Released 16 April 2013 – Nomadic Massive “Any Sound” ep
2. Nah Murderah
3. Any Sound
4. Meant for Me
5. Throwback ’13
The third in the acclaimed mixtape series, Internationally Known vol. 3 picks up where it left off in 2012, continuing to explore the global horizons of hip hop music. The 38-track mixtape offers some of the world’s top shelf hip hop artists including X Plastaz (Tanzania), Outspoken (Zimbabwe), Bocafloja (Mexico), Akala (UK), Wageble (Senegal) and Omar Offendum (Syria/USA). In all, more than 40 artists from over 30 countries are represented in Internationally Known vol. 3.
Originally conceived by pioneering emcee Dumi RIGHT of Zimbabwe Legit, Nomadic Wax’s Dj Magee, and Italy’s Dj Nio, the mixtape series has become home to many of the world’s most interesting young artists. On Vol. 3, Washington, DC’s DJ Plain View is behind the turntables, giving us the freshest mix of global sounds while Dumi Right once again hosts.
Hip Hop is a global phenomenon, and its feminine voice is exposing new frontiers of creativity. Rooted in the five elements, Hip Hop has grown to nurture socio-spiritual growth and community development worldwide. As further evidence of this, World Hip Hop Market, Nomadic Wax, and Detroit’s DJ LaJedi have joined forces with artists from over 15 nations to release World Hip Hop Women: From The Sound Up.
“We offer you an alternative, all feminine, all-star representative, all perspective, all nation, the global champion, call it the reckoning, all elements, all natural, it’s effortless.” – World Hip Hop Women hostess Eternia, taken from her track, “The BBQ Remix (ft. Tiye Phoenix & Jean Grae)”
The hip hop scene in Zimbabwe is fierce, and also heavily slept on. Overshadowed by the scenes in its neighboring countries, it is only a matter of time before movements like Magamba Network’s Shoko Festival and the Book Cafe’s regular events are going to get the international exposure they deserve. We at Nomadic Wax have been working with hip hop from all over the world for many years now, but the scene in Zim has becoming one of our favorite scenes. Rich in diversity in styles, language usage, skills, and creative ways to be political in one of the more difficult places in the world to be an activist, Zimbabwean hip hop is ready to blow. With the 2nd annual Shoko Festival taking place in a few weeks, the Zim scene has seen an unprecedented multi-year stretch of massive growth and increased exposure. To help create another access point for rest of the world into Zimbabwean hip hop, Nomadic Wax put together this little ‘Live From Zimbabwe’ mixtape, providing y’all with a small window into one of the most underrated scenes on the planet. The mix is a celebration of dope hip hop, lyrical skills, and the impressive work that Magamba and the Shoko Festival are doing on the ground with youth and the arts. So enjoy the sounds as DJ RBI takes you on a musical journey through the streets of H-town and beyond.
LISTEN TO THE ORIGINAL HERE
As a kid growing up, M.O.A’s (Minista Of Agrikulcha) parents were constantly playing the track “Sweet Mother” by Prince Nico Mbarga around the house. For M.O.A., the song came to symbolize his own mother, as well as strong African women around the world. Even as a 10 year old, the song had a major impact upon him. Fast forward to 2011- M.O.A. was reviewing a selection of beats sent to him by Sierra Leonian producer Olatunji Mason when he stumbled across one sampling ‘Sweet Mother.’ Brought back to his childhood, M.O.A wrote what he calls “the fastest 48 bars ever.” M.O.A. laughingly recalls the moment, “I literally got the email from Ola in the morning and an hour later was done writing.” A few phone calls later and M.O.A. had young Congolese singer Rafiya singing the chorus. The track, entitled ‘Sweet Moda,’ was recorded at legendary Larry Gold’s ‘The Studio’ in Philadelphia.
Here at Nomadic Wax, M.O.A.’s ‘Sweet Moda’ track is easily one of our favorite all time singles. Up there with Tumi’s ‘Once Upon A Time [in Africa],’ this track is an instant classic. Nomadic Wax Creative Director DJ Magee calls the track “genius.” The track is defined by M.O.A.’s smooth flow, seamless language transitions and varied flow patterns. The chorus is so catchy, and M.O.A.’s voice is infectious. M.O.A. is able to capture his experiences as a young man in West Africa, and here in the Diaspora, and his pride for his continent, all sentiments and experiences shared by some many people all around the world.
As it is one of our favorite tracks out there, our team pitched a remix campaign to M.O.A.. He jumped at the idea and today, we have our first remix of the original track. This one is by producer/emcee John Moon, of the innovative (and very dope!) live band hip hop collective the Cornel West Theory, based out of Washington DC. John flipped the entire sound of the track, giving it a more luxurious and spacey vibe as opposed to the original, more crunchy sample-based track. John was inspired by the track’s depth of storytelling: “There was a strong cinematic element to it. I could close my eyes and see the whole film unfold before me…” He was also drawn to “Sweet Moda” by the vocals: “…from Rafiya’s singing to M.O.A.’s verses there was a tangible African quality that was both foreign and familiar on a soul level.”
The remixed version feels like a whole new song. Who knew we could love M.O.A.’s track even more?
Une vie, une douleur, une victoire (a life, a pain, a victory) was recorded in various studios across Ouagadougou in 2010; and on a shoestring budget. Tracks like “Ce que l’on pense” are a perfect example of Ken and Kiz’s commitment to political insight, as well as their artistic symbiosis.
You will be hard pressed to hear pair of artists who live and breathe hip hop to the extent that these two emcees do. Ken and Ngongull have sacrificed their homes, their lives–everything– for hip hop. Their persistence and desire to remain politically active and outspoken at all costs is synonymous with being devoted emcees. With their latest release Poetes Fyziks are giving new definition to the phrase “and ya don’t stop!”
As Italy’s most prominent, politically conscious hip hop group, Zero Plastica was asked to create this song on behalf of the anti-mafia group LIBERA. Meaning simply “God’s Kick,” “La Pedata di Dio” is an attempt to strengthen the voices of the Italian citizens who are brave enough to speak out against a government corrupted by ancient organized crime regimes.
DJ Nio of Zero Plastica writes, “Some Sicilian friends told us that we could have been killed if we made this song in the ’90s, but thank God it’s 2012 and the mafias are more interested in expanding their business than killing three damn rappers.”
LIBERA, Italy’s most important anti-mafia association, was created in 1995 in order to solicit civil society in the fight against mafias and promote law and justice. LIBERA is a coordination of more than 1500 organizations, groups, schools, and grassroots operations, committed to building an organization capable of spreading the culture of legality. Zero Plastica , who dropped the politically charged Basta! last year, were more than honored to be a part of their message.
Among the most complex and influential global organized crime groups, the Italian Mafias have long been the model for other illegal entities. They are divided into many different sub-groups and gain protection from many of Italy’s corrupt politicians. Many Italian citizens are fed up with the way politicians are ignoring what’s best for Italy and, instead, focusing on profits from this illicit groups. The organizers of recent protests laud Zero Plastica as “…and example of modern resistance for the youth and a worth persecutor of the partisans.”
Nomadic Wax, TribUrbana, and Basement Underground Studio presents: AFRITALIAN
Nomadic Wax continues their Audio Documentary series with AFRITALIAN, pushing the boundaries of the traditional mixtape format. Nomadic Wax partner Dj Nio (Zero Plastica) from of Italy, co-produced this short musical adventure that explores the experience of African immigrants in Italy. This topic has raised significant controversy in recent years with a large number of racially motivated violent incidents, protests and political activism. Learn more from the artists themselves and, enjoy!
SUBATOMIC SOUND is back with a ground shaking, political scorcher from Jamaica’s massive dancehall reggae star Anthony B on Subatomic Sound System & Nomadic Wax‘ re-upped “NYC-2-Africa” riddim, recorded in Africa, NYC, and Jamaica. In response to the universal anti-corruption message, it was remixed by producers from around the globe, essentially musically translating into the dialect of what’s happening on their streets, resulting in twelve amazing versions we couldn’t have imagined, from cumbia to tropical to all sorts of dubstep twist ups as well as vintage rude boy roots, hip hop, and dancehall reggae!
Anthony B’s politically charged anthem is particularly riveting because it called out JA’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the time he was struggling with civil war surrounding the United States-requested extradition of “Dudus,” a don from the Tivoli Gardens garrison district of Kingston and a leader of the Prime Ministers main constituency—an obvious point of hypocrisy.
Anthony B recorded his vocals in Kingston in April 2010, as the the city broke out in riots capped off by the Tivoli Gardens military extradition raid. Tensions were further heightened by a drought that led to water supplies to many of Kingston’s residents being cut off for days at a time.
When Anthony first heard the African drums, his eyes lit up and he and his crew began a classic African call and response chant to the beat. After listening to the riddim over and over on repeat, he demanded to go straight into the studio and, without a word written, delivered a blistering performance, waiving his lighter and literally jumping off the walls of the vocal booth while singing like a man on fire.
Nomadic Wax releases the second installment of Internationally Known, the most comprehensive ongoing international hip hop mixtape series in the industry.
The 38-track mixtape presents artists from over 30 countries, and features some of the world’s fastest rising stars, including Zero Plastica (Italy), Modenine (Nigeria), Alesh (D.R.C.), Las Krudas (Cuba), Art Melody (Burkina Faso), Vox Sambou (Haiti), Emile YX (South Africa), and Diamondog (Angola), to name a few.
Originally conceived by pioneering emcee Dumi RIGHT of Zimbabwe Legit, Nomadic Wax’s Dj Magee, and Italy’s Dj Nio, the mixtape series has become home to many of the world’s most interesting young artists. On Vol. 2, Dumi Right continues his hosting duties as NYC heavyweight Dj Boo pilots the listener around the world and back, shedding light on new musical sounds, styles, and artists.
The closing track is “Super MC’s,” a Nomadic Wax exclusive that is this year’s anthem for the international hip hop community. The track rep’s the best from all four corners of the world and solidifies Internationally Known as a tastemaker’s pick for global urban music.
Click here for a complete track list!