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Grant Phabao & The Jays - African Man 45 and sleeve illustrations by Ben Hito Edits & vinyl audio mastering by Grant Phabao
Cat. number : PARISDJS055 Tracklisting : African Man (45 Edit) b/w African Man (Adrian Quesada Remix - 45 Edit)
Limited edition 300 copies only. This 45 was crowdfunded through a campaign of pre-orders which happened in June 2014. A 100 copies out of the 300 pressed are available in the Paris DJs Soundsystem 'Vinyl Is Good fo You' boxset. 200 copies are available separately.
Includes unlimited streaming of African Man b/w Adrian Quesada Remix
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
One month before the release of The Jays full-length album, 'Stepping up In Time', Paris DJs were letting off some steam with a new digital single, 'African Man', a massive reggae anthem - black, proud, and fighting for the future - along with two astonishing remixes from in-house producer Grant Phabao and Austin-based producer Adrian Quesada.
Following up on the limited 45 pressed in Jamaica 'Don't Sell Your Soul', from 2009, and the digital EP 'Stepping Up In Time', from january 2013, the Jamaican vocal harmony trio composed of Lloyd Forrest, Errol Wilson and Leroy Hall, with Paris-based 70s roots music expert Grant Phabao at the helm of production, deliver some brothers greatness that gets into your soul. Repatriation is on the central tenets of the Rastafari movement, even if The Jays are all Jamaican natives, they strongly feel that the truth from their ancestors makes them African men.
Along with this roots reggae burner come two astounding remixes, a swinging jazz version by Grant Phabao who proves once again he can tackle any kind of musical style, and, cherry on the cake, a latin funk remix from Texas' most interesting musical activist Adrian Quesada. The man has been putting our amazing music relentlessly with his many eclectic bands (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Ocote Soul Sounds, The Echocentrics…) and productions (Daniel Johnston, Hard Proof Afrobeat, The Funk Ark, Natalia Clavier…). His remix of The Jays' 'African Man', full of psychedelic twangling guitars drenched into reverb rings so perfectly with the harmonies of liberty that it could easily have been featured on Quentin Tarentino's latest soundtrack, 'Django Unchained'!
The full-length album from The Jays, 'Stepping up In Time' was released digitally in March 2013 through the Paris DJs label.
Now here's the 45 VINYL version of this digital single, edited, re-mixed and re-mastered during the summer 2014 by Grant Phabao. It was pressed at only 300 copies, half of which were pre-ordered through a crowdfunding campaign, so get it before everybody else does - the stocks won't last long!!
Paris-based production team (Djouls, Grant Phabao, Loik Dury & Ben Hito) featuring worldwide guest vocalists, musicians, deejays, graphic/web designers and writers. Reggae, Afro, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop and more audio goodness.
supported by 5 fans who also own “African Man b/w Adrian Quesada Remix”
The gods are Cabo Verdian astronauts and they are ready to wash the dance floor with your tears of joy!
Everything about this record is UNBELIEVABLE - these tunes groove HARD, the melodies will stay long in the ear (if you understand Portuguese, the lyrics are super great), and these musicians RIP on their instruments like there's no tomorrow.
Get this gem of a release, it fucking rules. Cosmographer