The third Que Bajo release has arrived! This time Uproot Andy teams up with Que Bajo partner Geko Jones, and longtime collaborator Chief Boima to present remixes of the beautiful music of Suriname.
Faluma, a song originally written by Ai Sa Si in the Saamáka language from Suriname, is a classic Caribbean tune covered by countless kaseko, bubbling, soca, and hip hop groups. Through its various incarnations it would become a pan-Caribbean hit, reaching Europe and North America through their countless immigrant communities. Geko Jones and Chief Boima team up in their Africa Latina incarnation to bring Faluma across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa. Remixing it in an Afro-House style inspired by the current scenes in Portugal, Angola, and the Netherlands, this one is especially made for the sing-a-long section of the night!
Luku A Meisje is Que Bajo’s take on Prince Koloni’s beautiful aléké music from the interior of Suriname. One of the most gifted voices anywhere in the world today, Prince Koloni is a hero in the proud African communities of the Northern Amazon. His biography is an amazing story of the continuation of African traditions in the America’s, as his dedication to his people and cultural roots have persisted even in the face of his own displacement from war. Andy and Geko do their part to bring the spirit of Africa in the Amazon to the clubs of New York and beyond!
Check out Africa Latina on tour in the U.S. in May!
The second release from Que Bajo records, Uproot Andy’s Worldwide Ting Vol. 2. picks up where Vol. 1 left off, with 6 more remixes of 6 musical styles from 6 distinct parts of the world!
'America' sees the K’naan tune that sampled Ethiopia’s Mulatu Astatke, as well as Astatke’s original both remixed and joined together by a heavy swinging cumbia rhythm. ‘El Forastero’ remixes Galileo’s version of a Colombian salsa classic with the most blazing horns. ‘Bassoue’ is a dancehall and dembow take on a feel good Calypso tune by Les Rapaces from Guadeloupe. ‘Raba Raba’ remixes Algeria’s Khaled aka the King of Raï. ‘Camino a Colombia’ punches up the Mexican sonidero style cumbia of New York based Estrellas de la Kumbia and ‘Bonina’ rounds it out with a remix of the ciranda tune by Brazil’s Siba e A Fuloresta. All with a heavy dose of bass, plenty of dembow, and those Uproot Andy synth melodies.
The first release on Que Bajo records, Uproot Andy’s Worldwide Ting Vol. 1, is a 5 song EP of club ready remixes. 5 different musical styles from 5 different countries, all re-imagined with that special Uproot Andy touch.
Homenaje a Justino by Grupo Socavon, a Rumba Timbiquíreña from the marimba ensemble from the Pacific coast region of Colombia. Mangala Special by Kabaka International Guitar Band is highlife from Nigeria. Sada Vasda Rahe Punjab by Mahendra Kapoor is pre-bhangra folk music from the Panjab region of India. Lamento de un Guajiro is a New York salsa classic from Fania All Stars. And, Luna Negra by Los Cojolites from Vera Cruz, Mexico.
1. Worldwide Dembow (ft. Pablo Piddy) - Uproot Andy
2. Homenaje a Justino (Uproot Andy RMX) - Grupo Socavon
3. El Forastero (Uproot Andy RMX) - Galileo y Su Banda
4. Raba Raba (Uproot Andy RMX) - Khaled
5. Bassoue (Uproot Andy RMX) - Les Rapaces
6. Guacha (Uproot Andy RMX) - Frikstailers
7. Lamento de un Guajiro (Uproot Andy RMX) - Fania All Stars
8. Luna Negra (Uproot Andy RMX) - Los Cojolites
9. Camino a Colombia (Uproot Andy RMX) - Estrellas de la Kumbia
10. America (Uproot Andy RMX) - Mulatu Astatke vs. K’naan ft. Mos Def
11. Sada Vasda Rahe Punjab (Uproot Andy RMX) - Mahendra Kapoor
12. Sina Makossa (Uproot Andy & Chief Boima RMX) - Les Wanyika
13. Bonina (Uproot Andy RMX) - Siba e A Fuloresta
14. Mangala Special (Uproot Andy RMX) - Kabaka International Guitar Band