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Rocky Marsiano Samples Rare Cape Verdean, Angolan & Mozambican Records On 'Meu Kamba Vol. Dois'

DJ, MC and producer D-Mars shares Meu Kamba Vol. Dois, under his beat project Rocky Marsiano, the follow-up to his 2014 album Meu Kamba.


Back in 2014, Lisbon-based MC, DJ and producer D-Mars dropped Meu Kamba under his newly created beat project Rocky Marsiano. The semba-infused album, which mixed obscure vinyl from Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique was one of our top 10 albums of the year.

Now, the beatmaker returns with a follow-up project, once again reworking string-filled Afro-Lusophone records into multilayered MPC tracks on Meu Kamba Vol. Dois.

The second installment shares many of the same eclectic elements as the first, but this time around, the musician took his mixing process a step further. "Meu Kamba was made very impulsively. If I felt a track worked, if there was a good balance to it, I didn't go much further with the production because I wanted it to sound raw,” says the artist. “On this new volume I did exactly the opposite: every single track was experimented on, its possibilities tested. So this time around there's a lot more production on every track: bass lines, retro synths, guitar licks, extra vocals, different drum patterns and textures.”

Listen to the album in its entirety below. Meu Kamba Vol. Dois is available now on iTunes/ Spotify/ Amazon and on vinyl via Bandcamp.

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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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