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The Classicaliszt
Classical

THE CLASSICALISZT – Show #04 “An Ode To Andres Segovia” (Hosted by ASMA)

Sometimes mastery is embodied by a defining figure, an artist that is emblematic of the instrument itself. In terms of classical guitar, spaniard Andres Segovia is atop the pantheon. From his tone to his innovative techniques and countless transcriptions he set the foundation for modern classical guitar playing. For example, …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

THE CLASSICALISZT – Show #03 “Sleep” (Hosted by ASMA)

For this episode we are going to the relaxing realm with a show dedicated to soothing classical sounds. A 33 minute escapade into the great composers’ most calming repertoires. From Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony (used in a Simpsons episode) to the dreamy sounds of Saint-Saens and Satie, this episode will help …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

THE CLASSICALISZT – Show #02 “The Legacy Of Pablo Casals” (Hosted by ASMA)

For our second instalment we will be exploring the life, times and music of legendary cellist Pablo Casals. Apart from being one of the first and finest cello interpreters in the world, Casals brought Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello back to life; inspiring a generation of musicians. This show will …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

THE CLASSICALISZT – Show #01 (Hosted by ASMA)

The Classicaliszt is meant to be a guide to Classical music for the casual listener. Using my passion for the genre pressed on vinyl, I hope to share some knowledge and to introduce some incredible compositions to your musical rotation! When I was younger I sang professionally in a choir, …

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Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

High Klassified “Kanvaz” (Fool’s Gold Records)

Fresh off his first platinum plaque, the Laval producer comes through with a stellar and eclectic EP. To think he almost lost it all! Indeed, after having his hard drive stolen mid-performance… all the material for High Klassified’s upcoming album was suddenly lost. Except for one beat that became Future’s …

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Tumbao Radio
Worldwide Sounds

Tumbao Radio – 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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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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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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