12 November 2007

Mondays mp3: Ska Mitzva

It started out as a wildly stormy day: cold, windy, rainy. But then I was asked to fill in this afternoon. Another chance to share global tunes? Of course, I said yes. So below is a bonus playlist. Sorry, no audio archive for this bonus show, but I'll share one piece of it, an under-appreciated and very fun Jewish ska tune.

King Django is the musical alter-identity of Jeff Baker, who's been part of a number of NYC ska bands and record labels. And the song? Let's turn to the King himself, in an israelbeat interview:

[W]hen Stubborn All Stars were signed to Profile Records, the guy that signed us had asked me if I wanted to make a Stubborn All Stars Christmas record. And I just told him, naa, I can't make a Christmas record because I'm Jewish. About a week later I was in the office doing some stuff and he came over to me and he said 'I've got it!' And I was like what do you mean? He said, 'Ska-Mitzvah!' I was looking at him like, what are you talking about? And he said, you know, remember I asked you to do that Christmas record? Well why don't you make a Jewish ska record instead. And I said, 'that's an awesome idea'. And that's basically how that record was born.

[mp3] King Django: Ska Mitzvah
from the 1998 album King Django’s Roots & Culture

King Django's website

And the playlist for today's bonus radio show:

Hour 1
Shukar Collective - Oh Girl - Rromatek
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara - Naafigi - Soul Science
DJ Bitman - Me Gustan - Latin Bitman
James Whetzel - Everything Strange - Subcontinental Palmwine Electro Live
Ojos de Brujo - Tiempo de Solea - Bari
Michael Spiro & Michael Williams - Butsu Mutandari / Iyesa - BataMbira
Setsubun Bean Unit - Tsugaru Jinku - Setsubun Bean Unit
King Django - Ska Mitzva - King Django’s Roots & Culture
Taj Weekes & Adowa - Orphans Cry - Deidem EP
Tendai Muparutsa - Nyamaropa / Ngomakurira - Zimbabwe Acoustics
Dazibao - Chesy Mum - E40
El Hadj N’Diaye - Yoon Wii / This Road - Xel
Madame Afrique - Swamp Thing - She’s Hot
Zoboly - Korossorok - Ertem a Kujonsagot

Hour 2
M. I. A. - Mango Pickle Down River - Kala
Alacran - Reflejo de Luna - Tango Motion/Neo Tango Chill
Sevda Alekperzade - Lolo - Gul acdi
Tango No. 9 feat. Jonathan Richman - Amor de Mis Amores - Here Live No Fish
Zap Mama - Comment Ca Va - A Ma Zone
Kobo Town - Higher Than Mercy - Independence
Brian Bender & the World Beatniks - Jah Spirit - Urban Jungle
Shantel - Disko Partizani - Disko Partizani
Mau Mau - Il Treno del Sole - Dea
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Guajara Ska - Another Dance
Sola Akingbola - Seegesi Olooya - Routes to Roots
Albino - Democracy - Rhino

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