My Digital Crates feature, albeit erratic (as with most of this space), is the opportunity for me to share the really dope music (in my view) that I come across. The beauty of the digital realm for me continues to be the fact that I am not dependent on radio, television and the major record labels for the music I listen to. Whether it is through social media or randomly browsing the web, there are many artists and deejays that I have ‘discovered’ that have become part of my life’s soundtrack. Amerigo Gazaway is most definitely one of these. I recently wrote a short post on him, sharing some of the mixes he’s done like Bizarre Tribe, Fela Soul, etc. (Click HERE for that post). Like many others, I’ve been waiting for Side Two to the Yasiin Gaye project he put out earlier this year, where he brought together the creative talents of Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey. It is finally here – > THE RETURN

For this instalment, Amerigo says: “I wanted to build this side from more of Marvin’s original production work. He was doing a lot of what we do now, in terms of looping and pulling samples from other pre-recorded sessions decades before hip-hop made it common practice to do so. This also gave me the room to feature other artist [Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Talib, etc.] and re-present those classic Mos [Def] versus in a new context.”

The one thing that has been characteristic of Amerigo’s projects has been the close to immediate cease-and-desists from the powers that be. With the second instalment of Yasiin Gaye, he has partnered with Sean “Diddy” Combs Revolt TV, which is a music focused digital cable television network. Combs launched this late last year in partnership with Comcast Corporation. Hopefully, this relationship will ensure that no more of Amerigo’s projects are pulled off the net for copyright issues. Time will tell. In the mean time, get The Return. You won’t be disappointed.

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About Kojo Baffoe

Of Ghanaian/German heritage, raised in Lesotho and currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kojo is the proverbial slashie, the professional ‘jack of all trades.’ He is an entrepreneur, writer, facilitator, content architect, former men’s magazine editor and speaker. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (1994) with majors in Economics, Marketing and Business Administration from the former the University of Natal (Durban), now University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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