Hache ST and Quilomboarte present ZAFRA (Album release May 3rd), the title of its most recent album; a project consolidated under a lucid discourse on Quisqueya, whose principal subject matter is the plea of the excluded, highlighting their struggles against hegemonic culture.
The artist underscores the subject of dominicanidad (dominican-ness; the Dominican national identity) and the construction of identity from the point of view of the the Haitian-Dominican predicament, delving into a deeper history than that which is popularly taught in elementary schools. In that sense, ZAFRA pays homage to well-known figures, such as Sebastian Lemba, in their struggles for emancipation; in that way the album picks up cross curricular issues on a cultural platform that allows you to visualize the versatility and interpretive strength of Hache ST’s current album which moves through subject matters such as the vindication of celebration, the importance of self-determination of women in the patriarchal setting, and the distorted educational system.
Musically, ZAFRA expresses a balance between soulful beats, neo-soul, jazz, drum sequences notably divergent from the 4/4 beat, and haitian “Gaga” percussion. In addition, the backing vocals sung by feminine vocals give the album a touch of sensibility through smooth melodies while energetically charged at the same time, similarly to those small details of synthesizers over samples, scratches, and live saxophones.
The album features collaborations with artists such as Frank T (one of the first and most respected MC’s in Spain), Bocafloja, Cambio, Favi, Lianna (Colombia), Acentoh (Dominican Republic), Alexandra Blakely (Seattle), Jonatan Piña Duluc (Jonás), Kwesi Ernesto Rodríguez (percussion), Ari Why (scratches) and DJ Bobby Bob (scratches). Producers include Jim B, Gas Lab, Best Quality, Andino, DJ Manuvers and Oscar Da Great.
Here is the newest video from legendary DC emcee Kokayi performing ’44′ with his band at the Rock & Roll Hotel in NE, Washington, DC.
Nomadic Massive on the couch in Washington, DC.
Shot & Edited by Magee
Legendary DC emcee Kokayi performs ‘Birdus Ghetti’ at the Rock & Roll Hotel in NE, Washington DC, with his band.
Shot and Edited by Magee
Here is the newest video from Bells Atlas called “Video Star” recorded live at Honor Roll Studios in Miami, FL.
Sanda, the lead singer of Bells Atlas, is also on the Diaspora Mixtape v2, and you can find the full band on Internationally Known v2.
Video and Sound Recording by Luke Moellman
Filmed at Honor Roll Studios
Nomadic Wax tour 2011: Nomadic Massive live @ Tufts University in Boston, MA, w/ Dj Boo on the 1′s & 2′s. Performing at the 2011 Tufts University Hip Hop For Social Change Festival, this clip includes the Canada-based group performing ‘Make It Work,’ ‘Satisfy Me,’ ‘Sundance,’ ‘Moving Forward,’ & ‘Duty.’
Nomadic Wax Tour 2011: Nomadic Massive live at the 2011 Hip Hop for Social Change Festival at Tufts University in Boston, MA. This clip includes the Canadian-based group performing ‘Take My Space’ with Jordan Peters on guitar, Mark Haynes of Groundfood on bass, and Dj Boo on the 1′s & 2′s.
Check out another clip of Nomadic Massive performing live at the 2011 Tufts University Hip Hop for Social Change Festival in Boston, MA. In this video, the Canadian-based group performs ‘Nou La’ & ‘Sound So Sweet’ with Jordan Peters on guitar, Mark Haynes of Groundfood on bass, and Dj Boo on the turntables.
Nomadic Wax Tour 2011:
Nomadic Massive live at Tufts University in Boston, MA, w/ Dj Boo on the 1′s & 2′s. Performing at the 2011 Tufts University Hip Hop For Social Change Festival, this clip includes the Canada-based group performing ‘Leve Leve’ with Jordan Peters on guitar, Mark Haynes of Groundfood on bass, and Dj Boo on the turntables.