Boima Tucker, a.k.a. Chief Boima, has brought the sounds of Africa to the Dutty Artz global music collective ever since he grabbed their attention with his Boab Connection mixtape a few years back. Dutty Artz, the label founded by DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek, is one of the most well-known purveyors of world music through their international crate-digging (DJ /rupture even wrote about his international record hunting for Hive). As a result, this crew plays jams that range from dubstep and jungle to dancehall and cumbia at events all over the world.
But back to Boima: After a recent trip through West Africa, the DJ collaborated with Liberia’s Akwaaba for Lone Stars: Hipco and Gbema, the first international release of Liberian contemporary music. This 30-minute mix serves as a preview of the 15-track compilation, due out in the next few weeks. As the title suggests, you’ll hear plenty of hipco — a local music that resembles American hip-hop — and gbema, traditional drums and melodies that are teased and looped using computer software. The result is a supercharged, up-tempo Liberian dance party that features local twists on pop, hip-hop and dub. You’ll also discover soul-co, a genre of R&B created by Liberian artist David Mell and the bubu-meets-juke [yes, we mean Chicago juke] stylings of J.P. & De Royal Force along the way. This mix is so high-energy that we’ll suggest you skip your daily dose of caffeine and put this on instead.
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1. Takun J, “Tu-ka-ka-ya-tu feat. Byronic and Nasseman”
2. F.A., “Bump It Remix featuring Takun J, K-Zee, and Cypha D’King”
3. Genesis Crew, “Champagne”
4. Deboy’s Crew, “Polo Mabo”
5. Junior Freeman & African Soldier, “Damyarea”
6. Big J, “Kalaman”
7. Master Black, “Dakamaly”
8. 2 Kings, “Fine Girl”
9. K-Zee, “Kountry Chicken feat. Pepsi and Skinny”
10. Noy-Z, “4 Noy Z Bizness”
11. L 2 Sweet, “O Gye”
12. David Mell, “Hero”
13. Marie Nyenebo, “Joya”
14. Shadow, “Killing Me”
15. Shadow-Killing Me (Chief Boima Remix)
16. J.P. & De Royal Force-Make You Dance