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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

DJ Thick: Aluja/Shushtari

by David Font-Navarrete

Here's another exclusive mashup for the AfroFunk people by DJ Thick: "Aluja/Shushtari". Click on the link for "new MP3 mixes".

This track is a mix of two amazing recordings from Smithsonian Folkways with my own minimal electronic beats and effects.

"Aluja" is a bata rhythm for Shango, the Yoruba orisha (divinity) of thunder, dance, and drumming, recorded on "The World's Musical Traditions, Vol. 8: Yoruba Drums from Benin, West Africa". "Shushtari" is a ney (flute) improvisation by the legendary Iranian musician Hassan Kasa'i, recorded on "The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan". The track was arranged in Ableton Live.

Close your eyes, nod your head, shake your ass ... and stay tuned.

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