Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Tumbélé DJ Mix

To celebrate the release of Tumbélé! Biguine “Afro and Latin Sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74″, here’s a mix of tunes from Guadeloupe and Martinique – biguines, compas, guaguanco’s, folklore and of course some tumbélé!

Muzzical Trips Blog  is about sharing music, musical experiences and research, vinyls dig from black atlantic trails, improbable sounds from improbable places, interesting relative data...
Muzzicaltrips explores Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and all mutual influences between these local styles. Although originally sharing a common root, theses exchanges gave birth to a variety of interconnected expressions: from rumba to cumbia, highlife to afrojazz, apala to afrobeat, biguine to mambo, merengue to soukous, jazzfunk to hiphop, mbalax to sato, reggae to calypso...
As much as possible, it tries to clarify the context of the musicand the country where it was released. Indeed these popular musical productions and their evolution (result of mutual influences between Africa and American Continent) have always been linked to cultural, social, political, economical (...) context. This is especially true during the 60s and the 70s, a period representing both a real encounter of tradition and modernityduring post-independance era, and also a period more intense term of exchanges, but not yet 99.smthg% culturally globalized as nowadays. Fore sure, some actual music reflecting or transforming this golden era or just receptive to it will have space in this blog.

Kowloon Walled City

Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in New Kowloon, Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclaveafter the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. In 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 2.6-hectare (0.010 sq mi) borders. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by Triads and had high rates of prostitution, gambling, anddrug use.
In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City. After an arduous eviction process, demolition began in March 1993 and was completed in April 1994. Kowloon Walled City Park opened in December 1995 and occupies the area of the former Walled City. Some historical artefacts from the Walled City, including its yamenbuilding and remnants of its South Gate, have been preserved there.

“While the popular understanding of anarchism is of a violent, anti-State movement, anarchism is a much more subtle and nuanced tradition then a simple opposition to government power. Anarchists oppose the idea that power and domination are necessary for society, and instead advocate more co-operative, anti-hierarchical forms of social, political and economic organisation.”

A unique record of life in Kowloon Walled City, before its demolition in 1993 the most densely populated place on the planet.