In 2010 I started contributing to the wonderful broadcasts of “Solta a Franga” at De Concertzender, mixing music produced and rooted all over planet earth without boundaries in style and origin, A soundtrack to the rise of amazing intercultural connections in sound with groundbreaking musicians and producers that deserve to be heard.
The Cloudcasts of these shows are well-received via channels like Mixcloud, a great platform for discovering wonderful musicians and interact. I interweave my own tracks and remixes exclusively in the mix. That’s how the alias “Rafranga” was born. I was asked to some DJ Sets at big and small festivals, even in France and Belgium. Easily adaptable to origins and wishes, I supported some unique concerts by musicians like Big Youth, Mdungu, Orkestar Braka Kadrievi and UB40 at celebrations, clubnights and intercultural weddings.
Every broadcast contains around 25 tracks mixed down to merely one hour, spiced up with own samples, loops, beats and fx. All shows from three earlier seasons broadcasted at De Concertzender are available for listening in the mix-archive. You can tune in at Solta a Franga via the sidebar on this blog.
Some Rafranga highlights in rotation:
Rafranga | Sitar Edition
Used throughout the Indian subcontinent, particularly in Northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the sitar (Hindi: सितार, Bengali: সেতার, Urdu: ستار, Persian: سیتار ) became known in the western world through the work of Pandit Ravi Shankar in the late 1950s. The Sitar is ubiquitous since the Middle Ages and still played and sampled in contemporary genres. Like within the realms of Funk: on account of artists like The Bamboos, Sohail Rana, Morcheeba, Dust Galaxy (Rob Garza), Sansura, Fort Knox Five, Thievery Corporation, Bob Sinclair, Mukta, Bebo Best and a dozen of others who integrated this instrument in a spot on way. Right here in this special Solta a Franga edition for you to enjoy.
Rafranga | Afrobeat Edition
Lots of Afrobeat with a few twists and turns. Dancefloor and beyond feat Afrodita, Brownout, Antibalas, Femi Kuti, Cacique 97, Ikebe Shakedown, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Guynamukat, Speedometer and around 20 others dynamically (re)mixed. Titles available while playing:
Rafranga | House Edition
Innovating & exciting House-Music driven by a variation of Asian, Balkanic, African, Celtic, Latin and Mediterranean sounds feat tracks by Drumspyder, Sascha Sonido, Wolfgang Lohr, Roland Clark, Nick Muir, NiCe7 and many others in the mix.
RAFRANGA EPSIODE SELECTION
Episode 38 feat Acapulco Zombie Feat Lokó Bono, Spaceport Orkestra Of Benares, Mr Bird, Hammond Classics & Mister Kentro, Inna Modja and many others in the (re)mix.
Episode 44 feat Emapea, Umberto Echo, Celt Islam, Dubblestandart. Annuluk, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Tony Dizant, Polo & Pan, Faze Action, Gnonnas Pedro, Tensei, Dolphin Boy, Jojo Abot, Makala and many others in the (re)mix.
Episode 25 feat The Skints, Boom Pam, Panama Cardoon, Kill Emil, Auditors Domination, The Spinshots, Prince Fatty, Black Lillies, Faux Pas, Ruf Kutz, Quasamodo, José Mangual, Los Cuatro De La Sala and many others in the (re)mix.
Episode 12 feat Sono Rhizmo, Palmacoco, Hindi Zahra, Modul, Da Lata, Mombasa, Los Chicharrons, Empresarios, Kokolo, Kid Gusto, Sergio Mendes, and many others in the (re)mix.
A selection of amazing sounds by artists around the world exploring genres like afrobeat, cumbia, balkan, oriental, reggae, celtic and folkmusic. New releases and some older stuff. slightly edited with care for transitions.