The first official Electro Chaabi release outside of Egypt, we think so.
Generation Bass presents: The Best of Sadat and Alaa Fifty Cent
Just when you thought it was safe, Generation Bass drops another massive release on you.This is the first official release by Sadat and Alaa Fifty Cent, the founders and pioneers of mahraganat or Electro Chaabi as it is called in the west. This group was the very first to sing, record and upload wedding songs that later became known as “Mahraganat” or “Festival” songs. Kicking everything off with an ode to their city Al Salam, these three young dudes took their neighbourhood, their city, their country and then the internet by storm. This is the sound of a revolution, the sound of kids that don’t take it anymore and demand freedom, or at the very least, Five Pound Phone credit as one of their most famous songs will tell you!
Their sound is the crossover between rap and traditional, street music. The lyrics are inspired by the street culture with all its social problems and issues, and that’s a lot considering the state of Cairo right now. They gained a steady following by playing weddings, as most artists do in Egypt. It’s not a wedding like you’ve ever seen before though. It’s hours of relentless dancing and singing, starting slowly in the afternoon and going on all night. There’s no alcohol, its an all natural high, with people swinging fire bowls, climbing on roofs and walls, dancing like their life depends on it.
Although there are two names billed, Sadat and Alaa Fifty Cent, the third guy in the outfit might be the most important one. Producer Amr Haha effortless mixes traditional instruments and riffs with whatever he can lay his hands on. Auto-tuning the vocals into oblivion, his dense layers of sound are closer to the avant-garde then the street rap that has inspired him. More Wordsound than G Unit. This album is 14 cuts deep with equal footing between the all out brass dancing songs and the slower, easy going songs that focus more on the lyrics. These songs can be heard all over the troubled streets of Cairo right now, and we at Generation Bass are happy to now share them with the rest of the world as well!
2. GIVE ME THE CHANCE
6.FOUGHT IN THE NAME OF RELIGION
7.FIVE POUNDS CREDIT
8.FIVE POPE, ADLKLOUET, PREVAILED
9.WILL CALL FOR SOMEONE
10.ON MY CORPSE
11.THE MIXING SECRET
12.MOLED EL MADF3GEA
13.MAHGRAN EL GEL EL FALTA
14MAHGRAN (I WILL NOT GO)
Here’s a mix I did which was aired last Friday on Danish Radio for the Spacebounce show.
Here’s my mix:
Check out the full show too as it contains some great stuff:
EXCLUSIVE GUEST MIX FROM THE CONCEPTUAL DJ, @djumb : reaching for the next level
Podcast of the Danish radio show, “SPACEBOUNCE”. A Danish radio show with love for underground electronic music; everything from experimental electronica to baile funk, deep house, footwork, juke, future lazer bass, tropical glitch, 808 and transnational moombahton.
Aired September 27, 2013. Sent from universitetsradioen 95,5 FM and uradio.dk
On air every second friday from 22-23:00 GMT1 on Universitetsradioen.dk
Radio host: Lotus Kisbye
Next show: October 11
Upcoming exclusive mix: VINÌ / @VINÍ
Nanome – Empty House
The XX – Chained (Liar remix)
Okapii – Gattu (Rewolmer remix)
Nick cave and the bad seeds – Push the sky (Rosa Lux & T.Finland edit)
Vinnie Who – 39 (brynjolfur remix)
Liar – Sixteen
Stagga – the zones of bones
DJ UMB – Exclusive Spacebounce mix – Zouk Bass:
1. Ancestral Club – Zoudreambia
2. Insane Fennel – Remote Places
3. Pa Kongal – Melocha
4. Dance Kill Move – Dedos
5. Chuck Upbeat – Something In The Jungle
6. DZC – Suspense
7. Dengue Dengue Dengue – Lokumba
8. Red Milk & JSTJR – Kling Kling
9. Crooked Bois – INU
10. Babel-Ish – 1608 Reasons Why I Love U
VINÌ & Comrade – Vai! (favela twerk remix)
The awesome Acid Arab have premiered a brilliant new track from their forthcoming EP which also includes tracks from the legendary DJ Grégory and other names also include Legowelt, Professor Genius and DJ Gilb’r.
Cool remix Ep here released on Akwaaba. Loved the original track and my pick of the bunch out of the remixes is the DJ X-Trio Afro House one and we dropped a free album by him yesterday on the blog here. Check them out by streaming here:
In Edoheart’s own words:
“Sosomoneycockplease is spelled as one word. The name comes from a poem I wrote about coming to America for the first time. “Dem tell me say na soso money dey.” means “They told me there was so much money.” Using the Internet, everybody can find out that there’s lots of poor people in America. Before, you only had the stories that people returning home told you and all the stories were always about unbelievable wealth.”
“Sosomoneycockplease has gotten more special to me as time has gone by. I feel I really put my finger on the pulse of a particular feeling, why it is that so many of us are desperate for money, and how it is that the dream of riches so often seems impossible. The rooster crowing feels like a perfect punctuation mark to what is generally a lie. You can’t just come to America and get rich.”
“If you speak Nigerian pidgin English, you’ll know that a lot of the lyrics are actually begging for money while pretending to be alright. Like, “Na you be di oga sha,” which is slang for coyly saying, “You’re the big boss, why don’t you pay for it?” or “You know pepper pepper don reach.” which means “I’m able to buy enough pepper for my food.” People ask about the word ‘cock’. I’m referring to roosters but I am well aware of the connotation so if the shoe fits… There’s definitely a metaphor being made between wealth and flight. Roosters cannot fly no matter how loudly they crow. I sing ‘please’ because sometimes you’re broke and you have to beg your way up. ”
What better wasy to kick start the new site than with this, the latest official release on the Generation Bass label by the highly underrated American producer, Kameronessi.
A beautiful and awesome EP that we loved so much that we needed for it to be part of our catalogue with the hope that we would be able to bring a lot more awareness to it.
The Dankles said, “Utilizing sounds that range from electric guitar to piano and beyond, Kameronessi paints a picture with every track he releases. Exploring new worlds and solidifying the fact that tracks can become “masterpieces” without turning the inside of a venue into a pigpen, the sounds of Kameronessi will invoke a deeper connection to music than most can transmit in a few minute time frame.”
The Get Downn mentioned, “Regardless of your listening space, Kameronessi has the power to transport you far far away, be it within our galaxy or another. The sound structure and overabundance of instrumentation are unlike anything we’ve experienced in quite some time, and the world-music-flow and tropical-feeling percussion bring to mind thoughts of greats like Govinda and The Orb.” – The Get Downn
“Knick Knacks and Nebulas”, the new EP Kameronessi cinematically highlights. This is clearly music that evokes images. With a good foundation in the folkloric, however the tracks of “Knick Knacks and Nebulas” are not from a defined source. As if it takes instrumental performance from around the world without having to handle a particular language. And that suggestion is deformed by different digital transformations routing parts to the more abstract IDM, and ambient touches of indietrónicos..” – Cassette Blog
KNICK KNACKS & NEBULAS
1. TRINKETS & STARS
2. NOMADIC LANGUAGE
4. MORNING DEW
5. FIND ME ON A BEACH
6. THE SECRET DOOR
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Thanks also to Mauricio Zuniga for doing al the hard work on the database transfer and integration.
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