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It´s been a bit more than four months since Daniel Haaksman´s “African Fabrics” album has been released and it has become a success story. “African Fabrics” was nominated for a German Music Critic prize, was praised on leading media outlets such as SPIN, NPR, XLR8R, Der Spiegel, NZZ, Songlines Magazine and Goethe Institute Podcast amongst others and has been played by countless club and radio DJs around the world.
The accompanying single releases “Sabado”, “Rename The Streets” and “Akabongi” received remix and video treatments, now the other tracks of the albums have been reworked. The result is “African Fabrics Remixes”, which presents a trans world cast of amazing remixers.
First off is South African Mo Laudi with an Afro house rendering of “Akabongi”. It´s followed by three remixes featuring the hot new Lisbon sound, starting with 2Pekes, a member of the infamous DZC Deejays crew who remixed “Sembène” in Euro kuduro fashion. Izem, also based in Lisbon, put “Kaggua” ft. Tshila on a broken beat turf. Man of the moment Dotorado is featured with his Kuduro house version of “Rename The Streets”. UK´s freestyle bass dons LV revisit “Sabado” with a London carnival mood. Then there´s São Paulo´s hot new beat talent Bad $ista who samba-funked up “Black Coffee” ft. Dama Do Bling. Another Lisbon remix contribution is by legendary Portuguese kuduro don DJ NK remaking “Xinguila” ft. Throes + The Shine in a raved up kuduro smasher. Swedish bass maestro Dance, Kill, Move tamed the original footwork monster “Aho” to a tarraxo influenced half timer. Probably the heaviest remix on “African Fabrics Remixes” is by São Paulo´s ambassador of low end schlepp beats, Cybass, who put “Afrika” ft. Tony Amado ft. Alcinda Gueraneh into madness territories. Durban´s Gqom kingpins Rudeboyz added a weighty groove to the Mbira infused “Raindrops” track, turning it into a club ready track. And finally, New Zealands Afro popster Weird Together remade “Querido” ft. Bulldozer with a UK funky inspired mood.
And there you have it, “African Fabrics Remixes”, featuring eleven diverse and club-friendly remixes that will put “African Fabrics” in further and more varied contexts. Play it out!
“Akabongi” ft. Spoek Mathambo is the opening track of Daniel Haaksman´s acclaimed “African Fabrics” album and since its original release, has become a secret club hit.
Now released as a single including three new versions, “Akabongi” (Zulu for “no gratitude”) is featuring the shining voice of South African superstar Spoek Mathambo. Spoek perfectly reinterpretes the legendary 1980s song by South African mbaqanga heroes The Soul Brothers, adding contemporaneity with a cool freestyle rap . The magnificient guitar play by Colombia´s Bulldozer adds up to a tropical, Zoukous resembling vibe that puts sunshine and joy onto every dancefloor.
The original version is supplemented with an extended mix plus a club ready Afro house remix by South Africa´s jack of all trades, Mo Laudi. To round up the tropical feeling, Lithunia´s Boyfriend remade “Akabongi” in dembow fashion.
Play it out loud and make sure that “Akabongi” will become the summer club anthem of 2016!
DJ support by Munchi, Nina Las Vegas, Mumdance, JSTJR, Shir Khan, Mixhell, Ben Mono, Roundtable Knights, Alma Negra and many more!
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Two weeks prior to its official digital release, Daniel Haaksman “African Fabrics” album is now exclusively released on 180g vinyl in the Man Recordings Online Store . “African Fabrics” is Daniel´s second album and features collaborations with Spoek Mathambo, Tony Amado, Dama do Bling, Alcindah Guerane, El Propio Kachaco Bulldozer Musica, Throes + The Shine, Tshila and Ku Bo amongst others. The artwork is by Tobias Rehberger. Be quick, only 500 copies were made!
Spin magazine debuted Daniel Haaksman´s “Xinguila” ft. Throes & The Shine today. Spin writes: “Berlin-based producer Daniel Haaksman has history on his mind: His new album, African Fabrics, makes apparent his understanding of the past’s implications for the formation of current power structures. Grappling with the remnants of Germany’s empire of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Haaksman creates a hybrid African-European techno that interrogates just how the two continents’ cultures have clashed. In lead single “Rename The Streets,” a marimba-backed house beat takes the producer to Berlin’s crowded avenues, many of which are named after colonial figures of questionable pedigree.
“Xinguila,” which you can listen to below, finds Haaksman in Angola, a country which gained its independence from Portugal only 40 years ago and, (as a result) descended into civil war until 2002. Featuring guest vocals from the Portuguese-Angolan band, Throes + The Shine, the danceable punk/electro/rap track draws its influences from the genre of kuduro, which emerged, as NPR explains, as an optimistic form of resistance to the civil war: an effort to inspire happiness during trying times. Of the track, Haaksman explains:
I first saw Throes + The Shine live in Lisbon in 2012. It was just two Kuduro MCs and a guy on drums and one guy on synth, yet the energy level of the show went through the roof. It was the perfect combination of a Kuduro dance event and a rock show. The club was full of white Portuguese kids and black kids from the former Portuguese colonies such as Angola, Moçambique or Capo Verde, they were jumping up and down, there was a moshpit and everybody was having the time of their life. To me, Throes + The Shine are like Bad Brains reborn, but this time with an emphasis on Kuduro, not reggae.
“African Fabrics” will be released 26th of February. Watch this space for more news soon!