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The Sound Diary from Haiti

Submitted by disoundsoflife on Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:50

ghetto biennale 2019

Take a trip with dj afifa around the world through her sound diaries. Vol 1 features sound recordings from a visit to Port au Prince, Haiti in December 2019 for the Ghetto Biennial.

Recordings include conversations with artist participating in the Biennial and recordings of radio stations in Port Au Prince Haiti.

 

What does it mean to live in a Christian Country?

Submitted by disoundsoflife on Sat, 03/21/2020 - 15:43

Gordon House Jamaica

Almighty God is a project by dj afifa it features 5 recitals of the Jamaican Parliamentary Prayer. The Prayer is recited at every sitting of the House of Parliament. This is a tradition that Jamaica has taken from Britain. The practice started in Britain in 1558.

The NIDS

Submitted by disoundsoflife on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 01:38

NIDS is a controversial identification scheme that will be implemented in Jamaica in the coming years. Every Jamaican citizen must be a part of NIDS.

As the years go by and NIDS becomes more infused into the daily experience of the ordinary Jamaica citizen, it will evolve into a component which Jamaicans will need for just about anything. This recording gives an example of Jerome, trying to use his NIDS to get to work on a hot morning in Kingston on Wednesday March 8th 2034.

Why doesn't anything matter anymore?

Submitted by disoundsoflife on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:53

nothingmatters

Nothing matters is the latest nu-music release from dj afifa. Nothing matters is the name of a poem and a collection of haikus, poems and writings published by dj afifa earlier this year.

Nothing matters expresses the frustration with injustice in Jamaica and the coming to terms with the nature of life as a result of it. The nu-music track was produced by dj afifa and features her performance of the poem.

Nu-music is how she refers to experimental audio productions which gives insight into the daily realities of the artist. Nothing matters reflects a basic production style using Audacity for recording mixing and mastering the track. The track was produced in the Zanj Radio studios at the SO((U))L HQ in St.Andrew Jamaica.

The track is free to download and is released under the creative commons license; other artist are free to share, redistribute and remix the track.

 

 

Power of the Pussy

Submitted by disoundsoflife on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:48

Our first release for 2019 is the "Power of the Pussy" mixtape curated and produced by Dj Zanj Rracc. The mixtape features an exclusive selection of current female hip hop and fusion artists.

Zanj Rracc describes the "Power of the Pussy as "a conversation that is being had between various tracks on the mixtape. It is a rush of opinions, points of view and ideas around Pussy Power today (or as some call it empowerment)." He explains that "the ideas around the Power of the Pussy are diverse. They take on a variety of meaning for different women and the Pussy’s power can be used innumerably, in a myriad of life changing ways. Each track offers of an idea or opinion of how the Pussy’s power can be wielded, ranging from the cold hardcore street counsel of hip hop queen Baby Mutha to the mystikal Adzekolo (Voodoo Pussy) by fusion artist Azizaa"

Church Wars

Submitted by disoundsoflife on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:38

 

CHURCH WARS, is a soundscape documentary produced and curated by DJ Zanj RraccChurch Wars feature details about behaviours and ideas that find themselves in one of the world’s most influencing spaces, a church, despite being contradictory to its ideals.

The soundscape documentary takes its listeners/audience on a journey that explores the mob mentality of congregations and their leaders in the houses of the lord.

 

Flies

Submitted by disoundsoflife on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 00:12

Flies is a nu-music track produced by dj afifa for Sounds of Life. Flies is a poem written by Zanj Rracc. It is performed by him and recorded in the Zanj Radio Studios in St.Andrew Jamaica.

 “ I was sitting at my doorway one day and there was a lot of flies, flies were attacking me and there was no water because of a water lock off. I was thinking about politicians in Jamaica and how we shouldn't live on an island surrounded by water and be without water...it was just a poem that came to me….” Dj Zanj Rracc

For this production dj afifa added ambiance or atmospheric quality to the track using a sample from the beginning of the sitting of the house of parliament in Jamaica.

“i listened to the vocals and imagined the sound of the flies, then I started to think about how that sound was similar to the hum of voices then I heard the hum m of voices at the beginning at the beginning” Dj Afifa

download flies here

 

Voice notes and Soundclips

Submitted by disoundsoflife on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 00:03

Voice notes and sound clips is a soundscape produced by dj afifa. The is a 5:55 length composition of voice notes and sound clips collected by dj afifa featuring music by Sheibo Sekito

Voice notes and sound clips is the first in a series for the music and memory project by dj afifa.

 

I love Marijuana

Submitted by disoundsoflife on Tue, 09/10/2019 - 23:56

the history of ganja in Jamaica

The history of Ganja in Jamaica is a project by dj afifa. It was created for the Whitenoise mixtape in 2018. It was also featured on the Umbalembe project curated by Zanj Rracc in 2018.

Ganja (Marijuana, Cannabis) was decriminalized in Jamaica in 2015. Individuals are now been allowed to possess and grow limited amounts of the plant. The decriminalization has made way for the development of a medicinal Cannabis industry with a licensing authority, licensed growers, export arrangements and dispensaries called herb houses. There is now an even stronger demarcation between the legal and illegal trade in ganja. Ganja continues to be classified as a drug, which is regularly seized and destroyed by the Jamaican police.

Download the History of Ganja in Jamaica here