That’s our main man Frederic Galliano nestled in between the African Divas which formed part of his previous project a little while back.
Of course in the past few years he has been immersed in the KUDURO scene. Indeed, as I said a while back on a feature about him HERE, he is rightfully regarded as being one of the first, if not the first, westerner(s) to champion Kuduro music and bring it over here to western ears. Hence, why he is regarded as the GODFATHER OF KUDURO in the West.
I just wish some of the current Kuduro hipsters on the scene would acknowledge his influence in this respect a little bit more at times.
I know Toy Selectah has at times experienced a similar disservice in connection with the history of Nu-Cumbia.
I, for one, think it’s only fair that tastemakers like Frederic and Toy should be rightfully afforded their deserved respect, well for being there first. Some acknowledgment of that is always important cause man it’s hard work and also sacrificial bringing new foreign genres to home shores.
Man if it was easy we’d all be doing it wouldn’t we but it’s not at the best of times. Plus they have both caressed it with love and a passion and not treated it as a fashion statement or some passing fad or exploited it for their own selfish needs!
Anyway, we’re going to be bringing you loads more about Fred’s current KUDURO SOUND SYSTEM project very soon and trust me it’s gonna BE BIG AND VERY SPECIAL!!!!
For now, we can offer you a remix that he did a little while back of Bang Bang that was especially commissioned by DIPLO. Yes, I know we’ve heard 100’s of different remixes of that track but man listen to this one by Fred as he gives it a Funky Tropical African flava. Man I love the bassline on this baby, which kinda reminds me of Fela Kuti.
Plus it’s an EXCLUSIVE BITCH!!
Whilst we’re here, some links to our main man which I would highly recommend you to check out. For some of you it might turn out to be your own min-history lesson in modern African music tastemakers, with the greatest of respect.