February 23, 2012

Video: Sorie Kondi - Without Money No Family (Chief Boima Remix)

A great remix of blind Sierra Leonean vocalist Sorie Kondi by Chief Boima, the globe-trotting Sierra Leonean-American DJ and producer, who also helped record the New York segments of the above video, combining his Brooklyn habitat with what appears to be Kondi's in Freetown, the capital of his native country. It's tempting to see the song - called "Without Money No Family" - as a juxtaposition of these two places that people traditionally have gone to seeking their fortune, with Freetown's life revolving as much around its harbor as New York's spiritual and financial heart is buried somewhere in the man made tangle of tunnels and utility lines under Manhattan. The song comes from Boima's recent mini-album of reworks and new mixes African In New York out on Dutty Artz. With anticipation rising for his debut LP this fall, he's also recently curated a fun mix for the electro-mutants over at XLR8R.

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