Au Revoir, Mogadishu (tape)

Amazing tape of early recordings from Mogadishu, Somalia before 1991 or recorded in exile. Side A is more ethio jazz orientated while side B is more danceable and soulful.

The lovely tape is sold out at Bis aufs messer store but buy it still via: staalplaat
(ÇAYKH Recordings).

Hypnotic – (don´t expect a hi-fi recording…).

“This Tape of 70’s and 80’s Somali sound is a rich blend of traditional Somali folk music infused with Western funk, rock and reggae and a touch of Indian, Arabic and African flavors.

Side A is good for that mellow creamy morning. Side B will get your ass wiggling! There are hardly any proper releases of this soulful sound of guitar, synthesizer and drums. I spent some months finding, compiling and editing rips of TV and live recordings on old VHS tapes and radio broadcasts to cassette tapes and here is what I got. Enjoy! With love from Mogadishu.”

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Essential Filmscores: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Well, the filmstart was a while ago already but it took me some time to grap the chance to see the movie A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night by Ana Lily Amirpour last week in an open air cinema. Although I liked the atmosphere and some scenes of the movie a lot – like the one posted here – and made me think of early Jarmush, The addiction by Abel Ferrara or Thirst by Chan-wook Park but I was not 100% convinced by the story and the characters, but I was overwhelmed by the filmscore and bought it yesterday digitally and soon most likly the double vinyl although quite expensive. (Death Waltz records)

It´s an amazing mix of persian psychedelia, 80 wave – romantics, some strange techno and
even two Ennio Morricone like western sounds like the ones by Federale or Kiosk.

Listen to the complete playlist here:

dance scene (Farah, Dancing Girls)

Kiosk – Charkhesh E Pooch

Still to see in some selected Berlin Cinemas and worth seeing it in the movies and not on DVD. By the way: The best films in life are imperfect ones. And this one is couragious.

Here is a Q & A with Ana Lily Amirpour with Vive Magazine:

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I thought I heard Buddy Bolden sing – Joe le Taxi´s Southern Journeys Down by the River

* I thought I heard Buddy Bolden sing - Joe le Taxi´s Southern Journeys Down by the River * by Schwarz Jochen on Mixcloud

Here´s the dj set I played yesterday @ down by the river festival in the garden of the about: blank club from around 00.15-1.45 a.m. with 31 C. temperature outside.
(the set has to be shortened for 30 minutes though a storm was about to come and the dj after me liked to start a bit earlier with his set because of that)

So here are 90 minutes of almost 100 years of music history: From 20ies swing, ragtime & rumba shellac recordings to 50ies gospel, new orleans jazz, african, latin & caribian dance tracks & trinidadian calypsos to 70ies souls until being in 2015 again with Algiers amazing Gospel “blood”. As a bonus the mix ends with Frank Fairfield, who played a heartbreaking concert yesterday. Thank you!

With: lecuana cuban boys / alfonso esparza / burt ambrose / sydney bechet / jerry roll morton / tommy dorsey / the sixth station / mahalia jackson / ti paris / miriam makeba / george moxey / dutch ryhthm steel & show band / frankie zhivago / george lewis / ural thomas / king kennytone / algiers / frank fairfield / etta james / the rangoon gymkhanna club orchestra / shirley ann lee / norma jean / etta cameron / lord invador / the lion

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by joe le taxi 07/2015

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tomorrow: down by the river # 7

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Tomorrow is the seventh edition of the lovely down by the river fest in the about blank club garden at ostkreuz with live concerts by julie doiron, frank fairfield, b.b.sea, orchestre tout puissant marcel duchamp, dj sets by analog africa, mohair sam and many others more. I will play a dj set from midnight to 2 am most likely a mixture of psych-folk, old shellack swing & new orleans jazz and some selected indie / anti / whatever folk. See if this goes together.

More infos:

There will be tickets at the door for 20 €.



Große Bühne (outdoor)

14:00 Erfolg
15:30 B.B. Sea
17:00 Doctorella
18:30 Julie Doiron
20:30 Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp
22:00 DJ Momo Love
00:00 DJ Joe le Taxi
02:00 DJ Saal-C

Kleine Bühne (outdoor)

14:45 Viktor’s Joy
16:15 Featherweights
17:45 Frank Fairfield
19:30 Lach


15:00 Razor Cunts
16:30 Helmut Erler
18:00 Canyon Spree
19:30 Farfara
22:00 DJs Analog Africa, Jimmy Trash, Mohair Sam


Warm-Up (extra tickets needed!)

Freitag, 03.07.2015 in der Kantine am Berghain.

20:00 Einlass
20:30 More Eats
21:15 The Dropout Patrol
22:00 The Burning Hell


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* Golden Cadillacs, Sidewalk Killers & Ethiopian Rhapsodies – Joe Le Taxi @ Fusion Festival 2015 *

* Golden Cadillacs, Sidewalk Killers & Ethiopian Rhapsodies - Joe Le Taxi @ Fusion Festival 2015 * by Schwarz Jochen on Mixcloud

Here is the dj set, I played last saturday at lovely Fusion festival, Karl Kutter stage from 10 am.- 1.30 pm. challenging the crowd with more than 3 hours of 70ies film scores, political spiritual jazz, nyabinghi reggae, north brasilian psychedelia, afro soul, eastern outernational 45″ & bellydances until fading out with Lonnie Holly´s & Otis C. Johnson´s hyptotic spirituals.

intro: lacebows // laaraji / sun araw / günther schickert / emerald web / ennio morriccone / walter schumann / george auric / yu aku, kunihito murai / mystery kindaichi band / martial solal / john coltrane / kamasi washinton / tino contreras / vibration society/ dr. haki r. madhubuti / sun ra / hailu mergia / raphael / matana roberts / alogte oho jonas & his sounds of joy /francois tusques / cheval fou / salomon ilori / mystic revelation of rastafari / maria anderson / tommy mc. cook / aston barrett / devon russell /johnny and the attractions / ras michael / lecuana cuban boys / mdou moctar / m. ashraf/ jasmin musical club / orchestre super bourgou de barakou / rail band / sorry bamba / laurent lomande / stanislas tohon / mary afi usuah / norma jean & ray j./ tim maia / lula cortes / tribo massahi / khun narin / wganda kenya / Ihsan Al Munzer/palgay mayim / huoari benchenet / omar khorshid / salma agha / jean claude vannier / lonnie holley / otis c. johnson // outro: hisstracts *

(I forgot to re-record Brigitte Fontaine´s “Monsieur le chef de gare…” – see here instead the video – and as well I left out the rebetika songs, I played while the band, performing after my set, was doing already the soundcheck)

Write me for detailed tracklist.
by joe le taxi 06/15,


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Essential Reissues : Amara Touré & Mary Afi Usuah

Just a quick post before heading to the Fusion Festival in Mecklenburg, Lärz. From Guinée Conakry comes Amara Touré. Analog Africa is releasing a beautifully designed compilation of ten of the most hypnotic afro-cuban spiritual tracks. Essential.

Analog Africa

The enigmatic Amara Touré from Guinée Conakry finally getting a well deserved compilation showcasing all of the 10 songs ever released between 1973 and 1980. Cuban influenced music of a different kind featuring amazing spaced-out guitar works!!

“Latin music, is it really foreign to us Africans? I don’t think so. Listen to the drums, to the rhythm. It all seems very close to us – it feels like it’s our own culture”, declared enigmatic singer Amara Touré.

It is the late 50s, and Senegal is going crazy to the groove of Son Montuno and Patchanga. Brought to West Africa by Cuban sailors in the early 40s, these styles were immediately adopted by a flourishing music scene that did not hesitate to embrace the Caribbean sound, mixed it with their own Folklore, and, in the process, created something new. Through the unique cultural fusion of West African and Caribbean influences, Latin music took on a new and unique sound – the format was reinvented.


It took only ten songs for Amara Touré to become a legend. These ten treasures, representing Touré ́s complete discography, have been carefully re-mastered from original session tapes and vinyl records, and will be released by Analog Africa on 22 June 2015.

After the release of his LP in 1980, Touré seems to have disappeared. Apparently he was last seen in Cameroon but it is unknown if he is still alive today. His music though is definitely alive.


Another african treasure and “real” reissue is released by voodoo funk voodoo funk blog :

From Nigeria is singer Mary Afi Usuah having released the debut LP Ekpenyong Abasi in 1975, being trained in opera, rock and jazz in Europe, you´ll find all this influences, combined with afro funk elements on this ecclectic mysterious LP.


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* L´insurrection qui vient or Brother Malcolm – A Revolutionary Spiritual Jazz Mixtape *

La misére du monde (P.Bourdieu): Right now the world seems to collapse: 60 billions of refugees are seeking shelter & the people of Greece, Spain or Italy are kept in austerity by an European Union, letting people die in the mediterranian sea. Racist attacs in the USA are happening like we were in the old ages. It seems that the people of the “Committée invisible” were quite right and visionary, writing the book “l´insurrection qui vient/the coming insurrection” (I wrote about it here earlier) now followed by the recently published text “An unsere Freunde/to our friends”. Now it´s time for a united new protest movement for a real change.

Well, here´s a kind of spiritual jazz soundtrack to the ongoing & upcoming movements. It´s as well the “extrovertive” follow – up mix of my quiet albert camus spoken word track:

So let the spirit rise…


Intro: Lionel Hampton/
Brigitte Fontaine et Areski / John Coltrane / Ornette Coleman/ Sun Ra / Dr. Haki.R. Madhubuti / Vibration Society / Hailu Mergia / Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids / Baroque Jazz Trio / Francois Tusques / Kamasi Washington / outro: Alice Coltrane *

60 min by joe le taxi
recorded the 20.6.2015,
world refugee day,
for detailed tracklist write me


Cover still is a photo of the “Mobilisation General – Protest and Spirit Jazz in France” LP out via Born Bad records, some songs or excerpts of it are featured in this mix as well. Merci.

Francois Tusques

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