NYC global bass pioneers Uproot Andy and Geko Jones retrace Semba’s Trans-Atlantic roots in Cuban rumba.
Que Bajo Records drops Angola Ting EP, featuring two golden-era, Angolan semba tracks remixed by New York global bass pioneers Uproot Andy and Geko Jones.
Their releases are aptly timed with the 3-day long Afro-Latino Festival happening in NYC this weekend.
The producer-DJs retrace the roots of Semba—traditional and modern Congolese and Angolan tango—and its trans-Atlantic connection to Cuba’s rumba, but in a modern framework.
“Angolan semba has what seems to be a very Latin sound to our ears and aside from just loving these songs we felt they worked really well in our dj sets as a bridge between Latin music and African music,” Uproot Andy and Geko Jones tells Okayafrica in a statement. “Remixing these tracks seemed like a perfect way to both recall the historical connection and also bring together modern Latin and African electronic music.”
Angola Ting EP is characterized by Afro-house and Dominican dembow rhythms that not only bang in the club but also honor the swing and emotion of the originals.
Be sure to hit up the Afro-Latino Festival from July 8 to 10, featuring stage acts Nina Sky, Maluca, Nickodemus, Rich Medina, Madame Vacile, El Freaky Colectivo, DJ Jigüe, Bulla el Barrio and QUE BAJO?! resident and co-founder GekoJones. In the meantime, check out Uproot Andy and Geko Jones’ jams below: