Posts Tagged ‘Mark Ronson’

Antibalas – War Hero

(click song title above to listen)

Brooklyn-based afrobeat band Antibalas have performed in over 35 countries, from Japan to Turkey, to Portugal and Brazil. They’ve appeared throughout New York City; from Carnegie Hall & The Apollo Theater, to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Central Park Summerstage and Rikers Island prison facility. They have shared the stage with artists as diverse as The Roots, Alabama Shakes and Arcade Fire. Their driving drums, guitar rhythms, and horns showcase eclectic & soulful links between afro-cuban music, aftrobeat, and Latin freestyle.

This week’s Top Tune is “War Hero” and was co-written by Notable’s Marcos Garcia (aka Chico Mann) who is a co-founding member-guitarist and vocalist in the group. The song appears on the ensembles’ critically acclaimed fourth album, Security for the ANTI- label in 2007 and was produced by John McEntire drummer/multi-instrumentalist member of Tortoise and The Sea and Cake. A burning funky track throughout.

Antibalas are not just funky, they are cut from the Fela Kuti mold, politically savvy and socially conscious. Co-founding Band member Martin Perna told The Nation after a concert around this time: “Afrobeat as our musical architecture is connected to political struggle. And we’re not just talking about political struggle in our context, as a multicultural, multiracial band from Brooklyn, New York. We have songs about patriarchy, about military myths, and we have songs about the need to really overhaul our representative democracy…”

Listen to the Antibalas horns light up a track on Mark Ronson‘s new album, Uptown Special available this week and you can catch the group across the U.S. on a five week tour beginning Jan 21 with world renowned veteran female vocal ensemble, Zap Mama. Click HERE for more info.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Written by Garcia/Amayo/Fusillo/O’Malley. Published by Emma Lulu Music/Music In Context LLC (BMI), Contact: Damon Booth – Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / Also by Keep Smiling Administered by Downtown Music Publishing, Limberland Music, and Amenawon Music. Master controlled by Epitaph Records/ANTI-

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Boney M. – Sunny

European reggae infused disco-giants Boney M. released their first album, Take the Heat off Me in 1976. The group heavily toured the discos and clubs throughout Europe. Their big break came on the German television show, Musikladen where they performed “Daddy Cool”. The song quickly went to #1 in Germany followed by their take on Bobby Hebb‘s 1966 classic, “Sunny” which gave the group their second #1 hit. Boney M.’s cover of Sunny became a monster top 10 hit all over the world throughout the late 70′s cementing Bobby Hebb’s legacy of writing one of BMI‘s most performed songs of the 20th Century.

DJ’s, remixers, and crate-diggers all over the world have renewed Boney M.’s, Frank Farian string-drenched production ever since. The track has been sampled far and wide with artists ranging from Justice, Audio Jacker and Boogie Pimps, to Deee-Lite, Mark Ronson, and The Prodigy.

Featuring Jamaican-born Liz Mitchell on vocals, check out this vintage clip of Boney M.’s take on Sunny HERE.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Master controlled by Sony /
Written by Bobby Hebb, Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw /

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Mark Ronson feat. Ghostface Killah – Ooh Wee

Prior to Mark Ronson‘s multi-platinum Grammy-winning production magic with Amy Winehouse, the then NYC-based turntablist/producer had a top 20 UK hit with this weeks Top Tune, “Ooh Wee” featuring Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife, Diesel & Saigon.

Released 9 years ago this week on Elektra, Ronson’s Here Comes The Fuzz album also featured guest appearances by Jack White, Sean Paul, and Nikka Costa. Ooh Wee samples the string section of Boney M’s 1976 version of Bobby Hebb‘s classic “Sunny” as well as guitarist extraodinaire Dennis Coffey’s “Scorpio” and also helped get the party started in the 2008 film & soundtrack album to Harold & Kumar Escape From Gauntanamo Bay.

Watch the video HERE.

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Published by Portable Music Inc. (BMI), administered by BMG Rights Management / contact: & by Universal Music / contact:

Master Controlled by Warner Music Group

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