Chief Boima Shares 'Global Hyphy' Mixtape For Feel Up Radio

Global bass head Chief Boima recently dropped a new West-Coast hip-hop meets kwaito inspired mixtape 'Mustard With Pepe.'

Global bass head Chief Bomia recently dropped a new West-Coast hip-hop meets kwaito inspired mixtape Mustard With Pepe for Feel Up Radio Vol. 18. The Brazil-to-Brooklyn based explained his selections to Feel Up Records:

"So the idea behind the mix stems from a conversation that I had with my colleagues at Africa is a Country about how Southern and West Coast rap influence in US mainstream music has been able to allow kwaito influences to return to mainstream South African hip-hop. And I’ve noticed for a while that the current zeitgeist of DJ Mustard-inspired beats infecting the US mainstream has also touched a nerve globally. However, what sometimes goes unrecognized when talking about DJ Mustard’s sonic dominance, is the influence that the Bay Area’s hyphy movement had on his sound. And since global hyphy is kind of my thing, I thought I would mix some of my own experiments in the sound, with some current Mustard-influenced tracks from around the world (starting in Africa and moving to Latin America), to highlight how influential the Bay Area’s humble local hip-hop scene has actually become."

Be prepared to get down with Afrikan Boy, Too $hort, New Boyz, E-40, Plan B and more during this global hyphy pump-up mix. Chief Boima has a few Northeast dates set up starting with Feel Up Radio Sound Splash Party at the Dream Downtown later this month. Check out the rest of his dates and stream Chief Boima's Mustard With Pepe mixtape below.

Feel Up Records Vol.18 - Chief Boima - Mustard with Pepe by Feel Up Records on Mixcloud

Chief Boima Summer 2015 Tour Dates:

June 19th – Pico Picante in Boston

June 21st– Dream Downtown in New York

June 26th – Afropolitans at Meridian 23 in New York

July 11th – Harbour Front Centre in Toronto


7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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