The Sounds Behind Sound
"Candomble" by Mário Castro Neves. Cut Chemist namechecked this track without hesitation as "a big one." Find it on Mário Castro Neves & Samba S.A. (1967).
"Water No Get Enemy" by Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa '70, on Expensive Shit (1975), an indispensable Fela classic.
"Alèmyé" by Mahmoud Ahmed, compiled on volume 19 of the groundbreaking Ethiopiques collection.
"Emnete" by Mulatu Astatke, now available on the handy New York-Addis-London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975. "I performed opening up for [Ethiopian jazz legend] Mulatu when he played in L.A. for Mochilla's Timeless series," says a proud Cut Chemist. "He's been playing the kind of music we've just discovered for years — and he's over it! He was playing some newer stuff for me, and it sounded pretty cool. He's trying to experiment."
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