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Gary Jackson

in The DJs
August 14, 2019

The Gary Jackson Radio Show is packed with special features - not for the audience's benefit, but because at his age just staying awake for two hours is tough enough, and every little helps! When he's not convincing famous presenters that their jobs are safe, Gary writes a monthly sixties music column for the Hampshire Chronicle newspaper. Tune in every Tuesday at 10pm Pacific only on www.african.fm

On Bring Backs the musician revisits his youth in Newham, his home borough in East London.

Alfa Mist is deeply attached to Newham, a place that plays host to an infinite variety of musical types, including grime and hip hop. He defines his album, Bring Backs, as a way to explore his musical education. Alfa Mist has been producing hip hop beats since he was thirteen years old, claiming to have been inspired by the London rapper Kano, as well as the American hip hop group Little Brother. This multi-instrumentalist also feels a sense of nostalgia, recalling his past as a drummer on the streets of London.

In Bring Backs, Alfa Mist wants to combine all this with the depth and intricacy of jazz, one of the greatest revelations of his life. Indeed, it was while searching for useful tracks to sample that he happily stumbled upon the jazz tradition and proceeded to fall into a world of jazz musicality. As a result, he felt a “need to learn how to play the piano.” In the video for “Run Outs,” captivating representations of the Underground pass by, just like the passing of time, which carries with it our memories, many of them tinged with bittersweet sensory nostalgia.

The entire album will be available via ANTI- Records on April 23. In the meantime, you can pre-order it here.

Listen to “Run Outs” on our Songs of the Week playlist, on Spotify and Deezer.

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For his second album, the Cameroonian guitarist Indy Dibongue delivers Bebey Blues, a perfect symbiosis between jazz-rock and African heritage.

Francis Bebey’s musical soul runs through the whole of this album, in which Indy Dibongue rearranges the pieces, accompanying them with his own compositions. Francis Bebey is one of the most influential musicians of 20th Century  Cameroonian music. Deeply inspired by Tony Allen, one of the pioneers of afrobeat, who unfortunately passed away in 2020, the guitarist brings together different eras and cultures in his music. He is notably influenced by Cameroon and Paris, where he trained in a jazz school dedicated to professional musicians.

After spending several years as an accompanying musician, he released his first album, Squatting at Neverland, in 2014. His challenge on Bebey Blues? To honor the beautiful eclectic and cosmopolitan musical heritage of Africa. It is a true tribute to Francis Bebey, who said: “Africa today is at the crossroads of many cultures. We Africans of today carry it within us. We are the North/South dialogue before the letter!

The album will be released on February 1 and will be available on all digital platforms, via Iroko Sound.

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