Drums of Fire or: Creating yr own reference point in Jazz : Mor Thiam & Yussef Kamaal

Two records are in heavy rotation since a week or so, keeping me surviving the endless Berlin january days: Mor Thiams reissue of Din Safarrar (drums of fire) and Yussef Kamaal´s Debut LP Black Focus.

So first listen to Yussef Kamaal: Behind this names is Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu (Keys) & Yussef Dayes (Drums/ Percussion) and several great studio musicians (Sax, Trumpet).

The music on this debut LP meander between hip hop, drum & bass, free jazz, spiritual jazz and reminds me of “the epic” by Kamasi Washington without being a pure copy of it. There are no voices except for some spoken word samples. But the Bass is hypnotic and extremely danceable. Think of 90ies drum & bass by Goldie or the keys of 70ies Herbie Hancock but then if it´s about sounding too cheesy, there is a great Sax tune and you are in 2017 again – so in the great “Strings of light”.

“You create your own reference point and this is always what jazz is all about” is one of the quotes – nothing more to say than that

Buy it via Brownswood or bandcamp

“The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s long-running to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London.

Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham.

“It’s all about the drums and the keys,” Williams says. “Not to take anything from anyone else, but that’s where it all originates from: the chords, the rhythm of the chords and the drums.” Born out of a one-off live session to perform Williams’ solo material for Boiler Room, it soon became a project in its own right. Coming together as Yussef Kamaal, they played a series of live shows where little more than a chord progression would be planned before taking to the stage

Bringing that unspoken understanding to the recording sessions (engineered by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics), the unplanned, telepathically spawned grooves retain the raw energy of their live shows. “It’s not so much about complete arrangement, it’s more about flow,” Dayes says. “A lot of the tracks are just made spontaneously – Henry will be playing two chords, I’ll fill in the groove and we’ll just leave the arrangement naturally.”

Both hail from South East London, crossing paths in 2007 as teenagers playing their first pub gigs around Peckham and Camberwell. Dayes drums for cosmically-inclined, afrobeat outfit United Vibrations, while Williams – on top of drumming and playing keys in different incarnations over the years – has made waves with his solo, synth-draped house 12″s for much-fêted labels like 22a and Rhythm Section.


Then there is Mor Thiam´s cacophony “Dini Safarrar” (drums of fire) – and yet another own reference point. Out via Jazzman, this reissue of Senegals percussionist has more influences in this one lp of not even 30 minutes to offer than other jazz – careers do not have in their whole life: think about north – bresilian psychedelia of the 70ies, fela´s afro beat or jamaica´s nyabinghi tunes as well as coltrane´s or ornette colemann´s free jazz cascades.


Originally released in small numbers as a custom pressing in 1973, the compelling ‘Dini Safarrar’ by Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam has gained cult status around the world amongst enthusiasts of jazz, funk, hip hop & African music, and grail status among LP collectors. Here is the first official reproduction of this album, faithful to the original and made with the blessing and cooperation of Mor Thiam himself, as well as his son Aliaume Thiam, otherwise known as hip hop and R&B superstar Akon.

Mor Dogo Thiam (pronounced ‘Chahm’) is a cultural historian, dedicated philanthropist and genius on the djembe. He began his career as a drummer while a young boy in his native Senegal, before moving to St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1970s, where his unique musical skills earned him the respect of the local jazz community. A fusion of the traditions of his Senegalese upbringing and the funk & jazz sounds of his new environs, ‘Dini Safarrar’ was entirely self-funded and was also conceived as a benefit album, with all the proceeds donated to famine relief in Africa. Indeed, proceeds generated by the sale of this reissue will go directly into a fund to assist a school in Senegal set up by Mor himself.

The subtitle and translation of Dini Safarrar is ‘Drums of Fire’, though it may be more aptly described as ‘Drums of Krakatoa’, such is the explosive intensity captured within the grooves. The multitude of pulsating percussive elements throughout each track creates an intense rhythmic dissonance, the musical equivalent of an erupting volcano. It can be no co-incidence that the energy & passion of Akon’s music was duly ignited by his father’s very same Drums of Fire. May the legacy continue.



Great reissue of way back home / oh caroline by dub store Japan of count ossies Mystic revelation of rastafari

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the little dog radio #32 playlist & relisten

The little dog laughed radio #32 – 19.jan. 2017 @ piradio
Folklore Tapes special

Ein special über das folklore tapes Label, die musique concrete, spoken word & field recordings mit Traditionen britischer Mythologie verbinden. „Folklore Tapes is an open-ended research project exploring the vernacular arcana of Great Britain & beyond; traversing the myths, mysteries, magic & strange phenomena of the old counties .”


10″ series: Ornithology: The Robin-Dean McPhee/Mary Arches -The room // Megalithic Monuments Stanton Drew Stone Circle: The Petrified Wedding-David Chatton Barker & Ian Humberstone // Rituals & Practices: Crown & Cross – Magpaghi//Spell-Paper Dollhouse//Graves: Anworth Kirk-Jays Grave Pt.I / Little Man-D. Orphan//Inland Water: Sam McLoughlin&David Haycock/ Ian Humberstone-Song For Mariann Voaden (two witches)/Ocultural Creatures: The Black Dog of Newgate//David Orphan-Songs for Hannah Henley//Magpaghi-Pine Forest//Quakers Stang-Spectre Huntsman


the litte dog laughed radio # 32 pt 2
23-24 pm @ piradio

(after the folklore tapes special)


New releases:

i want to hold your hand – David Greenberger, Glenn Jones, Chris Corsano (an idea in everything)
The Reign Of The White Plague – United Bible studies (rosary Bleeds)
Treaty of Fort Laramie – Matana Roberts (for standing rock ep)
Records from France:
lanceuse bantou – Francis Bebey (cameroon,un petit ivoirienne)


Bala et ses baladins – mariama (s/t)
bembeya jazz national – armée guinéenne (editions sylyphone conacry sampler)
toubaka – Kouyate Kandia (7“)

Burkina Faso:
echo del africa – yala trama magni (7″ pitched down)
Amadou Ballake – baden djougou (ouga affair sampler)

outernational 7″ / reissues:

Alogte Oho – Mam Yinne Wa (Philophon 7″,Ghana)
Hoodna orchestra – Yelden (7″ israel/Egypt)
rajaad layoon- abdul el omari (nuits d´été, maroc 1979/2016)

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the little dog laughed radio #32 this thursday – folklore tapes special

19.januar 2017 – 22h bis 24 h

http://www.piradio.de (stream) or 88.4 fm (Berlin) or 9o.7 (Potsdam)

folklore tapes special

In der ersten Stunde wird es ein kleines special zum englischen folklore tapes Label geben die versuchen mittels musique concrete, spoken word und field recordings die Traditionen britischer Mythologie zu vertonen – das Ergebnis ist magisch

// The first hour there will be a folklore tapes label special

„Folklore Tapes is an open-ended research project exploring the vernacular arcana of Great Britain and beyond; traversing the myths, mysteries, magic and strange phenomena of the old counties via abstracted musical reinterpretation and experimental visuals. The driving principle of the project is to bring the nation’s folk record to life, to rekindle interest in the treasure trove of traditional culture by finding new forms for its expression.“






In der zweite Stunde werde ich etwas westafrikanische highlife 60ies highlife aus guinea & burkina faso spielen von 7“ und lp´s die ich aus Frankreich mitgebracht habe neben neuen releases & reissues von blackest ever black, philophon und Okrarina, spiritual soul reissues von aleke, tim maia, black belt symphony und zum Schluss noch einige schöne nyabinghi 7“ von Leslie Butler & Count Ossie, Jo Jo Bennet & The Fugitives und den heptones

You gotta fight on !


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Re: 2016


Top 10 – Albums

#1 Feu Chatterton – Ici Le Jour
#2 Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of what yr. not
#2 Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
#3 Ryley Walker – Golden Sings that have been sung
#4 Tindersticks – The waiting room
#5 pj Harvey – the Hope six demolition project
#6 Skeletons – Am I home ?
#7 Yishak Banjaw – Love Songs Vol 2
#8 Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus
#9 David Thomas Broughton – Clippling Lack (3 LP)
#10 Matt Elliott – The Calm before


Top 10 – Reissues

#1 Fragments of a rainy Season – John Cale
#2 Scott Fagan – South atlantic blues
#3 Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Grounation (3 LP)
#4 Abdou El Omari – Nuits D’Éte
#5 Aleke Kanonu – Aleke
#6 Pedros Santos – Krishnanda
#7 Manuel Göttsching- Inventions For Electric Guitar (Remastered)
#8 Hailu Mergia & Dalag Band – Wede Harer Guzo
#9 Marijata – Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata
#10 Ahmed Malek – Musique Original De Films


Top 10 – 12″ & Split LP´s

#1 Senyawa / Charles Cohen Split
#2 Jesu / Sun Kil Moon Split
#3 Kalbata – Al Shark 12″
#4 Raja Jahr – Drums of Libanon 12″
#5 Ziad Rahbani- Abu Ali 12″
#6 Jacup mafuleni – gary gritness ” atuka mhondor 12″
#7 Nevada green / Scott Tuma split 12″
#8 International soleil band – La tassa – 12″
#9 Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie Billy – Epic Jammers split
#10 Philou Louzolo – Alkebulan Republic 12″


Top 5 – 10″

#1 Leonore Boulanger et Maam-Li Merati – La Maison d’amour (Okraina)
#2 Rev Galen – Rev Galen (Okraina)
#3 Devon Folklore Tapes Vol.IV – Rituals & Practices – Magpahi & Paper Dollhouse (Folklore tapes)
#4 Inland Water- Sam Mc Loughlin / David A Jaycoctop (Folklore tapes)
#5 Dean McPhee / Mary Arches – Devon Folklore Tapes Volume V Ornithology


Top 10 Compilations

#1 Imaginational Anthems Vol. VIII – The Private Press
#2 Emahoy Tsegue Marjam Guebru (ethiopique / mississippi)
#3 Sons Of Negus – A Psalm Of Praises To The Most High 1967-1972
#4 Soul Sok Séga
#5 Senegal 70
#6 Message from the Islands
#7 Maki Asakawa
#8 Aloha got Soul!
#9 Bobo Yeye – Belle Epoque in Upper volta (3 LP & Book)
#10 Ryo Kawasaki – Selected Works

Top 10 – Songs & 7″

#1 The Wheel – Pj Harvey (7″)
#2 Leonard Cohen – You want it darker
#3 Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
#5 Group d`afous d´afous – tarhanine tegla (sahel sounds 7″)
#6 Camera – Fröhlichkeit
#7 Black Belt symphony – brotherhood / geronymo´s pratt (7″, jazz aggravation)
#8 Alogte Oho – Yu Ya Summa (philophon 7″)
#9 Faduma Kassim – majogo (afro 7)
#10 the scorpios – yaelhajorok 7″ (afro 7″)


Top 10 – Movies

#1 Jim Jarmush – Paterson
#2 Francois Ozon – Frantz
#3 American Honey – Andrea Arnold
#4 L´avenir – Mia Hanson-Løve
#5 MaMa – Julio Medem
#6 La Belle Saison – Catherine Corsini
#7 Son of Saul – László Nemes
#8 Bella e Perduta (P.Marcello)
#9 Tschick – Fatih Akin
#10 Miguel Gomes – 1001 Nights / As Mil e Uma Noites

& wild – nicolette krebitz

a better 2017 still to come…

Move ever Onward (Brother Ah)



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“La Maison d´Amour” contre la Misère du Monde – Another stunning new Okraina Records 10″

I have played some of tracks of the new Okraina 10″ la maison d´amour by Léonore Boulanger and Maam-Li Merati  the last weeks at dj sets or radio shows, but I´d really like to drop a few lines about this fantastic record as well here.

French Singer Léonore Boulanger released already some remarkable records via bandcamp / cloudshill records and started last year with the interpretations of old persian songs and lyrical odes.

The  result of this collaboration with the Iranian musician Maam – Li Merati in this double 10″ is hypnotic, heartbreaking and  should deserve a way bigger audience, although this kind of release, you d´like to keep secret for you and maybe some selected friends.

Thanks for another stunning piece of “outsider folk music”, not at all outdated but moreover in these days it could be be called rather postmodern,  re-interpreting ancient eastern love songs and lyrics against the misery of the world.

Ps: Okraina #8, – something completely different – “An Idea in Everything by David Greenberger, Glenn Jones, Chris Corsano” officially released the 31 dec. 2016 is already up for listening here.

Okraina records

La Maison d’amour
by Léonore Boulanger & Maam-Li Merati

Léonore Boulanger and Maam-Li Merati met each other in Paris in 2011 at a concert of Azerbaijani Master-Musician Alim Qasimov and his daughter Ferghana Qasimova. Maam-Li Merati is an Iranian musician that was born in Kermanshah, near the Iraqi border. In addition to having a Doctor in Musicology, he has worked with artists such as Iranian singer Shahram Nazeri and French novelist and Luis Bunuel’s screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (for a project devoted to 13 th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi). Shortly after their meeting, Maam-Li Merati started to teach the art of Persian classical music to Léonore Boulanger, a young French musician that released three albums on the multi-faceted label Le Saule.

During the spring of 2015 they recorded some first lyrical odes, some dastgāhs for two voices and traditional string instruments that would later become the sides A and C of the La Maison d’amour double ten inch on Okraïna. Later, Matthieu Ferrandez, church organist and researcher in electronic music, joined them for sides B and D weaving a cosmic lace, with the sighs of harmonium and acoustic organs.

“You, you traded me for nothing
Me, I still choose that I wouldn’t trade a single hair yours
for the entire world”
Saadi Shirazi (13th century)

In the ancient modes of the Radif – a repertoire classified during the Qajar dynasty between 1840 and 1920 – the love poetry of the 13th and 14th century is replayed, brought back to life.

Léonore Boulanger: vocals
Maam-Li Merati: vocals, kamancheh, setar
+ Matthieu Ferrandez: harmonium, organ (tracks 4-10 & 15-18)
+ Jean-Daniel Botta: bendir, n’goni

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* Winter, my dear Mixtape & the saddest music #7 dj set

Here´s a 2 hours mixtape produced for the little dog laughed radio # 31 2016 the 22nd dec 2016 22 – 24pm with beloved quiet winter tunes mostly from 2016 issues or reissues. It ends as an annex with some spiritual jazz tunes to pray for a better year 2017.


Léonore Boulanger et Maam-Li Merati / Jessica Moss / Delphine Dora / Daniel Bachman / joe Bethancourt/
United Bible Studies / Perota Chingo / Volta Seca com Conjunto e Coro / Donovan Quinn & Michael James Tapscott / David Thomas Broughton / Mark Kozelek & Desertshore / Camera /
Emahoy Tsegue Mariam Guebrue / Yishak Banjaw / Emma Tricca / Plinth / The Caretaker / Molnbär av John / John Cale / Johnny Frierson / Jandek

Bonus: Matana Roberts / Laraaji / Brother Ah

by joe le taxi 12/16
for broadcast @ piradio
22.12.2016 22-24pm
88.4 fm berlin or 91.3 fm potsdam


This is the first & the second part of yesterdays dj set @ volksbühne, the saddest music #7 as the little dog cried dj with an annex 3 of some tracks, I played after the show that I recorded later, though I forgot to record the third part after the concerts.

So here are as far as I remember:

first set:

* Scott Tuma / the caretaker / Delphine Dora / Plinth / United Bible Studies / Sir Richard Bishop/ Perry Leopold
* Film scores: la Jetté / Dance of Reality / Viva Maria / Tired sur le Pianiste / Valerie and her week of wonders
* Ian Mathews / Directorsound / Claire Leclerq / alexandru andries / Christophe / aroah / Black Heart procession
Second set:
* Leonore Boulanger et Maam-Li Merati / Harisis group / Evan Lurie / Astor Piazzola /Emahoy Tsegue Guebru

* Volta Seca com Conjunto e Coro / Mark Kozelek / John Cale
18/12/2016 by joe le taxi

photo shot in a church in greifswald

the title is a quote from the amazing “volta seca” track, thanks for aquarium drunkyard for the tristetropique mix the volta seca track is taken from. This mix is stunning!

Delphine Dora & Jessica Moss (I took excerpts for the winter mix)

Perota Chingo

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Playlist the little dog laughed radio #30 & film score mix



Live Filmmusic set (20 minutes):
Philippe Garell (la cicatrice intérieur) / Chris Marker (la jetée) / Jodorowski (dance of reality) / Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler (music inspired by Garell´s le révélateur

Here is the playlist of last thursdays´s radio show. There were some technical difficulties with the microphones so sorry for that. That´s why I have´t recorded the show again for relistening except for the film score live set.

playlist the little dog laughed radio # 30
24.Nov 2016 – 22h bis 24 h

„Apocalyptic Raggas and imaginational anthems“:
Jack Rose – Tower of Babel (apocalypse x – rag manifestos, vhf)
Nevada Greene – Earthquake Hollow (Scott Tuma Split 12“, Hitt)
Sir Richard Bishop – Frontier (Tangier sessions, drag city)
Joe Bethancourt – Raga (imaginational anthems vol 8, the private press, tompkins square
Evan Lurie – Determination / for Rosa Parks (Pieces for banoneon, les disques du crepuscule)


„oriental“ Folk & Disco:
Léonore Boulanger et Maam-Li Merati Dastgah-e Stur / Tasnif-e Ey Aman (la maison d´amour, Okraina 10“)

Ziad Rahbani – prelude (music gallery 12“)
Raja Zahr – dabke (drums of libanon 12“, fortuna)


Live Filmmusic set (20 minutes):
Philippe Garell (la cicatrice intérieur) / Chris Marker (la jetée) / Jodorowski (dance of reality) / Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler (music inspired by Garell´s le révélateur


Afro soul & Jazz:
Volta Jazz: Ma douce ledy (Bobo Yeye, belle epoque in upper volta Compilation, numero),
Echo del Africa – yiri wah (Bobo Yeye, belle epoque in upper volta Compilation, numero)
Saif Abu Bakr & the scorpions – unknown track (jazz, bootleg)


Ambient & Classic:
Laraaji – Om Namah Shivaya (s/t leaving)
Emahoy Tsegue Mariam Guebru – Homesick (s/t, mississippi)


Leonard Cohen – Take this Longing (greatest hits, cos)

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