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SONG OF THE DAY Orquesta Akokán – Mi Conga Es De Akokán

This jubilant little bad boy has definitely kicked some life into me tonight and is a welcome burst of joy! Orquesta Akokán are a Cuban mambo big band that formed in 2017 when Cuban vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez gathered together … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Cochemea – Burning Plain

“Vol II: Baca Sewa – is an offering and continuation of Cochemea’s explorations, part of a musical process of cultural reclamation and healing through connection, relations, memory and imagination…..” (Daptone Records) Cochemea Gastelum is a California native with Yaqui and … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Okuté – Quiere La Rumba

Exploring the paths and avenues that entwine the sounds of Cuban rumba and West African music, Okuté are an ensemble from Havana, Cuba who, to quote their bio, are “putting the spotlight on the sound of 1960s Cuba with a … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Los Yesterdays – Time

Los Yesterdays originated in a Californian garage when Gabriel Rowland teamed up with his old friend Victor Benavides.  Rowland, a long time drummer and eccentric creator of abundant soulful things, took charge of recording as well as playing all the … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Johnny’s Uncalled Four – Please Say

Consisting of John Golden (the head “Johnny” – vocals/guitar), John Herron (rhythm guitar), Don Davis (bass) and Dennis Beery (drums), Johnny’s Uncalled Four were a four-piece from Ohio…though with a name like this, I didn’t really have to point out … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY T. Benny & the Buzz Brothers – The Drought

When Wick Records received a tape recording of this song in a random package one day, the attraction was immediate; they wanted this record and snatched up the opportunity to press this right away!  Is it any wonder though?  For … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY James Hunter Six – Til I Hear It From You

The gloriously deep rich tones of James Hunter have been roaring out authentic, heartfelt tunes ever since he started out in 1986 and his nostalgic, soulful sound has only grown in character and strength ever since. Seeing them live this … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Sharon Jones with E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders – Heaven Bound

Even in her mid teens Sharon Jones was honing her songwriting skills, sharpening her natural musical creative attributes as she began composing music. Today’s song is testament to her raw talent and, coupled with one other track entitled Keys to … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Cochemea – Mitote

 Cochemea Gastelum is a California native with Yaqui and Mescalero Apache Indian ancestry.  Growing up surrounded by music, he knew very little of his heritage, but both his parents were musicians, passing not only their sonic roots but a name … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY The Mystery Lights – Goin’ Down

Today’s date has been well and truly etched in my diary ever since The Mystery Lights announced it as the release date for their second album.  Out today on Daptone’s rock subsidiary, Wick Records, Too Much Tension finds the group … Continue reading

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