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Breakthrough Afrika Mixtape

breakthrough afrika

Track Listing v.1

01 Minuit [Fagaru Evolution]

02 Muxima [Os Keizos]

03 Amasco dima no [Rochereau and African Fiesta]

04 Aura moreno[ Tabu Ley Rochereau]

05 Bowao [Tiers Monde]

06 Bholen Mwana [Orchestre Negro Succes]

07 Bahole Njalo [Mahlathini]

08 Camarada Kill Bill [Paulo Flores]

09 Belga [Cesaria Evora]

10 Tezeta [Getatchew Mekurya]

11 Zunkuluke [Quatre Etoiles]

12 Saudades De Luanda [Os Keizos]

13 Tika Nasakola [Sam Mangwana]

14 K’an Ben [Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate]

15 Makono [Lobi Traore]

16 Wariko [Amadou Balake]



Track Listing v.2

17 Petit Sekou [Bembeya Jazz National]

18 Testament Ya Bowule [Simaro Massiya Lutumba]

19 Rhumba [The Cold Storage Band]

20 Breakthrough [The Funkees]

21 Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu [Brenda Fassie]

22 The More I See You [The Invaders]

23 Mke wa kwanza [Orcestre Simba Wanyki]

24 Awé Ho Mè [Orchestre Black Santiago]

25 Retany [Tarika]

26 Mi Guajeo [Orchestre N’guewel]

27 Almokerkum Neber [Hiru Begele]

28 Marie Lou [Tabu Ley]

29 Mr. Bull Dog (45 Version) [The MEbusas]

30 Tar Hani (My Love) [Bombino]

31 Kôté Don [Rokia Traore]

32 O Mang [Hi Hop Pantsula]


Gone: Merle Haggard

merle rip

My first Merle Haggard record, picked up at a shop in Dinkytown in Minneapolis, way back in the early 1980s was called Serving 190 Proof. I really don’t know why I decided to fork out the five or six bucks for a country and western record but I thank my lucky stars I did.


At that point my musical tastes were quite immature. Sure, Johnny Cash was a hero and Willie Nelson was fun, but country music in general was anathema to me. Hoaky music for rednecks.


But I read a lot of music reviews and Merle was someone the rock critics consistently praised. Maybe it was the album cover—a hand coloured photo of Merle looking lonely at a bar—that got me to dish out the cash. I can’t recall from this far up the road, but that album became instantly a favourite. It’s remained so for 30+ years.


More albums followed and my head and cassette tapes filled with Merle Haggard songs: Big City, Driftwood, Okie from Muskogee, Shopping from Dresses, Poncho and Lefty many of which I’ve included in this mixtape to mark his passing yesterday.


Merle’s songwriting is top notch. I have always been drawn more to his mellow side and songs where he seems to be simply reflecting on the wonders and sorrows of the simple life. Merle’s songs are full of nostalgia and hope and a sad resignation to never ending change.   His baritone which has to be one of the smoothest and most expressive natural voices ever gifted to mankind is what consistently delights and enchants me. Be it the rowdy CC Waterback with pal George Jones, the boozy anthem Swinging Doors or the downright classic, Kern River, it is voice that drives the nail into the knotted wood.


From little things big things grow, said another fine singer. And from that one LP purchased three and half decades ago, Merle’s place in my musical estimation has steadily risen. I reckon he is one of three singers whose music I consistently and regularly come back to for more inspiration, insight and pleasure. So his passing is a terrible loss.


Thanks for everything hoss!


Track Listing

01 Mississippi Delta Blues

02 There I’ve Said It Again

03 Crazy Moon

04 I’ll Be a Hero (When I Strike)

05 The Last Letter

06 What Happened

07 You Don’t Have Very Far To Go

08 Truck Driver’s Blues

09 Rainbow Stew

10 Pancho And Lefty

11 Are the Good Times Really Over

12 Going Where The Lonely Go

13 Swinging Doors Strangers

14 Still Water Runs The Deepest

15 Workin’ Man Blues

16 The Fightin’ Side of Me

17 Django and Jimmie

18 The Bottle Let Me Down

19 C.C. Waterback

20 Tulare Dust

21 My Own Kind of Hat

22 I Am What I Am

23 If I Could Only Fly

24 Driftwood

25 Walking the Floor Over You

26 Natural High

27 Irma Jackson

28 Okie from Muskogee

29 Kern River



Stay Sane at Work: Mixtapes


For those of you /us who struggle from time to time with boredom or cynicism or ennui at work. And restlessness too. Just can’t stand your co-workers and your boss is a ponce? Well what you need is a bit of fresh music and a playlist or two to listen to between meetings (maybe even during meetings).

Here you go. Long live 5 o’clock!

Stay Sane Pt 1

Track Listing (Pt. 1)

01 The Wonder Of It All [Mind & Matter]

02 No No Blues[Culey Weaver]

03 Your Love’s Been Good For Me [Gladys Knight & The Pips]

04 Swing Low, Chariot [Sister O.M. Terrell]                                                                           1

05 Funny World [Johnny Hartman]

06 The Panama Limited [Washington White]

07 Get a Feeling [Kings Go Forth]

08 I Want Jesus To Walk With Me [Shirley Stewart]

09 Ash Can Blues[Cliff Carlisle]

10 Talk To Me Baby[Fleetwood Mac]

11 Signed Gladys[Gladys Knight & The Pips]

12 Kalimba [Mr. Scruff]

13 Sleepin’ Bee [Johnny Hartman]

14 Gotta Make Me a Gun[Basement Freaks]

15 Never Feel Cold (feat. Mendee Ichikawa) [Bosq Of Whiskey Barons]

16 Now That I Don’t Have You[Mind & Matter]

17 Missing You[Billy Paul]

18 Black Family  [Roy Ayers]


StaySane Pt 2

Track Listing: (pt. 2)

01 My Baby’s Got A Dead Man’s Number [Chris Gaffney]

02 Almost Persuaded[David Houston]

03 Amos Moses [Jerry Reed]

04 King of California [Dave Alvin]

05 I Wish I Didn’t Love You So [k.d. lang]

06 Polk Salad Annie[Tony Joe White and Johnny Cash]

07 Sad Songs And Waltzes [Cake]

08 Old River[Hazel Dickens/Ginny Hawker]

09 Ashgrove [Dave Alvin]

10 She Thinks I Still Care [Johnny Paycheck]

11 Are You Sure                [Ray Price]

12 California Women  [Hoyt Axton]

13 Another Place, Another Time [Jerry Lee Lewis]

14 Holding On To Nothing [Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton]

15 Rings Of Gold [Dottie West]

16 Alchoholidays [Chris Gaffney & The Cold Hard Facts]

17 Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone? [Charley Pride]

18 Collection Box [Thomas Jefferson Kaye]

19 In Time [Kelly Hogan]


(Belated) New Year’s Greetings


I know. One twelfth of the year is already history! So this post is a bit late but I reckon it is still early enough in this fifteenth year of the twenty first century to share some fresh sounds from mainly non-mainstream artists (in the West or on commercial radio at least).

 Cheap Ring cover

Track Listing:

01 Aye Go Mila Dubwize [Dennis Bovell] A bit of dubstep to get things moving from this one time collaborator of Linton Kwesi Johnson.

02 Serán Dos Seixedos [A. Buxaina] Galician folk music from northwest Iberia.

03 Lokada Kalaji [Raghu Dixit] Kannada bhangra with a brass band Led Zep twist.

04 Rumba SoYo [Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca] Updated Congolese Rumba for the new year.

05 Two-Step De Port Arthur [BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet] Honest to the bone Cajun music from the Louisana bayous.

06 Gente Pota [Caxade] Bucolic pastoral folk music from Spain

07 Mali Cuba [AfroCubism] Mali and Cuba old (and some young) boys collaborate to make lovely music.

08 Silent Passage [Bob Carpenter] Long lost gem of an unsung American folkie from the 70’s. Originally cut in 73 but issued in 1984, it finally gets reheard in 2015.

09 Full Moon and Empty Arms [Bob Dylan] Mr Z pays tribute to Frank on his upcoming album.

10 Wedding Dress [Alice Gerrard] 80 year old bluegrass cult figure comes out with strong music many years later.

11 Simbo [Kasse Mady Diabate] Malian kora player and collaborator with Taj Mahal, Afro Cubism and others, goes solo. Heartwrenching.

12 Sun Down [Tricky Featuring Tirzah] English club music, dark and tasty.

13 Dripping [Blonde Redhead] Gaze at your shoes.

14 Sparta [Jennifer Castle] In the long line of Canadian folkies comes Jennifer Castle. What a fluid voice!

15 Glory [Wye Oak] Baltimore’s best indie rock band in their Glory.

16 Where The River Don’t Flow [Liz Green] Manchester UK based singer takes up an ancient theme with a lilting piano lead.

17 When The Trail Goes Cold [Wooden Wand] James Jackson Toth aka Wooden Wand is a free spirit who refuses to be labeled by the music industry. Hints of Bob D anyone?

18 Look in Vain (radio edit) [New Build] Neo-disco from UK electronic boffins.

19 Lai Sing [Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band] Simply wonderfully unexpected Thai pop music.

20 Call of the Moose [Willy Mitchell] Canadian First National Willy sings about the icon of the frozen north. Rediscovered recording from the 1970s.

21 Cortez the Killer [Carrie Rodrigues] An unusual take on this Neil Young classic.

22 You’re Not Alone [Solomon Burke] No comment needed.

El Cheapo

Off the Leash: African Mixtape


 Have a nice weekend folks. To get you on your way is a little gift from the Washerman’s Dog studios!

Track Listing:

01 Na boyi danbinzi [Orchestre Mando Negro]

02 Onyame [Ashanti Afrika Jah]

03 Sogodounou [Nahawa Doumbia]

04 1er Gaou [Magic System]

05 Kyrie eleison [Orchestre Hi-Fives]

06 Ting’ Badi Malo [Gidigidi Majimaji]

07 Tweta [Mombasa Party and Zuhura Swaleh]

08 Black Egypt -Intro [Bukky Leo and Black Egypt]

09 Din Ya Sugri [Christy Azume and Uppers International]

10 Revolution [Sonny Okosun]

11 Gidelam [Baaba Maal]

12 Tollon Tollon [Afro National]

13 Ichibanda [Oliya Band]

14 Mosquito [Flaming Souls]

15 Despedida [Dimba Diangola]

16 Afro Funk [Afro Funk]

17 Elef Pan You [Afro National]

18 Marceline [Franco et le TP Ok Jazz]

19 Le Jour d’Après _ Siku Ya Baadaye (Indépendance Cha-Cha) [Baloji]

20 Heaven and Hell [William Onyeabor]

21 Mandalena Mazabuka [Smokey Haangala]


A Bit Belated: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014 Mixtape


Over the past few years I’ve put together an annual ‘peek’ into the Byron Bay Bluesfest, probably the most famous and grandest blues/roots festival in the southern hemisphere. Held in the stunning surrounds of Byron Bay on the northern coast of the Australian state of New South Wales, the Bluesfest has become a regular feature of many American and Australian blues acts’ itinerary.


This year, confronted with a new hectic pace of life, the festival came and went without my registering its Easter weekend occurrence. An old school mate who lives near to Byron Bay, recently and gently reminded me that the annual mixtape of Bluesfest offerings was long overdue!  And right she was!


And so, without any further comment, here is a musical souvenir of the some of the acts that headlined this year’s BBBF.


Rock on!

down under blues

Track Listing:

01 Mississippi Freight Train [James Cotton]

02 Drinking Muddy Water [North Mississippi Allstars]

03 Everybody Loves Me [Charlie Musselwhite and Charlie Sexton]

04 Get Behind The Mule [Booker T Jones]

05 Sweetest Waste of Time [Shane Nicholson and Kasey Chambers]

06 The Name Of This Thing Is Not Love [Elvis Costello and the Imposters]

07 Texas Flood [Jimmie Vaughan]

08 Pancho And Lefty [Steve Earle]

09 Way Back When [Ernest Ranglin]

10 Dis, Dat or D’udda [Dr. John]

11 Flying Machine [WAR]

12 Don’t Give That Shit to Me [Seun Kuti]

13 Ain’t Superstitious [Jeff Beck Group]

14 Lowdown [Boz Scaggs]

15 Devil Got My Woman [Gregg Allman]

16 A Change Is Gonna Come [Aaron Neville]

17 Oh My God [Michael Franti and Spearhead]

18 Bad Girl [Devendra Bahhart]

19 Vanishing Point [Boz Scaggs]

20 The Devil Never Sleeps [Iron and Wine}

21 Grey Blue Eyes [Dave Mathews]

22 The System [The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra]

23 Chokin’ Kind [Joss Stone]

24 Caution [The Wailers]

25 Ninety Nine And One Half [Buddy Guy]


Business before Pleasure: The Way Too Much Travel Mixtape


I’ve been travelling WAY too much of late and now I’m heading home. A full fortnight in one bed! With my family! Cooler climes (today, I’m told is the first real rainy, wintry day in Melbourne this year)! Aussie rules all weekend! No work (well, almost none)!


Maybe I’ll have time to blog more often!?


When Will Peace Break Out in the Middle East?


Why Do We still Tolerate Child Abuse?


Is North Korea the new black?


Why is half a duck?


Are oranges the only fruit?


Does Donald Trump really exist?


Did you know Santa was married three times?


While you contemplate these questions, have a listen to some songs that have tickled my music bone of late.


Bon voyage!

business pleasure


Track Listing:

01Alwar Song (Madras, Vocal, Tambura, Sruti Peti) [Unknown]

02 Sufism [Zeb]

03 Margret Odero [D.O. Misiani and Shirati Jazz]

04 Hail The King [Wali and the Afro Caravan]

05 Houlala Mopanze [Roitlet]

06 Move It On Over [George Thorogood and the Destroyers]

07 Jake’s Boogie [Mike Eldred]

08 How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live [Ry Cooder]

09 Laili Jaan [Zeb and Haniya]

10 Rank Strangers [Marty Stuart and Vince Gill]

11 San Quentin [Johnny Cash]

12 Gregory C. [Bill Frisell]

13 My Sister’s Tiny Hands [Handsome Family]

14 Fried Pies (Take 1) [Wes Montgomery]

15 John McLaughlin [John Hartford]

16 Adorada socorro [Alfredo Gutierrez y sus Acordeones Dorades]

17 Gathering [Deep Forest]

18 Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies [Jackson Browne]

19 Bitaîhi  [Habib Gueroummi]

20 An Earnest Prayer [The Radio Four]

21 Naallu Perukku Nandri [MGR]

22 Sexopolis [Jean Pierre Mirouze]

23 African Village_Bedford Stuyvesant [Randy Weston]

24 Ahesta Ahesta [Ahmad Zahir]

25 Janme Gokul Mein [Urmila Srivastava]

26 Business Before Pleasure [George Akaeze & His Augmented Hits]