Monday, February 22, 2016

Nigerian Afro Funk Reissues, Brown Shirts and smelly Skid Marks

Some months ago this new label PMG or Presch Media GmbH, seemingly coming out of nowhere (well, they’re from Austria, same thing…) began flooding the market with a sputtering string of budget reissues of various Nigerian records. We did some digging into PMG’s background and found this other Austrian label and mail order named Steinklang which is also owned and operated by PMG owner Markus Presch:



Interesting enough, when I first published this story on Facebook it got pulled after 2 days for being flagged as „Spam“ multiple times. I wonder why and how that happened.

Musically, Steinklang published some sort of provincial 2nd Generation Industrial rehash (let’s just say they’re neither SPK nor Laibach…), Electronic Noise and Neo-Folk. For those who missed out so far, Neo-Folk is a genre of music that often is associated with a rather far-right to extreme right world view, Lord of the Rings influenced lyrics (these are grown up people we are talking about!) knights in shiny armor and Lederhosen, all in all a rather curious mix: 


https://www.discogs.com/de/label/12692-Steinklang-Industries

Here is a live album recorded at Presch’s own „Steinklang Industries Festival“ where one of his label’s main acts named „Wappenbund“ performs their version of the national anthem of Nazi Germany „Die Fahne Hoch“. The distribution and performance of this song are strictly Verboten in today’s Germany but as it seems not in Austria, so Markus Presch proudly included the nazi anthem on the festival’s live album: 


https://www.discogs.com/…/Various-Steinklang…/release/406485

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horst-Wessel-Lied

But it gets worse, much worse. Check out the „artwork“, of this release, if your stomach is strong enough: 


https://www.discogs.com/de/Gift-Shoah/release/292827

Afro Funk publisher M. Presch’s other side really comes to shine on this release and with song titles such as „"White Power Forces“, „"Negros In Sky-Wars“ or „"Klaus Barbie“: 


https://www.discogs.com/…/Genocide-Organ-Rast…/master/248274

One band on this specific release named Rasthof Dachau still records new albums for Presch’s Steinklang label, at least their latest release, titled „Zero Tolerance“ only dates back to 2014. Most likely they record in the very same studio where Markus Presch also does the mastering for his African reissues. BTW, he pays people to send him mp3s since he doesn’t have any of the original records. This explains the rather unusual lo-fi approach of these PMG releases. Rasthof Dachau, as the name already implies (Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany), are pretty clear and upfront about their political orientation. Song titles like „"Endlösug Wannsee“, „"Zyklon B“ or „"Endsieg“ and album titles like „"Blut Und Boden“ speak for themselves but have a look for yourself:

https://www.discogs.com/…/Rasthof-Dachau-In-…/release/330480

https://www.discogs.com/…/Rasthof-Dachau-Blut-…/master/31480

Now this is where things become really interesting. One half of the duo Rasthof Dachau is a certain Max Presch, maybe this is Markus’ wayward brother? 


https://www.discogs.com/de/artist/167723-Rasthof-Dachau

But no, as it turns out, Max and Markus Presch both are the exact same person:

https://www.discogs.com/de/artist/359234-Max-Presch

Last FM lists Rasthof Dachau under the Top White Power Electronics artists world wide, I had no idea this even was a genre but congratulation Max/Markus Presch, that’s a proud accomplishment:

http://www.last.fm/tag/white+power+electronics/artists

Check him out on Youtube, for those who don’t understand German, Max/Markus is talking about humans being like cattle and then he states „we are the new race!“.

https://youtu.be/D2V4hRbMUpA

And here he is, our White Power Electronics Star and reissuer of Nigerian Funk, brown shirt and all:




UPDATE:

The index to Steinklang’s mail order site pictured above is a screen shot. If you look under the original link:

http://www.steinklang.at/shop/index.php?main_page=page_2

Somehow Markus Presch’s name has since mysteriously disappeared from this index. PMG’s old FB presence is also gone while the new page displays strange clusters of (bought?) fan „likes“ from Turkey and various countries that end with „stan“… weird, but maybe that’s where his new fan base is located. Nothing would come as a surprise at this point.

Apparently somebody tried to scrub their brown skid marks off the internets. In Austria it might not be common knowledge yet that these things just never work but let’s give Markus a small tin version of the Eisernes Kreuz for effort.


Strangely my original Facebook post was pulled due to having been flagged as „Spam“ multiple times. I wonder how and why that happened…

When this story first broke, Markus Presch was very quick to deliver a barely legible rant about how this all was just a misrepresentation of his past as a shock artist and declaring how he was now a reformed man and a good Christian.

Let’s investigate this Christian angle a little more, shall we?

Here we have German Rolling Stone shedding some light on this weird Neo-Folk Scene and their connections to Austria’s far right Christian „Identitäre Bewegung“:

https://www.rollingstone.de/der-sound-der-neuen-rechten-1107335

Prominently featured is neo-folk band Jännerwein which -surprise, surprise - is published by Markus Presch’s Steinklang label:


Here is a very telling photograph of what kind of a crowd of good Christian people is attracted by them. Non Kraut-speak people, please take note that Jännerwein can clearly be seen on the stage in front of these strangely 1930s/40s looking individuals:


Here is a link to Jännerwein's Discography (last release 2015 and still on Markus Presch’s Steinklang label) to provide proof that Markus Presch’s „other“ label indeed released their records which are also still being sold by Markus Presch’s mail order, probably in an effort to raise the money PMG still owes to various Nigerian artists whose records they reissued but who are still waiting for outstanding payments. It’s a strange, strange world out there:

http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/jannerwein

I will keep this piece up for maybe 2 or 3 weeks, I don't want to have this shit stink up my blog for too long of a time...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Introduction

From 2005 to 2008 I lived in Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, from where I extensively traveled all over the coastal region of West Africa, always on the lookout for records but collecting much more along the way.

Here, on the first page of this blog, I posted some of the more recent mixes but the meat and potatoes you will find in the archived list to the right which contains somewhere around 60 reports that I wrote during my 3 years in Africa. Except the first two posts which are about two visits to Ghana and Nigeria made while living in NYC. Anway, all the links ending with "-MP3-" will lead you to posts with streaming mp3 mixes which were all created with the records found on these travels and within just days or weeks of finding them. All posts are in reverse chronological order. If you want to start from the beginning, please begin at the bottom of the list with the story of Mr. Mafa and his record store.

Between these many travels to various other places in the region, I also got to witness the deterioration of Guinea from a poor but peaceful safe haven for refugees from war torn neighboring countries like Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast, into a scenery of violent riots, ethnic conflict and unspeakably brutal attacks by government forces on members of the local opposition. These 3 years were packed with invaluable experiences, some sad, some just bad but most of them good and inspiring - just like about everywhere in this world.
Take it easy,

Frank

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Nigerian Mixes


This one is almost 90 minutes long and showcases the type of tunes I'm into these days... starting with various Funk & Disco favorites, followed by some seriously heavy Edo Funk Benin City style before wrapping things up with a few unknown and deep, deep Afrobeat tunes. Click on the image and get sweaty!

Here's another Nigerian Disco and Boogie mix:

Friday, January 8, 2016

A new mix and some fresh shirts!

Monsoon season had me stuck at the house for a couple of rainsoaked weeks so I got busy and put together a new mix with some tasty Nigerian Disco, Funk and Boogie records that my friend Damian recently sent me over from Lagos. Click on the image and get ready to get down: I also made a bunch of new T-shirt designs for my online store over at Dizzyjam! All designs are available in regular S, M, L and XL as well as in tight girl's sizes and in a huge variety of customizable color combinations. These are printed with heavy duty plastisol transfers which do not fade or wash out. I've been putting mine through a lot of abuse over the years and they still look as sharp as ever.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Various Mixes 2008-2012 -MP3-

These are some mixes I put together from 2008 through 2012 to promote my various parties in NYC. I decided to leave these up for you to enjoy. There are many more mixes contained in the various older posts of this blog that were all done while I lived in West Africa from 2005-'08 and first got infected with this amazing music.

Click on the image to listen:


00:00 The Clusters -cool mood
04:00 Orch. Poly Rythmo -ou c'est lui ou c'est moi" (unreleased version)
14:36 Evelyn Dance Band led by Orlando Julius -erora miliki
21:37 Uhuru Sounds -ariwo yaa
26:58 Jake Sollo -deiyo deiyo
31:26 Bonds Funk Band -sitting at the court hall
35:01 Pyramid's 7 -shokolokobangoshay
41:17 Big John Oaikhena -agbon nu ghegbeji
46:13 Rail Band de Mali -djiguiya
56:01 St. Augustine -kpalanuma
63:20 Orch. le Bida de la Capitale -kenuma




Lately I've been seriously getting into Highlife tunes from Benin City (no relations to Benin the country). Benin City is the capital of Edo state in Southern Nigeria and birthplace of Sir Victor Uwaifo. I hope you will enjoy this music as much as I do. All these songs are really long, I only managed to fit seven of them into this mix that runs well over 1 hour... I don't like to cut tracks short. To me the length of these tracks matches the trance inducing nature of the music.

Click on the image and let yourself go!


00:00 Solo Hit -ododo
05:18 Ugbo & his Philosophers -efe
14:25 Collins Oke -iguo
22:18 Aigbe Lebarty -green revolution
30:22 Victor Uwaifo -ohue
38:38 Akaba Man -ighie vibie
45:27 Talents of Benin -ovbiokhokho




This is a Nigerian Disco mix I put together to promote my Lagos Disco Inferno Parties. Click on the image for a direct link to the mp3 and get sweaty!





My main man in Ghana, Dankyi-Appah Safo Kennedy aka Ken has recently gone international and been spending some time digging for records in Northern Nigeria. When I got to talk to Albert Jones from the Freedom Family and Geraldo Pino's Heartbeats about the scene in Kano and Kaduna back in the 1970s, I became certain that there have to be records up there. This turned out to be true as Ken just express-mailed me a big box of packed with the most unbelievable Nigerian funk 45s. Of course I couldn't resist but throw together a quick mix using some of these gems... a few boxes with LPs should arrive here at Voodoo Funk headquarters shortly and once they are here, I'm sure another mix will follow up in no time.

I'm not listing all tracks. Sorry for being so squirelly but I'm in the process of sourcing some of these tunes for possible re-issue and I don't want people chopping up my mixes and re-posting these tracks individually on YouTube or on one of those lame torrent sites...
Click on the image to listen:

Click on the image below and get your groove on!

00:00 Artist Unknown

03:03 Stoneface & Life Everlasting -Agawalam Mba

05:55 Segun Bucknor -Baby Get Your Thing

09:17 Artist Unknown

12:17 Artist Unknown

15:12 The Funkees -Onye Mmyaa

21:05 Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats -Shake Hands (45 Version)

29:04 Tony Grey & The Zeinians -Do Your Thing

32:00 Artist Unknown

34:45 Showboy Eric Akaeze -I Will Tell Mama

40:43 Orchestre Vévé -Talali Talala

44:48 Joni Haastrup & Monomono -Water Pass Gari (Or Gari Pass Water)




Here's a fresh, new boogie mix for you...
Click on the image below to get down!




This is a mix I made with some records that I brought back home after spending January 2011 in Ghana and it includes quite a few new discoveries. Click on the image to listen.


00:00 Uppers Chapter Two - Samari Bolga
02:53 The Walking Shadows - If You Do Me - I Do You
06:10 Joe Mensah - Right On Bosue
09:48 Nyame Bekyere - Broken Heart
22:22 Uppers International - Aja Wondo
26:16 The Walking Shadows - Kun Adele
29:37 Rev. Jerry Boifraind (The Handsome Rebel) - Apartheid
38:10 Kelenkye Band - Jungle Music
43:48 Foundars 15 - Finger Fun
48:08 The Future Hope International - Onye Ma Echi
53:23 Sir Victor Uwaifo - Ohue
61:39 Jimi Solanke - Owo Orisa


00:00 Eric Akaeze "bar beach show"
07:37 Mad Man Jaga "mama wam"
12:46 Orlando Julius "kete kete koro"
18:18 Tunji Oyelana & the Lijadu Sisters "ojo"
24:31 Eji Oyewole "gele odun (oil boom)"
34:20 Pierre Antoine "kalabuley woman"
45:56 Cross River Nationale "nyong eyen unen"
51:58 Masisi "uchum"
57:21 Aigbologa Bucknor "katakata"


00:00 Super Party Brothers "kung fu"
06:25 De Frank "chicken"
10:05 Heads Funk "cold fire"
14:54 Papa Stone Kiss "spellbound"
21:40 The Super 5 "wake up sera"
26:35 Mansur "love and happiness"
30:52 Grace Ekpeyong "think of yourself"
36:06 Head Funk Band "can you do it"
39:21 Pyramid's 7 "it's never this way"
45:22 Ozobby Horn "oh jah"
50:05 The Masisi "funky music"
54:11 W. Roy "christian community"
57:27 K Three "k 3 theme"


00:00 Ralph Aire & The Irokos "lumele niluwele"
06:55 Solo Hit "imoikeme"
12:25 Tunji Oyelana & the Benders "e gbe mi"
18:21 Akaba Man & the Nigie Rockets "ogbov' omwan"
31:05 Franco Jr. "ayee menko"
38:48 Black Masters Band "wonnim a bisa"
44:25 Katakumbey "mowar wo"
50:25 Sea Boy "obi abefa ko"
63:49 Jeff Tagoe & Vis-A-Vis "no go jealous"


00:00 Boombaya "rainbows"
04:20 The Doves "flying bird"
07:51 Monomono "wake up the ded onez"
11:33 Orchestre Poly Rythmo "a o o ida"
16:20 Masisi "mama taught me to say hello"
21:10 The Musketeers "eat the meat and leave the bone"
26:32 George Lee "ibibi (am black & am beautiful)"
31:02 Sonny Okosuns & The Paperback Ltd "sound of the forest"
34:00 The Strangers "survival"
37:08 Unknown "gulder man" (instrumental version)
39:41 The Magnificent Zeinians "ije udo"
43:25 The Apostles "your business"
47:09 The Ceejebs "glorious day"
50:18 Wrinkar Experience "natural man"
53:43 The Semi-Colon "ready steady go"
56:38 Aktion "I don't have to cry"