31 March 2013

Coming soon! NZ Soul All Dayer

NZ Soul All Dayer
New Zealand's premier soul music event
An all day celebration of soul music
Sat 11 May
Golden Dawn
For more info...
Or contact: nzsoulalldayer@gmail.com

20 March 2013

Playlist: Wax Wenerei "Stones Throw x Now Again x Radio Ponsonby"

Every Wednesday on Radio Ponsonby I play an all-vinyl selection, and this week it was dedicated to a bunch of tunes from the Stones Throw and Now Again labels. Heavy funk, sideways jazz and flipped instrumental hip hop abounds, as I wade through a hand-picked set of pieces taken from two of the finest "underground" labels around.

(OK, I admit there's also a piece in there from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's Suite For Ma Dukes project - but I don't think Wolf or Egon would mind this particular detour...)

Timothy McNealy | Sagittarius Black {7"} [NA503072B]
Sound Directions | Skyscrapers {7"} [STH4005] *Fan Club 45
Koushik | Nothing's The Same {7"} [STH7030]
James Pants | Future Delight {7"} [STH4027] *Fan Club 45
Mr. Magic & Pookie Blow | Earth Break {12"} [STH2056]
Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf | Red Light Green Light {Big Shots LP} [STH2077]
J.Rocc | Play (This One) {12"} [STH2054]
Yesterday's New Quintet | Elle's Theme {12"} [STH2034]
Yesterday's New Quintet | Uno Esta {12"} [STH20401]
Yesterday's New Quintet | Golden Lady {Stevie LP} [STH2086]
Malik Flavors | Early Dawn {Ugly Beauty 12" EP} [STH2072]
Suite For Ma Dukes | Nag Champa {Suite For Ma Dukes EP} [MOLP006]
Mayer Hawthorne | A Strange Arrangement {A Strange Arrangement LP} [STH2219]
Mayer Hawthorne | Just Ain't Gonna Work Out {7"} [STH7028] *That Red Heart-Shaped Vinyl
L.A. Carnival | Flyin' {The L.A. Carnival Would Like To Pose A Question LP} [NA5009]
The Detroit Sex Machines | The Stretch (Egon's edit) {12"} [NA5016]
The Keystones with Malcolm Catto | The Shadows Of Leaves {Blood's Haul OST LP} [NA2004A]
Connie Price & The Keystones with Lester Abrams and Leslie Smith of The L.A. Carnival | Wildflowers {12"} [NA5013]
The Soul Seven | Mr. Chicken ---- {12"} [NA2005A]
Lil' Lavair & The Fabulous Jades | Cold Heat {Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974 Vol. 1 LP} [NA50171]
Kashmere Stage Band | I Wish (Todd Terry remix) {12"} [NA5025B]
Ebony Rhythm Band | Drugs Ain't Cool {Soul Heart Transplant: The Lamp Sessions LP} [NA50111]
Leon Mitchison & The Eastex Freeway Band | Street Scene {12"} [NA5018]
Carleen & The Groovers | The Thing {12"} [NA5015]
Aloe Blacc | Take Me Back {12"} [STH2246]
Jaylib | The Red {12"} [STH2061]
Madvillain | America's Most Blunted {Madvillainy LP} [STH2065]
Dam-Funk | When 80mph Feels Like 20 {7"} [STH7033} *Stones Throw x Stussy Japan

14 March 2013

Interview: Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela is a lion of a man.

At 70-odd years of age, the man has seen more than most of us would even consider possible. Exiled from his homeland of South Africa aged just 21, Masekela spent the next thirty years playing, recording and/or touring with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Paul Simon, Bob Marley, U2 and many, many, many more. He has recorded more than forty albums under his own name, topped the US charts, played the infamous Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, toured the globe countless times and (with longtime friend Stewart Levine) put together Zaire '74, the concert in Kinshasa held at the time of the 'Rumble In The Jungle' boxing fight between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman. He is a recipient of the coveted 'Keepers Of The Flame' award and a consistently strong voice for the rights of Africans and indigenous peoples.

And he spent fifteen minutes of his time speaking with me on Radio Ponsonby.

Have a listen here, or in the player below...