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Afropop Exclusive Mix: Big Chune Vol. One From DJ Ephraim Asili

We’re pleased to share another exclusive mix from DJ Ephraim Asili, who delivered the Brazil Samba MPB Vol. One mixtape to us last year. Asili, a full-time visiting artist in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College, returns to share with us some of his favorite 45s that he picked up on a recent trip to Kingston, Jamaica.

The mixtape, which was recorded live by Asili this past week, touches upon all of the cornerstones of Jamaican music. Coming in at just short of two hours, the expansive 40-plus track mix features dub, ska, rocksteady, dancehall and of course reggae tracks, all deejayed seamlessly into one another to deliver a show that’s about as close as you can get to a sound system experience without a trip to the island nation. Dub is a natural inclusion in the mix as the genre grew out of remixes popularized by the sound systems. Studio engineers would remove the vocals from already popular tracks and place more emphasis on the drum and bass parts. Asili stays true to the traditional Jamaican sound with his deejaying by featuring classic artists like Bob Marley and Barrington Levy, but throws in a few unique picks like Joyce Bond’s cover of the Beatles’ “Ob La Di Ob La Da.” The mix can be found on Asili’s Soundcloud and you can also hear him deejay his weekly radio program “In the Cut” on WGXC.

Tracklist:

1. “Capone’s Revenge” Glen Adams

2. “Cream of the Crop” Prince Fari

3. “Sabotage” Desmond Dekker

4. “Wake up Jamaica” Dennis Alcapone

5. “A Shot in the Dark” Roland Alphonso

6. “A Love Like Yours” John Holt

7. “Get Up” Jackie Edwards

8. “Moments” Al Campbell

9. “Baby I’ve Been Missing You” Bunny Maloney

10. “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely” Horace Andy

11. “It’s A Shame” Delroy Wilson

12. “Dum Dum” Delroy Wilson

13. “Life Is For Living” Elaine Moore

14. “Natty Cool” Jah Sonny

15. “Rent Crisis” Max Romeo

16. “World Go Away” Elaine Moore

17. “Memories By the Score” Ansel Linkers and the Christian All Stars

18. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” Jimmy London and the Impact All Stars

19. “Let It Be” The Mohawks

20. “Ob La Di Ob La Da” Joyce Bond

21. “Pretty Cottage” Stranger “Soul” Cole

22. “Mighty Organ” Glen Adams

23. “Chicken Mary” The Pyramids

24. “Our Reggae Music” Brown Sugar

25. “The Bed’s Too Big Without You” Sheila Hylton

26. “Top Rankin (1995)” Althea and Donna

27. “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)” Dawn Penn

28. “That’s the Way Love Goes” Sharon Forrester

29. “Speak Softly Love” Clive Mathews

30. “Under Mi Sensi” Barrington Levy

31. “Tribute to Marley” Lone Ranger

32. “Ambush In the Night” Bob Marley

33. “Rock to Sleep” Horace Andy

34. “False Rasta” Jacob Miller

35. “Acting Strange” Delroy Scarlett

36. “Skylarking” Horace Andy

37. “Some Day We’ll Be Together” Joy Roberts

38. “Just My Imagination” The Charmers

39. “La La Means I Love You” Alton Ellis

40. “Gypsy Woman” The Mighty Diamonds

41. “Voice of My Father” Dennis Brown

42. “Rooting For A Cause” The Cimarons

 

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