FUSION 3: house of Eshu


In Yoruba spiritual traditions (contemporary Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria) as well as its descendant Afro-diasporic faiths like Vodou, Santeria/Lukumi and Candomble, Eshu is an important Orisha.

The divine messenger between Gods and Man, Eshu is the gatekeeper, protector of travelers, guardian of the Crossroads, offering choices and reveals possibilities.

Often identified by the number three, and the colours red & black, Eshu represents the balance of nature, Day and night, creation and destruction, old age and youth.

Yet more than conduit between this and other worlds, Eshu is also a spirit of Chaos and a devious trickster, playing games and serving up mischief with the ultimate aim of waking people up and teaching them lessons.

So, in the spirit of Eshu, FUSION 3 represents the balance between traditional and modern, "east" and "west", listening and dancing. This mashup album stands at the crossroads between the musical worlds of Yoruba talking steel drums, Cuban piano, Indonesian Gamelan, Cameroon Mbira (thumb piano), Black Panther poetry, South African Jazz, etc., and the House and Techno club sounds of today.

I think it will play a few tricks on minds which insist on seeing the world in discontinuously separate compartments.

01 [Nigeria/Germany] Etubom Rex Williams - Uwa Idem Mi <> Maurizio - M1
02 [Pan-Africa/USA] Guem & Zaka - L'Abeille <> Oasis - One
03 [Indonesia/Cuba] Django Mango - the wisdom of the fool <> Fast Vision Soul - Babatunde
04 [Burundi/South Africa] Chant d'enfant accompagne d'un arc musical umuduri <> Spikiri feat. Hugh Masekela - Spiyanko Bonus Beats
05 [Nigeria/UK] Wahabi Arowoshila - Gbogbo Musulumi Ododo (Fuji) <> Hector and Bryant - Tension
06 [Cameroon/Germany] Frances Bebey - Africa Sanza <> Basti Grub - oma vovo
07 [Cameroon/UK] Frances Bebey - Bameda <> AudioFly - Sweeter Than
08 [Indonesia/Germany] Sambasunda - Sumimaula <> Liapin - BlackMamba
09 [USA/Italy] Sarah Webster Fabio - Glimpses / Nigger Sweat <> Double Dash - Mas
10 [Nigeria/UK] Madam Mujidat Ogunfalu & Her Waka Group - Ololo Nise Awo Won Ni <> Chris Wood and Frank Leicher - Into the Jungle
11 [South Africa/USA] Ricky Rimbiandarison  -  Imamohamana Dry (The Wake Up Drum) <> Cpen - African Jack
12 [Ghana/USA] Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann - Funky Hi-Life <> Yonurican - Lucha Machete (Ricardo Miranda Drum Mix)
13 [Mali] Oumou Sangare - Yala (Zhao Fix)
14 [Ghana/Netherlands] Guy Warren - BUILSA <> Gregor Salto - Classic Beat
15 [USA/Nigeria] Sarah Webster Fabio - Boss Soul <> Osunlade  -  Native Tongue
16 [Mali/Sweden] Ahmed Fofana - Balani <> Jamtech Foundation - Too Fast (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
17 [Ethiopia/Germany] Bole 2 Harlem - Home <> Booka Shade - Hide and Seek In Geishas Garden


bigup This Is Africa for posting this!


djsabo said...

track 1 is a beast!

zhao said...

grassy-ass Sabo! missed your show when you were out here, next time will come out for sure :)

yeah i'm fond of that one... but the centerpiece for me, i guess is why i put it in the center, is Madam Mujidat Ogunfalu & Her Waka Group... that Yoruba shit is just so ill beyond all probability.

Anonymous said...

isn't the 1st (excellent) track by maurizio not R&S ;)

zhao said...

oh shit i think you're right. i didn't bother to check because in my mind it was R+S for all these years! OOOOOOOOOPS! (but i don't think it's the end of the world... same family at least!)

Priit said...

mate this mix is INSANE, and I totally agree with you on the Madame Mujidat tune. How did you mix this? Was it all done live or...? It's just so perfectly combined

zhao said...

yup all done live... er... Ableton Live that is... :)

Priit said...

thou art a badman dj

Henk Madrotter said...

NICE!!!! thanks zhao!