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Rocky Marsiano Samples Semba And Funaná In His 'Ritinha/Djó Djó' EP

Producer Rocky Marsiano releases the new "Ritinha/Djó Djó" EP on Akwaaba Music and announces summer live dates.

Rocky Marsiano Ritinha/Djó Djó

Last year Rocky Marsiano, the project from Lisbon's veteran hip-hop producer/DJ/MC D-Mars, released the 14-track top album of 2014 choice Meu Kamba, which featured samples of classic vinyls from Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique. The LP matched the sounds of semba and funaná guitar to MPC beat compositions geared for the dance floor.


This year Rocky returns with the new Ritinha/Djó Djó EP just in time for summer. The release will feature two singles, "Ritinha" and "Djó Djó," on a limited edition 7" vinyl and include two bonus digital tracks via Rocky's Bandcamp. EP opener 'Ritinha' sees the producer once again mining the grooves of dusty African vinyl and giving the samples new life with the addition of drum beats from the classic TR-909 drum machine.

Rocky Marsiano will also be touring quite a bit this summer and debuting his Meu Kamba live ensemble at Outjazz Festival in Lisbon June 21st; additional show dates are listed below.  You can also listen to two tracks from Rocky's new EP Ritinha/Djó Djó below. Pre-orders for the 7-inch vinyl and digital version are available now on Bandcamp via Akwaaba Music.

Rocky Marsiano Summer 2015 Live Dates

June 9, Meu Kamba Soundsystem, Clube Ferroviário, Lisbon

June 20, Rocky Marsiano DJ set, Music Box, Lisbon

June 21, Meu Kamba Live, Outjazz Festival, Lisbon

June 22, Rocky Marsiano DJ set, Miradouro, São Pedro de Alcantara 

July 31, Meu Kamba Soundsystem, Clube Ferroviário, Lisbon

August 1, Meu Kamba Soundsystem, Ericeira Surf Festival

September 14, Live/DJ set, Incubate Festival, Tilburg

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

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AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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