Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Welcome to Musik Line

Musik Line is a journal / blog dedicated to sound system culture and to African, Caribbean and other music. I update it irregularly with articles, interviews, mixes, reviews and other interesting sonic and literary fragments.

Current features are:

Riddim Shack 4

- Big big business

Cutting and Running in the Zouglou Nation

- Zouglou, coupé-décalé and DJ culture in Côte d'Ivoire

Riddim Shack 3

- Rave o'clock in Dominica

Fade 2 presents Riddim Shack! - The Reload

- Tun up, get low

Interzone Dub

- New album, now available on the Black Redemption label

Riddim Click!

- 90s / 00s dancehall versions

Groupe al-Redha

- Shocking out in Tangier's suburbs

Blue Bar Hotel

- A mix of funk, disco, highlife, soukous and suchlike

Everyday Hustle: Sat. 22 Dec. 2012

- Self-promotion

Gwoka Nation: Jocelyn Gabali and the Music of Guadeloupe

- Struggle, commercialization and why gwoka isn't a tradition


- Bring your airhorns and whistles for this global carnival tour

Mixes Part 1: Dub

- 70s roots, digi, UK steppas, dubstep and beyond

Ras Kush: Sound of Brooklyn

- Black Redemption and the New York sound system scene

Ten years of reggae and dub

- 2k0-2k9

Tambou means drums

- a short mix from the Antilles and Africa

Wall of Sound

- Berlin Wall sound map

African Dancehall and Hip Hop Minimix

- bump and grind

RAW dub style

- the Berlin dub scene and the RAW.tempel

Sofrito and the Antilles

- a musical voyage round the French Caribbean

1315 Broadway, 1988

- a first encounter with The Music Institute and Detroit techno

Empty Barrels Make The Most Noise

- soundboy killing with Stone Love

Gnawa: Music and the Black Diaspora in Morocco

- notes on the gnawa confraternity in Morocco, their history and identity, from the sixteenth century to the present day

Play the Music Stand Tall Man!

- dancehall session from the Stand Tall sound system in Paris, 1993


- the Italian cult of the tarantula, and its relation to music, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Shaka in Africa

- Jah Shaka's history lesson about the repatriation movement, from 1989

Hip Hop in Nouakchott

- a snapshot of the hip hop scene in Mauritania in 2005

Rih: Folk and Blues from Morocco

- mix, with notes, of spiritual and popular music from 1970s Morocco

What is Musik Line?

- music and business with Prince Nico Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz

Stay tuned for future installments. Please feel free to leave your comments, or get in touch via musikline at googlemail com.


Big Big Business

Carnival is a big big bizniiiice, says Olatunji. Round these parts it’s a bizniiice that mixes electronic marimbas, twisted synth licks, basslines deep like the Mariana Trench, scattershot syncopated percussion and excess amounts of bump and clap. From the Caribbean to London to West Africa, this is Riddim Shack 4. Other mixes in the series are here, here and here.


Jean-Marie Bolangassa - Rikikida
MC Boy - Shubbout
RDX - The Bruk Out Song
Point O - Dancing Time Again
Double K - Last Night
TOK - Doing It Big
Trey Pound - Ebe’ano
Ding Dong - Just Lowe Mi
Charly Black - Bubble Dung
QQ - Tip Pon Yuh Toe
Espoir 2000 - Abidjan Farot (RMX)
Leontre - Dancers Anthem
Aidonia - Clock
Mofe Boyo - Gba Brake
Jo Jo - Drum Roll
Kerrecia - Wuk Dah Wuk
Pamputtae - Pon Di Soca
Olatunji - Big Business
Team C2 - Go
Tiwa Savage - Kele Kele Love (Busy Twist RMX)
Atalaku 8 - Siwo VIP
EL - Obuu Mo
Andi-ites and Hiawondah - Herb Tea
Funkystepz - Warrior
Skinny Fabulous - Waist
South Rakkas Crew ft. Catnapp, Rage - Going To The Dancehall

(Thanks to: Hugo Mendez.)