Last chance to grab the Ezana Stone Session remixes of tracks from Dub Colossus's recent album Addis Through the Looking Glass. Real World has been releasing them at the rate of one a week, and this is the final week, so go grab 'em before they disappear.
The remixes are sort of a promo for the 15-track Dub Me Tender, Vol. 1 & 2 which dropped just this morning.
You'll need to "Like" the Facebook page to access the free set of remixes, but that's not too much to ask for what we consider to be some pretty groovy mixes. (Remember to use the arrow buttons to look back through the series and download all ten tracks.)
For anyone new to Dub Colossus, they're a group of Ethiopian and British musicians who happen to be one of most inventive fusion acts of recent years, transporting audiences to the sultry clubs and pounding dancehalls of Addis Ababa with their blend of contemporary and traditional Ethiopian styles, jazz and dub reggae. They've released two successful albums so far (the one mentioned above and A Town Called Addis), and Dub Me Tender is a collection of remixes of selected tracks from these two albums, plus four new tracks.
The Ethiopian group members consist of female vocalists Tsedenia Gebremarkos, a fine, soulful performer, and Sintayehu 'Mimi' Zenebe who runs a nightclub in Addis, the extraordinary young pianist Samuel Yirga, veteran saxophonist and jazz exponent Feleke Hailu and azmari Teremage Woretaw, exponent of the one-stringed mesenqo violin. UK members are Dubulah (aka Nick Page), plus musicians who joined Dub Colossus on their second album: reggae singer Mykaell Riley (Steel Pulse), drummer Nick Van Gelder (Jamiroquai), the Horns of Negus brass section, bass work from Dr Das (Asian Dub Foundation), and double bass from Bernard O'Neill (Syriana).
Listen, enjoy the vibes and go grab some free dub!
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_wehgene_almamegretta_mix.mp3 Almamegretta's roots remix of Wehgene, featuring Tirudel Zenebe on vocals
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_tringo_bimbamatic_mix.mp3 Bimbamatic's dance remix of Tringo, featuring Sintayehu "Mimi" Zenebe
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_yezema_meseret_madame_diop_mix.mp3 French/Senegalese Madame Diop and producer Monsieur le Fou's atmospheric left field remix of Yezema Meseret yields a slow brooding dark-lounge classic!
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_wey_fikir_janaka_selekta_mix.mp3 Janaka Selekta's skankin' remix of Wey Fikir, featuring the great vocals of Tsedenia G-Marqos.
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_medina_eccodek_mix.mp3 Eccodek's Medina Veil of Dub mix (originally on the EP Rockers Meet Addis Uptown) is a dubbed out remix of a traditional song from Northen Ethiopia (Gondar) featuring the voice and messenqo of Teremage Woretaw.
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_selemi_pt_2_nick_van_gelder_mix.mp3 Nick Van Gelder's dubbed out remix of Selemi Pt.2; this track is also originally from the Addis Meets Rockers Uptown EP.
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_wey_fikir_david_chazam_mix.mp3 David Chazam (known for his Buddah Bar contributions and Ethiopiques nights DJ-ing) also reworks the track Wey Fikir.
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_kuratu_mills_and_boom_mix.mp3 Mills and Boom (who have worked for Femi Kuti and Owiny Sigoma among many others), rework the track Kuratu (featuring Tsedenia Gebremarkos and Samuel Yirga) into a funk rhythm fest. Bongo fury meets bass culture.
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_tringo_hideous_wheel_invention_mix.mp3 Hideous Wheel Invention totally reworks the track Tringo, originally sung by Sintayehu "Mimi" Zenebe, to create this ecstatic club global-acid-techno frenzy.
http://content.omroep.nl/ghettoradio/musicblog/dub_colossus_addis_through_the_looking_glass_ramjac_mix.mp3 Final remix in the series is by performance artist and remixer Ramjac, whose mix of of Addis Through the Looking Glass is a thing of analogue beauty.