26 Dec 2009

From The Crate to the Cradle (Part 1)

Auckland-based DJ and musician Barnie Duncan spent three months wandering around Africa, in order get to know his record crates a bit better - a collection of the various musical styles from the late 60s and 70s post-revolution Africa. What is fascinating about this period in particular is the re-appropriation of various musical styles like funk and soul by African musicians - styles that originated in Africa but evolved and mutated upon arrival in the Untied States. When taken back to the Motherland these styles took on a blistering rawness that proved addictive to this intrepid collector - and thus, a pilgrimage was born: Morocco, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Ethiopia.