GENERATION BASS : ARABIC COLLECTION

GB ARABIC COLLECTION

We’ve released a fair bit of music inspired by the Middle East and North Africa in our 4 years as a label. Here’s a playlist of all our releases so you can check them out and maybe you’ll stumble across stuff you might have missed in the past.

There’s a whole load more to come into the future!

CELT ISLAM : SUFI DUB FREEBIES

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Might as well be Islam day on Generation Bass as Islam is taking over and responsible for all the problems in the world..lol..

Our brother and Sufi Dub Master of the High Order of the Islaminati is back with some deep & delicious Sufi Dub driven gems from his new album “Generation Bass” (greatest album title ever).

Grab them while you can and also check out his new track too, his ode to the Sasquatch!


DEEJAY NO BREAKFAST : ISLAMTRONIC PART 2

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Have not had a chance to check this out yet but anything with Arabian Vybz is always gonna be my cuppa.  Also includes some tracks from our Electro Chaabi Sadat release and so an added bonus.

ISLAMTRONIC part II – MVDX n°89 – 12/02/14 – radio FMR 89.1 by Dj No Breakfast on Mixcloud

ISLAMTRONIC ( part II )
2 hours of contemporary music from North African and Middle Eastern artists , but also from international artists strongly influenced by the arab culture.
Expect old folkloric melodies, wise MCs using unknown languages, solid beats and strong bass lines!

*ISLAMTRONIC ( Part I ) is still available for listening/downloading here: ISLAMTRONIC

12.02.14 ► Mamie Van Doren In Xanadu n°89 / radio FMR 89.1 (Toulouse, Fr.)

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THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED : POV [ADM – ARABIC DANCE MUSIC]

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As a DJ my whole thing has been Arabic beats from the first time I started, it’s what inspired me to get into djaying. Most of my best gigs have always involved playing Arabic Beats and I use to throw some of the best Arabic Pop & Club parties known to the UK.

It kinda went stale in or about 2007 and I’ve been waiting for an Arabic Club renaissance ever since then.  I think it’s finally starting to come and maybe better than ever before.

With dudes like Acid Arab and now POV, the Arabic Beat Revolution is upon us.

POV is Joakim and Crackboy and they say they make Acid Arab Techno just like Acid Arab. Acid Arab did not make the first Acid Arab/Techno but they are at the helm of its renaissance and POV are right up there with them with these 2 awesome tracks.

To say I am excited would be a huge understatement:

Tip O’ Hat 2 my trusted aide Anna K!

Hannah Habibi : Pop Art & Islam [Art]

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I luv Arabic music and also any kind of kick-ass Arabic Art or Arabic “influenced” Art and so you’re gonna see a lot of this kind of stuff in this new art section in the coming months.

Here’s some work that I discovered a few months back when I was looking for new cover inspirations for my recent ArabTronix mixtape series and this stuff just blew me away. I found it refreshing, humourous and tongue in cheek and quite different to anything I’ve ever seen before.

It’s work by a London based artist Hannah Habibi Hopkins.

Here’s what her website says about her:

Hannah Habibi Hopkin is a London based artist whose work explores gender, religion and identity. Her current work turns traditional concepts of embroidery, as a romanticised pastime for a docile woman, into a ‘weapon of resistance’ against gender constraints.

She did a very revealing interview for a BBC Religion & Ethics website and so I’ll be taking a lot of text from that interview to explain her work.

The artist traces her fascination with the Arab world back to her 14th birthday: “I was given a CD of an Egyptian singer, a lady singing rather tragic and wonderful songs. It didn’t really mean anything to me at that time, but as time went on I became obsessed with the songs and the culture.”

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The evoking Egyptian music was the soundtrack of a personal journey. Ms Hopkin converted to Islam when she was 24 and wore the full hijab for several years.

The experience of being a white, blue-eyed girl wearing traditional Muslim dress in Britain, and the different ways in which people responded to it, was the spark for many of her works.

“I was regularly interrogated and asked why I was wearing the hijab,” she says. When she explained that it was due to her faith, many would go on to ask her why she was a Muslim, as they were puzzled by her non-Middle Eastern appearance.

“I find that people often project stereotypes upon you when you’re wearing a scarf,” she explains.

“Certain items of clothing, such as hijab and abaya, have become invested with such potent politicised symbolism – the wearer’s personal identity becomes secondary to her outward appearance.”

IM A LOVER NOT A FIGHTER

According to Ms Hopkin, the media often use images of women wearing Muslim dress to illustrate stories about oppression, or as a backdrop for reports on terrorism.

These are some of the stereotypes that she is keen to challenge through the use of familiar, accessible forms of art, such as pop art and comic-like graphics.

Her love of pop art guru Roy Lichtenstein, which blossomed when she was a child, is evident in many of her paintings. Like Lichtenstein, Ms Hopkin sometimes uses speech bubbles, a device typical of cartoon strips, to convey her message playfully.

Hannah Habibi Hopkin 'If you could see her through my eyes...'

In one of the canvases, a woman looks at the viewer through her niqab, as the text above her face reads: ‘If you could see her though my eyes…’, a reference to the song of the same title in the musical ‘Cabaret’.

The song tells of a man who is facing disapproval from his community because he has fallen in love with a Jewish woman. Ms Hopkins explains that she juxtaposed the lyrics with the image of a woman wearing a niqab because she feels there is a similar prejudice against Muslims today.

“There is also a play on words with the reference to eyes and the fact that the woman is wearing a niqab and all you can see are her eyes,” she adds.

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A political undertone pervades Ms Hopkin’s bold adaptation of the proverbial ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’, which was inspired by the events taking place in Egypt in 2011 during the so-called Arab Spring.

Ms Hopkins recalls following the reports closely: “There was a lot of graffiti springing up that was overtly critical of the government,” she says.

“This  (above) piece is influenced by the visuals that I was seeing spray painted on the streets. The message is about censorship: it started off looking at the concept of state censorship, but also self-censorship, when people are too afraid or unable to speak.”

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  • The word hijab comes from the Arabic for veil and is used to describe the headscarves worn by Muslim women
  • The niqab is a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear
  • The burqa is the most concealing of all Islamic veils. It covers the entire face and body, leaving just a mesh screen to see through

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Ms Hopkin is also aware of the “thriving Muslim feminist movement worldwide”, which she says is supported not only by women but also many Muslim men and has created debate among the disparate subcultures of Muslim womanhood.

“I feel that if only the voices of Muslim women were presented a little more by the media, rather than simply being ‘talked about’, we would all benefit and become a little more understanding of one another.”

WE CAN DO IT_  Hannah Habibi

LINKS:

HANNAH HABIBI WEBSITE

TWITTER

TEXT taken from:

Hannah Habibi: Joining the dots between pop art and Islam

Vieux Farka Touré – Mon Pays (My Country)

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Mali is a hot spot for creative and beautiful music. Maybe it is just me but it seems like right now a lot of new music is coming from there more than usual. If beautiful is the word to hang on, I would like to add “moving” as well in the case of  Vieux Farka Touré.

He shows the moving beauty of Malian traditional music with his modern sound as a way to shed light on the darkness occurring in his home country right now. Tuareg and Islamic rebels have been fighting over territory since January 2012 and Vieux Farka Touré wants to remind us of the beautiful culture and music of his homeland.

For me it is a statement for the world that this land is for the sons and daughters of Mali, not for Al Qaeda or any militants. This land is for peace and beauty, rich culture and tolerance.This is our heritage, what we must always fight to protect in any way that we can. For me, that means making music that reminds the world of who we are.

He does just that with his new album Mon Pays on Six Degrees Records

I have the lovely album Mon Pays (My Country) streaming and for purchase below but also have this free one to give away first.

CELT ISLAM : IS GONNA BLOW…..YOUR MIND….!

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My brother Celt Islam been a player in the Dub scene for as long as I can remember and he’s still going strong, doing his own thing and he continues to do it in a way that no-one else can duplicate!

Some freebies here only for a limited time and so grab them fast:

And listen to this beauty : ASTRO SUFI!

DON'T PANIC CAUSE HE'S ISLAMIC : CELT ISLAM FREE DOWNIES

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Transnational Dubstep Don is gonna blow you away with some mighty fine free bombs here, so don’t panic just cause he’s islamic (sorry about the puns).

Ginger people will be America’s next enemy as predicted by M.I.A.

Grab them while you can before Kim Jong Un gets to them first!

DEEP SUFI MEDITATION…

I just picked up some totally awesome SUFI MEDITATIVE music from the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog. You probably know that one, if not, git yer behind over there, because it totally kills. This is vocal music again, same as my post on Ensemble Tirana. Mainstream scholars of Islam define sufism as simply the name for the inner or esoteric dimension of Islam. Classical Sufi scholars have defined Sufism as “a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God”. Alternatively, in the words of the Darqawi Sufi teacher Ahmad ibn Ajiba, “a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine, purify one’s inner self from filth, and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits”.

check this great music out here:
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Classical Sufis were characterised by their attachment to dhikr (a practice of repeating the names of God) and asceticism. Sufism gained adherents among a number of Muslims as a reaction against the worldliness of the early Umayyad Caliphate (661-750 CE). Sufis have spanned several continents and cultures over a millennium, at first expressed through Arabic, then through Persian, Turkish and a dozen other languages. There’s more on this, as well as a big pile of information on African Islam/Sufi music and teachings from another blog called African Music Treasures:

Since the 9th century there have been several different Islamic waves that have washed across the Malian Sahara, pushing south into the Sahel. Berber and Tuareg merchants from Northern Africa, whose commercial success often depended on the strength of their religious networks, first brought Islam to Mali in the 9th century. This first wave of conversions was followed by a second that came in the wake of the twenty-five year reign (1312-1337) of Mansa Musa, one of the most powerful and devout king’s of the Mali Empire. His wealth and fame reached beyond the shores of the Sahara and drew Muslim scholars, artisans, architects and traders to his capital of Niani. The third, and perhaps most dramatic wave (it wasn’t until the twentieth century that Islam became the religion of the majority of Malians) came from the Senegal River valley. El Hadj Umar Tall was born, around 1797, in the heart of the Futa-Tooro, the region that straddles the Senegal-Mauritania border, and that remains home to the Fulani people, who formed the backbone of his religious and military empire. A devout adherent of the Tijjaniya brotherhood, El Hadj Umar kicked off, in 1848, a jihad that lasted until his death in 1864. And it was after his defeat of the Kingdom of Ségou, on March 10, 1861, that many Bambara –the culturally dominant ethnic group in Mali- converted to Islam.

This is also cool, another piece on Sufi Music from the same source:
“Over the last forty years there has been a growing interest among European and American scholars and seekers in Sufism, the mystical dimension of Islam. In particular, many musicians and music-lovers have drawn inspiration from the musical rituals that serve as roadmaps for the many Sufi paths to enlightment. Today, for example, recordings by artists like the late Pakistani Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Al-Kindi ensemble from Syria, or the Turkish Mevlevi Order (the world-famous Whirling Dervishes) find homes in many eclectic record collections, and are name-checked by artists from Eddie Veder of Pearl Jam, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, to free-jazz drummer Hamid Drake. The many musical manifestations of Islam found throughout Africa, however, remain off the beaten paths of most ‘World-music’ bushwhackers..”