Jaime Read – Life In The Sea [Batti Batti]
Extreme – Trasparenza [Safe Trip]
Boo Williams – Fruits Of The Spirit [Three to Five]
Owain K – Touched [Banoffee Pies]
Special Request – Changes [Houndstooth]
Accelera – We Are Star Stuff Harvesting Star Light [Acting Press]
‘Sweet As Broken Dates’ is out now.