Honest Jon’s Records knows it’s ethno. And has done for a long time. The British independent record label was created by musician Damond Albarn and various record shop owners. But Honest Jon’s also owns a record shop in London and that one was founded way before the label. In 1974, by two friends from Liverpool, a Sociology student named Jon Clare, and Dave Ryner, the son of a Trinidadian doctor. Match made sound providers.
Honest Jon’s is funk, soul, folk and music from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is calypso, soca, Nigerian afrobeat and salsa. Lot’s of it from way back then, but also new stuff from Candi Stanton, Lobi Traore and Tony Allen. This week Ajvar’s into afro and backbeat. So we played the coolest, weirdest and funkiest tunes from their archive treasure. Like Boogaloo-jazz from Congo, golden age African pop and South African electronic Shangaan. Mr Nozinja, who calls himself a scout for Shangaan talent knows the recipe.
We don’t use the sounds of the hip-hop guys, or the afro-pop, or whatever, we’re using Shangaan sounds. The traditional Shangaan music is fast. You play it slow, they won’t dance.
- Abdel Hadi Halo & The El Gusto Orchestra Of Algiers – Fatoum
- Orchestre OK Jazz – A Moins Que Namikosa
- Tshetsha Boys – Uya Kwihi Ka Rose
- Solomon Ilori & His Afro-Drum Ensemble – Tolani
- Zinja Hlungwani – Ntombi Ya Mugaz
- Ebenezer Obey – Eyi Yato
- Ajda Pekkan – Viens Dans Ma Vie
- John Holt – Mr. Mischief
- Lionel Barrett – Rasta Cowboy
- Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson – Tom Kirisite
- Susan Cadogan – Ghetto Cowboy
- Tommy McCook & The Skatalites – Lambs Bread Herb
- Foster Manganyi – Vanhu Va Lova
- Los Destellos – Pasión Oriental