APEX Express -11.10.2022 Intimate Sounds of the Four Continents #2 by DJ Miu

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Intimate Sounds of the Four Continents Episode #2

Intimate sounds from four continents combines the theories of Lisa Lowe and music from around the world to create an intellectually stimulating sound experience. DJ Miu created this radio show with the mission to spread the message: “Freedom is yet to come”. I encourage listeners to take the time to read, write and resist. We need inoculations that repel the seductions of corporate servitude. Cauleen Smith told us. Starting with reading the writings of Lisa Lowe. Reading is fundamental.

Episode 2

Features of this month’s episode Thao and The Get Down, Stay Down, Star Feminine Band, Taj Majal, and Tohur Aizawa Quartet. Sounds from Cambodia, Benin, the Americas and more.

With the arrival of winter in the northern hemisphere, I was inspired by music that reflects, wanders and lingers. A time to reflect on the shift in mercury retrograde and the stillness of this Scorpio season and the recent eclipse of Scorpio and the current March in retrograde Gemini. All this to say, think about your desires, your needs and your goals. Be honest, really honest about where you are and where you want to be. Send compassion to yourself and those around you. Listen to this set and allow yourself to transmute these energies through meditation and sound medicine.

Star female band

  • A group of 7 girls, aged between 10 and 17, from Natitingou, a remote town in northern Benin. I absolutely fell in love with the energy of their music, light and playful and deeply talented. I found their file scavenging in Pasadena, CA in the summer of 2022.

Thao and The Get Down, Stay Down

  • I first heard her with her band in Los Angeles for my aunt’s birthday. It was a free concert and that’s how my aunt convinced our whole family to go. I was 14 at the time and wasn’t really attached to his music at first, my aunt got an autograph and was the happiest I’ve ever seen her.
  • But then when the pandemic hit, I listened to Thao’s little office and it sparked a love for her and her music. I had spent more time learning folk and rock music, so I was able to appreciate him more and understand the depths of his music, especially in March 2020.

Geraldo Pino

  • So I found this next track from the Nigeria Soul Power 70 Compilation album. It contains some serious gems and this one is no exception.
  • Pino is a Nigerian Sierra Leonean musician. He was one of the first pioneers of modern African pop music.

The Charles Lloyd Quartet

  • They were one of the “first psychedelic jazz bands” and the band was all about “communication is the main concern”. The quartet is made up of Keith Jarret, Ron McClure, Charles Lloyd, Jack DeJohnnette.

Taj Mahal

  • Taj Mahal is a blues musician but merges the Caribbean, Africa, India, Hawaii and the South Pacific, so naturally I had to share some of his music. I found his music box while digging like all good music is found by word of mouth or hidden in a box.
  • Henry chose his stage name, Taj Mahal, from dreams he had about Mahatma Gandhi, India and social tolerance. He started using the stage name in 1959 or 1961, around the same time he started attending the University of Massachusetts.
  • He formed one of the first interracial bands in 1964 when he moved to Santa Monica and they released an album together before creative differences. At this time he also worked with Buddy Lee and Muddy Waters. Later in his career he formed the Hula Blues Band in Hawaii.
  • He will perform in Oakland if you want to see him on December 2 and 3 at the Fox Theater and in Los Angeles on December 4.

Tupac

  • Tupac is known for his rap music and his role in Los Angeles, California. Although he was born in Oakland, California, and wrote an amazing collection of poems called “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” which features the very first track “Wake Me When I’m Free” as well as d other stories of growing up in the ghetto and his life stories. The rose is a symbol of beauty and love showing resilience in its ability to grow in the face of insurmountable obstacles, the concrete.

Lisa Lowe’s book:

In this unique interdisciplinary work, Lisa Lowe examines the relationships between Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, exploring the links between colonialism, slavery, imperial trades and western liberalism. Copy it over at Duke University Press

About the DJ

My name is Paige Chung. I am a writer, skater, poet and record player in training. My last project nail trap is juicier than your neighborhood gossip and my current project is hotter than your cousin’s mixtape. Based in Los Angeles, but I ride everywhere and go by DJ Miu. I am currently enrolled in the Beat Junkies Institute of Sound.

Finally, special thanks to my DJ team 730 cursors. Catch us throwing the next best party in LA and coming near you. And my in-depth study team Quinette, Zahara, Discott and the The soul in the horn family.

Find me anywhere and everywhere @paigechung @DJxMIU

Intimate Sounds of the Four Continents’ Episode #2 Set List:

  • apex express intro music
  • “Wake Me When I’m Free” by sung by Babatunde Olatunji, Sikiru Adepoju written by Tupac
  • “Teacup’s Jazzy Blues Tune” by Taj Mahal
  • “Holy Roller” by Thao and The Get Down Stay Down
  • “Samba De Orfeu” by the Tohru Aizawa Quartet
  • “PEBA” by Star Feminine Band
  • “Love In (Live)” by Charles Lloyd Quartet
  • “Pan Ron’s Man of Constant Sorrow
  • “A Who Se Me Dun (Blind Alley Mix)” by Cutty Ranks (famous DJ Babu programmed this beat)
  • “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” by KC and The Sunshine Band
  • “Wan Maha Sanook” by Plearn Promdan
  • “Bacao Suave” by Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band
  • “Sob A Luz Do Sol” door A Bossa Electrica
  • “Soul Lam Plearn” by Petch Phin Thong Group
  • “Words of Wisdom” by Tupac Shakur
  • African Woman by Star Feminine Band
  • “Suối Mơ” by Khánh Hà
  • “Love Until the End of Time” by Paulinho da Costa
  • “Higher” by DJ BABU
  • “Tribal Dance” by the Charles Lloyd Quartet
  • “The Music” by Star Feminine Band
  • “Ngày Vui Bên Nhau” by Khánh Hà
  • “Saturday Love (Mirror Pop Remix)” by Cherelle ft. Alexander O’Neal
  • “Africans Must Unite” by Geraldo Pino and The Heartbeats
  • Boliver’s “Meringue”
  • Loan mắt nhung” by Elvis Phương
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