12/11/2013 Echo Chamber

 

Tonight was a very special night in the Echo Chamber as Dr. StrangeDub & DJ Baby Swiss put together a Tribute to Nelson Mandela and the beautiful people of South Africa. Plenty of reggae tonight, but also some great South African music, more vinyl than usual, and even some excerpts from some ANC Radio Freedom broadcasts (including a message from Oliver Tambo).  We kicked the show off with the great "Free Nelson Mandela" tune from the Special AKA (vocal + instrumental). This was followed by a version of the Satta Massagana riddim, retitled simply as "Mandela", by Tommy McCook and the Abyssinians. Then came the moving new track "The Echo of Mandela" from Victoria Moralez. Great South African music filled much of the show, and included Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Lucky Dube, Nkulee Dube, Kalahari Surfers, Nelcy Sebide, Ghetto Muffin, Udokotela Shange Namajaha, DJ Dope, and Felix Laband. Also included were the conscious tunes "South Africa" from Mystic Mike; "(Something Inside) So Strong" from Labi Siffre; "A Girl Called Johannesburg' from Mutabaruka; and "The Wind of Change" from Robert Wyatt & the SWAPO Singers.

The DJ Baby Swiss set started with The Special AKA's radically-reinvented “Nelson Mandela ’88” -- house-mixed and clocking in at 8+minutes... But the duration record for a single track played on Echo Chamber probably belongs to the mighty Fela, coming in as he did at 17:33 with the epic “Go Slow” from Music is the Weapon of the Future. Mad Professor and Hugh Masekela turned up again, Hugh from his mid-60s Mercury release grrr, and the Mad One from his Anti-Racist Dub Broadcast. Also in the decks were Rico, Dub Caravan & Hornsman Coyote, and Burning Spear. The tail-end of the show took a left-turn into “Seasonal” territory with Buford O’Sullivan’s “Winter Storm Warning” and the Billie Holiday/Yesking remix “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” just in time for those sub-zero temperatures.

Playlist Tracks: 
Special AKA - Nelson Mandela (aka "Free Nelson Mandela")
Album: The Singles Collection; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Special AKA - Nelson Mandela (instrumental)
Album: 12"; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Tommy McCook & Abyssinians - Mandela
Album: Tree of Satta [Abyssinians and various artists]; Label: Blood & Fire
*Victoria Moralez - The Echo of Mandela
Album: N/A; Label: Soundcloud
Mutabaruka - A Girl Called Johannesburg
Album: Life and Lessons; Label: Gallo
Kalahari Surfers - Township Beat
Album: Living in the Heart of the Beast; Label: Recommended
*Mystic Mike - South Africa
Album: Rise Up! The Riz Records Story [various artists]; Label: Riz/Reggae Archives
Kalahari Surfers - 9866
Album: The Sound of Dub - Rare and Soundful Pearls of South Africa in Dub [various artists]; Label: Echo Beach/African Dope
Suns of Dub - Rebel Lion Dub
Album: download; Label: soundcloud.com
Prince Far-I & the Arabs - Dub to Africa
Album: Dub to Africa; Label: Pressure Sounds
Ghetto Muffin - Isikhalo
Album: The Sound of Dub - Rare and Soundful Pearls of South Africa in Dub [various artists]; Label: Echo Beach/African Dope
Udokotela Shange Namajaha - Awungilobolele
Album: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto [various artists]; Label: Shanachie
Nelcy Sebide - Holotelani
Album: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto [various artists]; Label: Shanachie
Michael Rose - African Dub
Album: African Dub; Label: M
Professor Trance & the Energisers - Drumming Circle
Album: Shaman's Breath; Label: Island
various (including Oliver Tambo) - Radio Freedom broadcast excerpt
Album: Radio Freedom [various artists]; Label: Rounder
Lucky Dube - Hero
Album: The Other Side; Label: Heartbeat
Nkulee Dube - Umendo
Album: My Way; Label: Native Rhythms Prod.
Labi Siffre - (Something Inside) So Strong
Album: 12"; Label: Chrysalis
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Africa Unite
Album: Songs of Freedom 4cd box; Label: Island/Tuff Gong
DJ Dope - Jimmy Kills Us
Album: Cape Town Beats; Label: African Dope/Jarring Effects
Miriam Makeba - Emabhaceni
Album: Sangoma; Label: WB
Hugh Masekela - Bring Him Back home
Album: Tomorrow; Label: WB
Black Roots - Africa
Album: In Session; Label: Makasound
Jah Sabi - Africa
Album: Remember Soweto 76-86 [various artists]; Label: Konkurrel
Zion Dirty Sound - Mama Africa (ft. Sista Raphalle)
Album: Fils d'Abraham; Label: Dubophonic
Najavibes & Mad Professor - Africa Dub
Album: Musical Road in Dub; Label: Naja Tree
King Tubby - Africa Pt. 2
Album: Essential Dub Masters; Label: Goldenlane
Felix Laband - Run, Alive, Run
Album: The Sound of Dub - Rare and Soundful Pearls of South Africa in Dub [various artists]; Label: Echo Beach/African Dope
The Special AKA - Nelson Mandela '88 (ft. Ndonda Khuze & Jonas Mgwangwa)
Album: Stereo-Typical - A's, B's and Rarities; Label: EMI/2Tone
The Special AKA - Nelson Mandela (instrumental)
Album: 12"; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Mad Professor - Battle of Ciskei
Album: Anti-Racist Dub Broadcaast; Label: Ariwa
Robert Wyatt & the SWAPO Singers - The Wind of Change
Album: 12"; Label: Rough Trade
Hugh Masekela - Sharpeville
Album: grrr; Label: Mercury
Third World - Love Is Out to Get You
Album: 12"; Label: Columbia
Burning Spear - One Africa
Album: Jah Is Real; Label: s-r
Hugh Masekela - Ntjilo Ntjilo
Album: grrr; Label: Mercury
Rico - Africa
Album: Roots to the Bone; Label: Mango
Rico - Dial Africa
Album: Roots to the Bone; Label: Mango
Rico - Lumumba
Album: Roots to the Bone; Label: Mango
Dub Caravan meets Hornsman Coyote - Innocent Blood
Album: Breath of Peace; Label: Dream Camel
Dub Caravan meets Hornsman Coyote - Innocent Horns
Album: Breath of Peace; Label: Dream Camel
Prince Far-I - Silver and Gold
Album: Silver and Gold 1973-1979; Label: B&F
Prince Far-I - Silver and Gold version
Album: Silver and Gold 1973-1979; Label: B&F
King Tubby & Yabby You - Zambia Dub
Album: Rough Guide to Dub [various artists]; Label: WMN/Rough Guide
Bob Andy - I've Got to Go Back Home
Album: Bob Andy's Song Book; Label: Studio 1
Mad Professor - Buthelezi Trump Card
Album: Anti-Racist Dub Broadcaast; Label: Ariwa
Fela Anikulapo Kuti - Go Slow
Album: Music is the Weapon of the Future; Label: Exworks/Movieplay Gold
Sky high & the Mau Mau - South Africa
Album: Sky High in Dubland vol. 1; Label: Sky High
Buford O'Sullivan - Winter Storm Warning
Album: the club of hopes and fears; Label: Ska Satellite
Billie Holiday/Yesking - I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (excerpt)
Album: Verve Christmas Remixed; Label: Verve
Program: 
Air Date: 
December 11, 2013

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