A vast, new world of DJs, record collectors and producers are going to far reaches of the Earth to find forgotten records and new styles of music. Their discoveries are then brought back home, remixed, repackaged and re-released to be heard by an entirely new audience. We speak to some globetrotting DJ and producers Chief Boima and Geko Jones to hear about their experiences, the music they’ve discovered and how they go about remixing some of these styles in order to create a new and updated sound. [Produced by Saxon Baird. Originally aired March, 29th, 2012 ]
” I want to put my cultural identity out there, so people who come after me, and are in the same position as me, don’t have to go through the same processes and can be really proud of where they come from. I think that this can have implications for how people see home, and how much people invest in back home or if people visit. How many Sierra Leonean kids came here at a young age or were born here and have never been back in twenty years, and how many of those people could contribute to the welfare of our country and are not because of perceived stereotypes?
” I’m trying to stay particularly on some proud Latino stuff. I’m really interested in digging up a lot of the folkloric side of Latin music because it’s not something that’s been given a lot of credit. Right now, we focus on a lot of urban music on the radio, Reggaeton and muchato get a lot of play. To me, it’s the same thing, its made to be pop, its still, you know, people in skinny jeans and sun glasses and what not. It’s really not that different. So, I’m trying to bring in some very barefoot, rootsy stuff that reminds people what our heritage is. “
Since we produced this show, both Geko Jones and Chief Boima have released great mixtapes that perfectly showcases their musical styles, particularly their shared tendency to draw inspiration from a technologically mediated engagement with past classics.