Colombian Remix Master DJ Rodrigo Puts his Spin on Indigenous Resistance with IR18

The Indigenous Resistance label releases Bogota’s DJ Rodrigo’s new take on crucial tracks from the IR archive in two formats; the full 48 minute head-tripping mix and as individual tracks–all available through iTunes and Believe digital of France. The tracks given the Rodrigo touch include musical, poetical, and other contributions by Augustus Pablo, Mikey Dread, Chuck D (Public Enemy), John Trudell, Soy Sos, Christiane D, Dubdem
Soundsystem, Steven Stanley, Francisco Ximenes, Benjamin Zephaniah, Freshmint, Mad Mike (UR), Dr Das (Asian Dub Foundation), Ramjac,
 Micheal Franti, Assata Shakur, Santa Davis, Scully, Tapedave, Tohununu, Saevo, Oku Onuora, Click n’ Cycle, Enviromental Science and The Ghost.

Rodrigo, playing a gig under one of his many pseudonyms, DJ Hush, impressed IR with his personal demeanor, his dubology, and his killer re-mixing ability. IR offered him the opportunity to do a live session with European and Jamaican virgin vinyl releases. Woven throughout this new mix you will hear indigenous voices and chants collected by IR from all over the world: the Malaitai from Solomon Islands, the Krikati indians from Brasil, traditional Cree chants from Turtle Island, traditional instruments from Sosolakam and Solomon Islands embedded into tracks recorded in Jamaica, the U.K, Germany, Solomon Islands, Sosolakam, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba & Turtle Island.

IR’s eclectic production techniques pulls together producers with different styles and methods to create their releases. This is especially evident on the full IR18 where DJ Rodrigo deftly maneuvers successfully through the many genres, which include: Drum N Bass, Jungle, Detroit Techno, Electro, Big Beat, Dub, Reggae, House and the multi-ethnic stew (breakbeat, dub, dancehall, ragga) of Dr Das and Asian Dub Foundation (which some pile together into the term of World Beat) and the punk and hardcore sound of knob-twirler extraordinaire, Ramjac.

As a matter of course, IR travels the globe working with pockets of Indigenous Resistance in the Fourth World to get their messages out from behind the propaganda machines that deny them the freedom of the press. Through free releases and downloads, and funded by sales of albums through CD Baby, iTunes and Believe Digital, IR has set up a campaign to send these tracks back into the indigenous communities as well as back out to the world to fall on sympathetic ears. IR utilizes any means necessary to get the music and messages heard passed the restrictive regimes that keep the indigenous down and disenfranchised.

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The Radio Free IR podcast can be found on iTunes

Author: World Music Central News Department

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