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We Maniac

Afro-Euribbean music blog

Updated: 2017-04-17T08:25:12.922+01:00


R.I.P Frosty Freeze


Breakdance legend Frosty Freeze from the Rocksteady Crew (N.Y.), who inspired so many dancers, died this week at the age of 44.
Read an obituary in the NY Times.

Snowgoons ft. Edo G - Nothin You Say


New video by the German producer team Snowgoons feat. Boston legend Edo G.

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Dizzee Rascal ft Bun B - Where Da Gs


New video by Dizzee Rascal from the new album on the HipHop label Definitive Jux.

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Wildstyle The Sampler


You might now the classic hiphop movie "Wildstyle", but not many know about the book the director Charlie Ahearn recently put out. "Wildstyle The Sampler" is a must have not for all fans of that flick but also all hiphop music lovers.
The official info about the book says:

To celebrate the film’s silver anniversary, Wild Style The Sampler provides an inside look at the making of the film, its release, and the reverberations it caused around the world. Curated by Ahearn, this exhibition and accompanying book of the same name introduces us to a cast of characters and outrageous adventures through a collection of photographs, original artwork, production stills, and archival materials and includes the work of Ahearn. Martha Cooper, and Cathy Campbell, as well as animators Zephyr and Dr. Revolt. Featuring iconic images of legends and pioneers including the Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Lee Quinones, Fab 5 Freddy, Dondi White, Zephyr, Smiley 149, DJ AJ, Grandmaster Caz, GrandMaster Flash and the Furious Five, Melle Mel, the Fantastic Five, The Funky Four, Sha Rock, Double Trouble, Rammellzee, Debbie Harry, Patti Astor, and Frosty Freeze, among others.

Photo: Powerhousearena

Jaguar Wright in Europe


Don't miss out the European club tour by RnB singer Jaguar Wright, backed by Berlin's own Livedemo Band. She first came into my attention with her feature on a Hezekiah track, who btw is also on the tour bill alongside the great Bahamadia and Philly's hard-working DJ Statik (Ill Vibe Collective). We don't see RnB singers of that category too often in Europe, so worth the visit big time. Also I am fascinated by the nice vibes between the artists, the DJ and the band, who only had one day to rehearsal the whole set. Tourdates see Subotage website.

Picture: lexmelek

Mixes of the week #4


Yes, it has been a while, but we manic is still around, don't worry.
Today I want to introduce to you three soca/carnival 2008 mixes which are all worth the download. All three come out of Germany, seems soca is pretty hype over there! ;)

Liquid Fire - Mad Again [Tracklisting see link]

Conqueror Sound - Neva too late for carnival [Tracklisting/Cover]

Three Kings - De roadmarch ting

Mixes of the week #3


SK Vibesmakers: Sincere - That's not gangsta, boy
UK Hip Hop
SK Vibemakers bring you 'Sincere - thats not gangsta boy' the mixtape. Sincere hails from North London and is most reknowned for his underground street hit 'Thats not gangsta', a single he put out on his own record label 'YE-Records'.

Steady Rock Crew/ DeeBuzz - "Without Love"
Lovers mix with Sizzla, Anthony B, Lutan Fyah, Pressure, Maxi Priest,..
DeeBuzz Sound

Marflix / MashUp Crew - MashUp Plus 2008-02-11 Radioshow
Reggaeton/Bachaton, Socarave,Remix, Bailefunk, Soca & Calypso in a smooth 85min mix! [zshare]
MashUp Crew, Marflix

Too hype


So if 3-hit wonder Uffie gets 6000 EUR for a 30min whack okay show, why can't we bring back JJ Fad? ;)

[picture by piperferni]

Mr. Dale - Soca Junkie (Video)


Mr Dales "Soca Junkie" was one of the biggest anthems last year in Barbados. Now there is a video - check it out:

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[via de cooler]

Stephen Marley got Reggae Grammy


Stephen Marley got the Reggae Grammy Award for "Mind Control"

other nominees:
The Burning Spear Experience - Burning Spear
The End Of An American Dream - Lee "Scratch" Perry
Anniversary - Sly & Robbie And The Taxi Gang
Light Your Light - Toots & The Maytals

Pick it up (Video)


Yo Gabba Gabba! doing the Ska!

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[via BoingBoing]

Make sure you also check out this dope ass old-school electro/miami bass track Party in my tummy.

Druff druff druff - drei Tage wach


New video by minimal/electro artist Luetzenkirchen from Munich. The video was shot in Berlin - I guess they had to cause the lyrics "3 days up" wouldn't fit to sleepy Munich. ;)

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de tourists coming!!


Funny commercial by a large beer company makes a joke about the "real" tourist Jamaica.

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[via Jamaica Observations Blog]

Stereo on bikes


Kids in Trinidad do it, and kids from Trini families in NY do it: Pimp their bikes with soundsystems.

Gallery at NY Times.

GlasBlasSing - Music made with old bottles


There are many things which you could do will empty bottles, but this way of recycling is unique: The German music group GlasBlassing is uses only old bottles, old plastic boxes and other things from the trash as instruments. The surprise is, that it really sounds amazing. Check them out on their mp3 musicpage.

GlasBlasSing - Viva Las Vegas

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Os Garimpeiros - Partir o Braco (Video)


It is definatly no fun if you brake your arm - but it is a big help if such nice girls take care of you.

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Krezi Mizik - Pa tcheke Krezi (Video)


New video by Konpa artist Krezi Mizik.

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Diplo recording in Jamaica


DJ/producer Diplo, founder of Mad Descent, spent 10 days recording everyone who's anyone in Jamaican dancehall right now - Elephant Man, Turbulence, T.O.K., Gyptian - for an album he's working on with UK producer Switch. See an interview with him on XLR8R - TV.

The coolest kids


The Cool Kids are the coolest HipHop you can listen to at the moment - those kids got style, even if its a lil 80s.. go on their myspace and listen/download cool music. Or grab the ep here.

Shaggy 'Intoxication'


Bonafide Girl feat. Rik Rok, from the new album by Shaggy 'Intoxication' from VP Records/Big Yard Music Group.

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RIP Lucky Dube


One of the most well-known reggae singers, Lucky Dube, was murdered yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dube, who was born in Ermelo, Mpumalanga on August 3, 1964, got hijacked and shot. According to a witness, the hijackers opened the musician's door and shot him twice.
Lucky Dube released over 20 albums in his musical career and toured a lot internationally.
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Junior K. from Gambia


The Gambia is a hotspot for countless reggae talents. Junior King out of Kololi is one of them. His voice reminds of bignames like Turbulence, Sizzla or Jah Mason. Listen to "Tell me why" on his myspace.

Senegal musicians gallery


Please have a look at Green Eyez's photostream about Senegal and many of its musicians. Beautyful shots!

Fela Kuti birthday


(image) This monday, on the 15th of October, it would be Fela Kutis birthday. Afrofunk asks, what he would sing about nowadays:
No doubt he would include many of the same themes that he addressed during his lifetime: the ongoing exploitation of Africa in general and Nigeria in particular by the wealthy and powerful, from London to Lagos, Washington to Kinshasha; the sorrowful indifference of the governments in industrialized nations to the poverty, inequality and suffering their development models bring to much of the world; the madness of the war in Iraq; the unending massacres in Darfur and Congo.

I think Fela would certainly still be addressing the agonizing persistence of torture and inhumanity in prisons around the world, as a victim of military brutality himself. And I hope he would have turned his immense charisma and musical power toward addressing AIDS prevention and education.

Read the full article on Afrofunk.
Photo by Antes Del Atardecer under cc license.

Live & Dept - movie about Jamaican trade


Not really music related, but this movie is a must-see for all those who know Jamaica only from a tourists view. It explains how economy works for small and USA / World Bank - dependend countries like Jamaica. Full-length on googlevideo.

Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text "A Small Place" by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences ... all » focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact.


[via seen.]