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Radio Tumbao
Worldwide Sounds

Radio Tumbao – Show #05 “Vacile Picotero” (Hosted by Tumbao)

The latest instalment of Tumbao Radio is a vinyl-fueled ride through the barrios of Cartagena and Barranquilla, a VACILE PICOTERO, inspired by the streetside soundsystem culture and afro-colombian rarities typical of the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Congolese Soukous, Ghanaian Highlife, and Nigerian Afro-Funk were among the staples of Pico soundsystem …

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Afro Jazz

Remembering Hugh Masekala

Not often is a musician the embodiment of an entire musical genre let alone a social movement. In the case of South African Jazz giant Hugh Masekela who sadly left us today, the argument can be made that his powerful horn playing and songwriting accomplished just that. Masekela flourished in …

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Tribute Mixes
Jazz Latin

Tribute to Cal Tjader – Selected & Mixed by DJ ASMA

Cal Tjader was one of the hardest working musicians in Jazz who mastered countless instruments and rose through the ranks working with Verdadero Cuban and Afro-Latin musicians, deviating from the popular Exotica style of the times. When he finally came into his own in the Verve/Fantasy years, his creative talent …

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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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