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Tumbao Radio
Latin Worldwide Sounds

Radio Tumbao – Show #03 “Cuba” (Hosted by Tumbao)

Tumbao Radio returns with a deep dive into the music of Cuba – a heritage whose Afro-spiritual roots and genre-busting creativity underpin a fierce resilience of both culture and people. The show starts with some older classics from the godfather of the son montuno, blind tres master Arsenio Rodríguez, beloved …

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Artist Spotlight
Soul

Remembering Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley was a truly inspirational figure in the music world and his passing is a tough blow to Soul fans across the world. His journey, as documented in the excellent Soul of America Documentary is not only uplifting and the ultimate ode to perseverance in music, but it is …

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Radio Tumbao
Worldwide Sounds

Radio Tumbao – Show #02 (Hosted by Tumbao)

Radio Tumbao returns with a selection of vinyl from the African continent. This episode they’re serving up a heaping plate of Congolese soukous, Nigerian fuji, Ghanaian funk and afro-latin ditties from Senegal! Selectors: DJ Rhythm & Hues, Dr. Bahar, ASMA Hosted and produced by: DJ Rhythm & Hues TRACKLIST Les …

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Guest Mix
Latin

MIMS Guest Mix: Tumbao Radio (Colombia Special)

Tumbao is an Afro-Latin Soundsystem that will make the dancefloor hustle to the tropical sounds of vinyl records from African, Latin, Caribbean and Oriental shores. In this inaugural episode for Radio Tumbao, the Montreal-based collective (formed of DJ Rhythm & Hues, Dr. Bahar and frequent MIMS contributor ASMA) cooks up …

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Playlists
Eclectic

Reissues & Deep Digs by ASMA

The latest reissues as well as some deep cuts hand-picked by ASMA. Streaming on your desired platform, this playlist is updated regularly so check back often. Reissues, Brazilian, World, Soul, Latin, and everything in between.

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Artist Spotlight
Soul

Remembering Leon Ware (1940 – 2017)

The musical behemoth Leon Ware – producer, songwriter, and performer has left us. He started his career writing sweet soul songs in the ’60s penning hits for Ike and Tina Turner, and he truly blossomed in the ’70s writing for Minnie Ripperton, Quincy Jones, and arranging, producing, and co-writing the masterpiece …

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Forgotten Treasures
Brazil

Piri “Vocês Querem Mate?” (Far Out Recordings)

Roberto Quartin is one of the unsung heroes of Brazilian musical history. In 1969 he sold the rights to Polygram Records and started his own self-titled label Quartin Records in which he released “Vocês Querem Mate?”, an unbeknownst psych-folk debut of obscure singer songwriter Piry Reis. Robert Quartin has also released …

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Future Classics
Modern Funk

MadD3E “Split Series #3” (Voyage Funktastique)

MadD3E is a surgically precise producer hailing from Rome. As is always the case, Voyage Funktastique has scoured the world map to bring us the finest global Future Funk in the planet, and the new “Split Series #3” is no exception. The musical build up to “Bounce Right” surprises right out …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Hildergard Knef “Im Achzigsten Stockwerk” (1970, Decca Records)

In the world of vinyl, Germany is famous for its great classical pressings and the undeniable influence of Krautrock on modern electronic music. That’s why I was so surprised to find a smooth and downright funky track on Hildegard Knef’s 1970 LP. Indeed the song Im Achzigsten Stockwerk highlights the …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Ronn Forella “Moves” (1975)

Ronn Forella‘s Moves is part of a series of instructional dance Records that came out on the Hoctor Label. The label has other cool albums with great breaks and samples, but this is probably the most out-there, creative, and sought after of them all. You just need to listen to …

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Future Classics
Afro

Future Classic: Los Sospechos “Postales OST” (Menahan Street Band, Budos Band)

Sometimes a record finds you. I was at a Charles Bradley concert perusing a crudely set up merch table when the LP caught my eye. Its cover featured the word “Cuzco”, and the Peruvian police uniform I had learned to recognize in my many months spent in Peru. On the …

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Future Classics
Brazil

Future Classic: Azymuth “Fênix” (Far Out Records)

The legendary Brazilian jazz trio Azymuth has tirelessly released more than 25 albums over a span of 40 years. After interviewing the group I knew a new album was in the works, and seeing the video of them back in the studio got me very excited. However, I was not …

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