Geko Jones turns in a wicked mix for Societe Perrier, showcasing his unique take on Latin American, Caribbean, and electronic club music. On it, you get a blended combination of remixed Afro-Colombian folk styles that he’s known for, alongside Samba, Kuduro, Nigerian Pop, Dominican Tipico, Salsa, Dembow, Reggaeton and even Chicago Juke filtered through a UK Bass lens. You can almost imagine this as the part 2, or response from the American side of the ocean to the Africa Latina mix that he and I did last month.
NEXT THURSDAY MARCH 31ST
Que Bajo?! returns to NYC after touring Miami, Medellin, Barranquilla, Bogota, Cali, and SXSW… come hear exclusive new remixes from myself, Uproot Andy, DJ Orion, Toy Selectah, Isa GT and more and check out our guest DJ’s Venus X of the Ghe20 Gothik Party who just rocked the shit out of the fader fort at SXSW and Panchitron from the Peligrosa All Stars crew down in Texas. Pancho’s mixtape stayed in heavy rotation last month for Que Bajo?! fans
Thursday March 31
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker St
THURSDAY JAN 27th !!!!!!
QUE BAJO?! is back!!
It’s the return of the intergalactic gauchitos better known as Uproot Andy and Geko Jones. After a brief winter recess moon-walking across the globe and cooking up hotter than habanero remixes the Que Bajo?! party is back like a zombie Danny Trejo
On January 27th we welcome the Dutch-Dominican wonderkid DJ Munchi all the way from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Moombahton stylee from one of the scenes top notch DJ’s.
We have a couple of special surprises to announce as we get closer to the date but I wanna go ahead and introduce VJ Miixxy who will be controlling visuals for the evening.
DJ Munchi (Netherlands, Dominican)
Resident DJs Uproot Andy and Geko Jones
Visuals by VJ Miixxy
Hosted by Jean Bernabe and Amylulita
Flyer Design by Talacha.Net
Aaah, Rita Indiana. I feel weird explaining what’s up to people since the easiest thing would simply be to wait — soon enough she’ll be as well-known in the US as she is across the Dominican Republic. But here we go-
Rita’s a former model who first enjoyed fame as a writer. Her two novels, La Estrategia de Chochueca and Papi, enjoy cult status among fans of contemporary Caribbean lit. Her innovative writing straddled pop and street, leading to her current stint as screenwriter for Grammy-winning reggaeton group Calle 13’s upcoming movie. But she’s spent the last year taking over her hometown of Santo Domingo via a musical project, Rita Indiana y los Misterios. With effortless swagger, Rita has achieved the holy grail: cutting edge musical & lyrical innovations that draw on local roots and enjoy populist success (read: capacity crowds at 1000 person venues).
[Rita Indiana y (algunos de) Los Misterios]
Rita’s powerful sound – which includes choreographed stage dancers, daring outfits, and a 5-person band – creates a space where old school merengue fans, new-school mambo thugs, hiphop kids, rockers, and fashionistas can all party together.
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Here’s an hour long mix Andy did for London’s Diesel U:Music Radio. Grab your passport.. we’re going all over the place. This one is a trip, all sorts of unexpected and pleasant stops — Soca, Dancehall, Merengue, Bullerengue, Coupe Decale, Zouglou, Funana, Punta, Dubstep, Crunk and Enjoy!
UPROOT ANDY MIX FOR DIESEL U:MUSIC RADIO
Not Known – Skream
Mujeres En El Party – DJ Buxxi & Jacky Style
Que Lo Que ta pasando – Kiko DJ
Get Up Stand Up – Bunji Garlin & T.O.K.
Coupe Decale – Dady Mory
El Baile de la Tortuga – Los Alfa 8
Mambo Million – Magic Juan
No Problems – Zion Child
Cookies & Apple Juice – Cam’ron
Kingston Town (Uproot Andy Remix) – Alborosie
Bring It On (Rusko Remix) – Leon Jean-Marie
Mi Alma se Muere Ft. Fuego (DJ Ricky Soca Version) – Omega
What You Know (Hard Times) – T.I.
That Day Will Come – Capleton
Funana Santiago – Izé
Man A Man – Baby Cham
Unkown – Les Garagistes
Punta Rebane – Chicas Roland’s
Wha-La-La-Leng – Ghislain Poirier ft. Face-T
Hold the Line – Major Lazer ft. Mr. Lexx and Santigold
Faluma Ding – Faluma
Right Now (Chief Boima Remix) – Akon
My Love – Sizzla
Reasons 17-20 why we love Rita Indiana (y los Misterios).
Keywords: palo, dominicano, perreo, gaga, nintendo, undarundeiro, mambo violento, merengue, the rhythmic capabilities of chinese ping-pong heroes.
Domingo Garcia Henriquez
Despues que Dios hizo el mundo noto’ que se le olvidaba algo, entoces hizo las manos de Tatico
After God made the world, he noticed he forgot something- then he made Tatico’s hands
I’ve been out hunting in Washington Heights a couple times this year searching for tunes and source material in what’s left of the mixtape shops up there – damned internet.
On my first trip, I trekked uptown with Rupture on a Perico Ripiao re-con mission. The dealers will usually let you decide whether you want the original or the cd-r so you can really rack up at some of these spots. That trip was my first time hearing el fuego improvisado that is Tatico Henriquez.
I feel totally robbed that I didn’t hear this guy growing up on the island next door. At first listen, he is an artist that draws from the listener a sense of appreciation for his contribution not only to music but to his culture. I’ll see your cotton candy pop star and raise you one jibaro de campo and a bag of plantain chips.
Here’s the story of the chunky hick that comes down from the back woods with his accordion, lucky to get paid free food and rum, who completely changed the music game in DR and raised the stakes for merengue players from making 100 dollars to play a bar to making 3-5 thousand dollars a night. He also accredited as one of the earliest latin musicians to have crossed over and played in America.
After years of tagging along behind the best accordion players on the island, guys like Matoncito and Nicolora who’s names are only carried on the lips of camperos. He learned their old songs and in later years there was some controversy over the authorship credits of some of his interpretations. Copyright issues aside, should we not merit him for capturing and rescuing this music before it was lost? What he eventually developed was a sound of his own adding the first electric bass and congas to the genre. He would play shows from seven to eight hours long shredding on his two-row diatonic accordion tuned to the key of A instead of C like all other accordions. He did this to match the key he sang in making the interplay of his voice and his instrument sync.
Then there’s the fact he’s often just improvising the lyrics. How many people do you know that can freestyle and play instrument and sound ill at both? To me that’s genius level shit on par with folks like D’Angelo, Meshell Ndegeocello. Add to that a sweet voice, the g-suave charisma plus success element and what you get is jokes from his widow about women leaving their husbands on the dancefloor and go home with this guy.
The sound he unleashed via shows and his two hour weekly show on Radio Naguas spread all over the Dominican Republic. 30 years past his death he remains to this day one of the most requested artists on merengue tipico stations out there. He died in a car crash in 1976 and what they showed of the wreckage was a gnarled Caddy that resembled a plane crash. Tatico was Buddy Holly. Tatico was Kurt Cobain. Another one gone way too soon. He should be celebrated like Tito or Celia as one of the great contributors to latin music.
Large up to the folks over at the Merenyola website for Merengue Tipico events in NYC and for putting up this one hour documentary on youtube.