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LAPKAT is moving house ...

Moving means that I will soon be emailing all my lovely followers inviting you to follow me, to a new subscription base. It also means that La Danza Poetica will finally be properly podcast on iTunes!

Please bear with me, some audio files and images may drop off here as I wind it down for the move.

See you in the shiny new space in January!

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Chilli Rooms Ibiza set

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Chilli Rooms Ibiza set

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A section of a sweet and gentle chill set for the Chilli Rooms Ibiza gathering, 15 July, Cala Vadella (musica, no poesia) [mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/LAPKAT/chilli-rooms-ibiza-2015/ width=660 height=388 hide_cover=1]

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Live in Athens, Saturday 4 July

Athens 2015 Australian DJ LAPKAT / Lisa Greenaway in a LIVE Poetry + Music DJ Set at Kreuzberg Urban Culture Bar, Athens, GR ~ Saturday, July 4th @ 22:30 | FREE ENTRY

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· within the scope of the worldwide project, CIRCE The Black Cut: https://annastereoscopic.wordpress.com/ [section: κίρκη : circe ~ · communication sponsor: CHIMERES Fanzine / WebRadio / Blog: http://chimeres.info/

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Mondo Loco + LAPKAT @ Belleville

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Mondo Loco + LAPKAT @ Belleville

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Belleville Presents: Mondo Loco & Lapkat, Saturday 16 May Saturday 16th May in Melbourne, at the lovely city space Belleville, I'm joining MONDO LOCO for a tag-team set of Turkish and Middle East hip hop, psychedelic rock, experimental, electronic, poetic, music!

The DJ chill littéraire and the Supreme Baba of Anatolian intergalactic vibrations .. super happy to be again playing alongside Mondo Loco the maestro of Turkish vinyl, Anatolian psych funk, middle eastern rock, psychedelic Belly Dance, Turbo Folk, Arabic Hip hop, Soviet Funk, experimental jazz. From the sublime to the superb, I'll be pulling out all the stops for an adventurous set of Middle East and Turkish rhyme and reason. See you there, Melbourne!

It's at Belleville, Globe Alley, Melbourne city, Saturday 16th May, 9pm - 1am

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LOVE: Africa Set

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LOVE: Africa Set

The answer is simple. It's the answer to every question, every problem, every nervous condition, every loss of confidence, every governmental or social equality question. That's why the poets keep writing it, keep singing it, keep telling us and telling us and telling us, until the message hits home. We know it, but we need to apply it. The answer is love. [mixcloud http://www.mixcloud.com/LAPKAT/love-africa-set/ width=100% color=128422 hide_cover=1]

 

This is a live set for Sista Zai's poetry, food and music love-in last weekend at Melbourne's Horse Bazaar. High on Taka's fried chicken, high on love for these many favourite tracks from across the African continent, plus excursions into the Caribbean and South American diaspora.

May all my friends across that wide strong land be and stay safe. I wish that my country would do more for West Africa, in dark times. We will continue to work to reverse the selfishness and bring about a better world, powered by love (and solar!)

This image is from Zai's chapbook project - I'll let Zai explain it.

"'Sankofa' an Adinkra symbol from the script of the Akan people's of Ghana. The duck/water fowl generally propels itself forward by thrusting its neck back. 'Sankofa' means 'go back and fetch it' ... in my own words #journey #back2centre"

Check out Zai's chapbook 'Journey Back 2 Centre' and her many good-hearted projects at http://facebook.com/sistazai

 

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La Danza Poetica 024 Intercontinental Drift

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La Danza Poetica 024 Intercontinental Drift

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Entering my third year at Groovalizacion - happy birthday to La Danza Poetica! The 24th edition is intercontinental, transnational - a world of poetics, mainly new releases, ranging far and wide in the spirit of the dance. On Groovalizacion:

http://groovalizacion.com

 

Also on Mixcloud:

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Let me take a moment to thank you for listening to and supporting me with this podcast over the past two years. Sometimes it feels like all of us creative radio makers are throwing our passions into the big dark night sky, and the little pilot lights are getting lost in all the stars (to borrow from Derrick Brown's poem  this month) ... or to put it more simply: "is anybody listening?" It doesn't matter in the end. Passion has to be thrown, regardless! But a sincere thank you to the listeners I know are out there, those who've let me know and those who haven't. To the artists sharing their work as well. Every exchange of positive energy fires the lights.

I haven't found the time to link to the artists for the podcast lately. But this month, with so many new releases, I'm making an extra effort! Read on for links:

Ken Nordine - Bits and Pieces of Word Jazz

First, our honoured, very-alive-and-well-mind-you ghost. Our great grand uncle of the spoken word, in the West at least, Ken Nordine, has "committed word jazz again." Which makes me very happy. At the ripe young age of 94 Ken released a whole new album a month ago. Classic Nordine-esque stories, conversations with his own self, meditations on the state of things. I wrote about it at the time ... but just trust me. Click on the pic at left to go get an education, hipsters.*  It just makes me glad to be alive and to be doing what I do, to be dropping a couple of new tracks from Ken Nordine into the mix. Tree of Knowledge is so wry it stings. Big love, sir.

Balzi del Mulo - Nel deserto di sonora

Beginning with a track that I've wanted to play for a while but haven't managed to slip in. Balzi del Mulo, from Italy, poetry and folk music. Il Ceffone (the slap) is a collaboration with accordionist Maestro Bettini off the March album Nel desert di sonora 2014. Recorded mostly live, the poetry and music of Massimo Ocera, Andrea Calegaro and Simone Garza is at turns sentimental and absurd, full of humour and passion.

I also love this track: But then, I would, wouldn't I.

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Derrick Brown - One Night Wonders Live (GDS)

Another live album - really live! The loveliest Californian poet Derrick Brown recorded by the loveliest literary journal Going Down Swinging, here in the loveliest Melbourne, back in May this year. This is part of GDS' current project One Night Wonders - high fidelity recordings of full-scale live solo poet sessions in Melbourne, released digitally. Always a step ahead of the game, GDS is now releasing like a label. And none too soon for the spoken word scene particularly here in Australia. Derrick is one of my favourite US poets. He has been since Cupcake. Something about his whimsy and wickedness, all wrapped up in one sonorous drawl ... his almost absurdly dirty-romantic turn of phrase. Also, the fact that he started the ridiculously good Write Bloody publishing house. So, two poems in here - the second, A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me is one I defy you to make through without holding your breath. If you cry a little bit, I won ok? A beautiful story. As beautiful and heart wrenching as James Garner crying. (If you know what I mean, you know what I mean.) As the GDS editors said: "Anyone who was at that show can talk it up - the audience were so replete with laughter and sneaky tears that when Derrick finished the show by walking out of the room and not looking back, it seemed the only way it could have ended. But lots of shows are brilliant, and even as they’re happening they vanish into the ether. This one decided to stay with us.." There will be four in this series of ONW - Eleanor Jackson performed first up, Felix Nobis is next, and in November there will be a cross-continental reunion of Sean M Whelan and The Mime Set. And, hopefully, more into the future. It's all here.

Summer in Jakarta

Two tracks from the great Summer in Jakarta compilation, a collection of unreleased material from the Berlin label Jakarta Records - on vinyl, on cassette for a lucky few too, and digital of course, too. First Mura Masa,18 year old English beat slayer / heart breaker .. I can't really explain the sound of Mura Masa which is a state of being I like to be in with music. Samples and seemingly random sounds woven together in a very precise way. It to me sounds a lot like the new Russian electronica I've been listening to lately (some of which I featured in the 19th dance). Later, adding to the spaceflight of Derrick's poem, Garden City Movement's lovely track Move on. Collaboration between Berlin and Tel Aviv - sparse, rich electronics, pop-soul vocals, vibrato guitar. Again, I've been giving in to the electronic pop vibe lately and there is some lovely stuff happening if you dig a little. Jakarta Records is definitely a good place to go digging.

Zen Zin & Pawcut - The Butterfly Effect

Speaking of Jakarta Records, the label released an intriguing album last month. Zen-Zin is an MC from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. Growing up, he taught himself English through hip hop and rap lyrics, and American movies. He began collaborating remotely with German producer Pawcut and the album The Butterfly Effect is the result. The two have apparently never met in person. The album is soulful and layered and warrants many listens.

Pipas de Coco - Paz de Pez

Sticking with the eclectic hip hop - nearer the top of the show, something from the first album of Pipas de Coco, aka Olivier Boigandreau poet, activist from Segovia, Spain. Released in July the whole collection of tracks has a great energy and an uncompromising political heart, which is as we like it.

 

Beny Esguerra - A New Tradition

Not a new release but something I've wanted to mix in for some time is Beny Esguerra's track Somos (We are). For this we go back to 2012 and cross to Canada ... Beny released the album A New Tradition back then, a furiously good weaving of spoken word with Colombia's indigenous flute, the gaita, Afro-Cuban and Colombian percussion, West African balafon, funk, zouk, some '70s Nuyorican salsa... This is the kind of consciously bilingual, socially-conscious spoken word that fires up the heart of social movements, a lot like the Chicano poets Michael Reyes and Bocafloja.

Sun Sunych - Hybris

Dear friends at French netlabel Libre Comme Lair released this unique hip hop album by Ukrainian rapper  Sun Sunych at the beginning of September. "...not just an album ... an appeal, even more - screaming, yelling to myself - rational, logical, modern, from that underworld, archaic, unconscious ... Hybris is manifested in the form of pride, hypertrophied self-esteem, soaking in the various spheres of life. This is the inner voice that calls out to you in the night, this is your inheritance on a nonphysical level ... Fight it, subordinate it or be absorbed by it!" It is ... there's something deeply unsettling at the heart of Hybris by which I don't mean nasty or not good listening - it's great listening, mostly - it's not even anger. It's disturbance. A ripple in the fabric. As ever, LCL challenge even our comfortable conceptions of 'conscious hip hop' (... did I really say that? ... can we really get comfortable within the revolution itself? ... why, yes, we can.)

El Remolón - El Chamuyero Remixes

Deeeeeeep cumbia from Argentina’s El Remolón’s - El Chamuyero, a collaboration with Buenos Aires based singer Iv Anna, has been remixed by the likes of Chants and Atropolis. In here is actually the original, released earlier in the year - the remixes are out this week - the info is here.

Guts - Paradise For All

To Ibiza, via Paris ... but it's not what you think! French beatmaker Guts has a love for the obscure sample which endears me to him. A track from his 2012 album features (... and some news, thanks to Heavenly Sweetness, we have a new album from Guts this week, returning to his hip hop roots. That's here.)

 

Sleepin Giant - Purple

Another great label, Original Cultures released this album from Sleepin Giant back in April, the Amsterdam-based producer's first official album. This is deeeeeep soul. No doubt about it. The track featured in LDP 24 is due to the poem and the voice of Aja Monet, beautiful NYC poet and educator. Aja has been in the process of releasing an ebook, Inner City Chants and Cyborg Cyphers this year - another track later in the show sings the title. Also produced by Sleepin Giant, that's here:

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Mau Power - The Show Will Go On

Come back across the seas to the seas surrounding me right now - the Pacific, and more from Mau Power's album The Show Will Go On - the title track, in fact. (My Island Home formed the heart of the 21st podcast). Voicing the experience of the Torres Strait Islands, the islands' first touring hip hop artist, I first heard Patrick Mau by accident, driving, flicking through the radio and coming across an interview. He is an eloquent, big soul. And that comes across in his music. The album features giant of Australian music Archie Roach, on the track Freedom - a true song of protest, inviting understanding, inclusion, work, release, change. I wanted to include this track in the podcast as well but ran out of time. Here is the video:

http://youtu.be/xMqG_LyD9s4

To Sri Lanka, finally, something specially captured for us, by the industrious sailor poet Larry T Hill - currently living and working in his native Sri Lanka, he is collaborating with Tamil hip hop artist Rz Omar. They filmed the collaboration on Rz' track Naam Ontrai and here it is (including the discussion of the track at the end, cut from the podcast):

http://youtu.be/Yu9SXqY5x7g

A coda; an interlude; From Zeb aka The Spy From Cairo - an unreleased track Albanian rhapsody, that he shared with us all a couple of months ago. Beautiful. You can get that track here:

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The track list in order:

  1. Balzi del Mulo - Il Ceffone
  2. Mura Masa - Miss You
  3. Derrick Brown - Debbie
  4. Pipas de Coco - Buongiorno (prod. Arbaroh)
  5. Beny Esguerra - Somos
  6. El Remolón - El Chamuyero (feat. Iv Anna)
  7. Ken Nordine - No News Is Good News Blues
  8. Sleepin Giant - Glitch (feat. Aja Monet)
  9. Garden City Movement - Move On
  10. Derrick Brown - A Finger, Two Dots, then Me
  11. Guts - Libre Je Suis Devenu
  12. Ken Nordine - Tree of Knowledge
  13. The Spy From Cairo - Albanian trance
  14. Sun Sunych - Pegasus
  15. Mau Power - Intro + Transitions Of Life - Feat. Shirley Davis
  16. Aja Monet - Inner City Chants
  17. Zen-Zin & Pawcut - Fade To Black
  18. Ana Tijoux - Interludio Agua
  19. Rz Omar feat. Larry T Hill - Naam Ontrai
  20. Zen-Zin & Pawcut - Outro

 

* said with love

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Let's Play ~ Ferdydurke Live Mix

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Let's Play ~ Ferdydurke Live Mix

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A set made for Ferdydurke in Melbourne, for the weekly residency continuing into winter. Where I get to have some fun and play around with the spoken / music mix for three hours every Tuesday night.

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Playing around the edges of dub, jazz, Latin beat, pop, funk and folk, brasileira, neo-tropicalismo, poesia concreta .. plucking poetry and samples like thoughts out of the air. A theme in the samples expresses itself subconsciously. I don't know much about the book Ferdydurke but I think there might be a suitable element of the absurd in this mix ... This poem, as Muta says, is messing with your mind. Have fun.

The opening poem is Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel Prize winning Polish poet, taken from the seminal United States of Poetry collection made by Bob Holman back in the '90s. Defining the play throughout is Mutabaruka's Dis Poem. Some new and recent cuts - two from Quantic's smooth new album Magneticaa lovely jazz/dub number from Dub Colossus (pre-order the new album, click here); Rafi El, San Francisco rapper/songwriter, from his January album out on Dutty Artz; and from Brazil, Dom La NenaChico DubDJ Kin and Graveola. Also the return of old friends Freak Out Muzik and poesia concreta mestre, Augusto de Campos. Full track listing at the Mixcloud link.

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LAPKAT Mix ~ 3AM Lava Flow

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LAPKAT Mix ~ 3AM Lava Flow

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Last month filling in for the "Under The Sun" radio show on Triple R FM Melbourne was one of the most enjoyable radio shows I've ever done. I managed to remember to record this one, so I thought I'd remove my voice breaks and knit together an hour of the mix, just to share the flow!

I love live radio. I don't get to do it often right now, but in a way that's a nice thing. Like I get to occasionally go and throw a big pile of fuel onto the fire of my creativity. This was one of those shows where the flow was just strong. It happens, in those lovely, cosy, studio 'wombs', when you're sitting inside the horseshoe of the console with the lights dimmed and the speakers up loud and the faders all within reach, and you're just letting your inspiration take you along. And the listeners are flowing along with you, calling in to talk about tracks, to thank you. The shared experience is fantastic.

For this show I wanted to honour the most inspiring women currently in my high-rotation collection of global spoken word and music. The complicated, powerful, emotional, loving, fierce female voice. Sometimes I have days when I feel I've lost contact with my inner strength, my belief in my beauty and my power, my connection to the worldwide source of fire. Sometimes I allow others to extinguish a little bit of my flame. We all have days like this. All we have to do is remember on those days that our own pilot flame is always alight, no matter if the fire is not burning high! And draw energy in the meantime from our sisters and our mothers and our friends and our lovers, from our power women, whoever, wherever, whenever they are.

Queen KA, Sister Fa, Ancestress, Titilope Sonuga, Maureen Shepard, Azam Ali, Ursula Rucker, Suheir Hammad, Sara Sayed, Nhaiire, Tanya Evanson, AYDA, Sarina Leah .. you'll have heard all these voices and some of these poems, tracks, if you've listened to "La Danza Poetica" or other of my live mixes. The title comes from Maureen Shepard's poem 3AM Enlightened Darkness 1 which I wove right through. I love the rawness of the poem and her recording, the wry humour. It speaks so well that burning 3am frustration I think all women have felt one time!

So, for all the beautiful strong women around me who make their lives their art and their art their lives - let the lava flow!!

The tracklist >>>

(Woven right through is Maureen Shepard's track 3am The Enlightened Darkness 1) François Couture - Grandmother's Song (Canada/Inuit) Queen Ka - Tiamo (Canada) Tremor - Huella feat. Micaela Chauque (Argentina) Titilope Sonuga - My Mother's Music (Nigeria/Canada) Sister Fa – Assoukatene (Senegal) Titilope Sonuga – Beautiful (Canada) Ancestress - Bring Buildings Down (Australia) Maureen Shepard - 3am The Enlightened Darkness 1 (USA) Bissecta - The end of the world (France) Azam Ali & Mercan Dede – Dem (Turkey) Shubha Mudgal, Ursula Rucker & Business Class Refugees – Steadfast (USA/India/Israel) Soapkills - Marra Fi Ghnina (Soapkills Remix) (Lebanon) Suheir Hammad - Jebalia (Palestine/USA) Mop Mop - Loa Chant Feat. Sara Sayed (Italy/Finland/UK) Native Sun - Original Inhabitants (Mozambique/Caribbean/UK) Ngaiire - Dirty Hercules (PNG/Australia) Tanya Evanson - The Importance of Roads (Canada/Turkey) AYDA - Wet (Iran)

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LAPKAT SBS Chill Resident Session ~ The Mix

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LAPKAT SBS Chill Resident Session ~ The Mix

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My session for the SBS Chill digital radio station earlier this April is now downloadable on Soundcloud. A minimal, spacious, Franco/Latin electronica mix, poetics ranging from Français, Español, Québécois, to Iraqi poet Nazik Al-Malaika ... For this hour set, I essentially went through my collection and drew out everything I'd marked as "beautiful", and "lovely" ..... then drank some sweet wine and settled into my headphones to dream for a while through music and poetry. I really do love what I do!

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The track list is generally is as follows. The whole thing is building inevitably towards the gorgeous, timeless voice of Benjamín Escoriza (of Radio Tarifa fame) a voice which never fails to act on me like some kind of transportation device.....and speaking of transportation, Laurie Anderson had to make it into a mix sometime - she was one of my earliest inspirations in spoken word artistry, as I'm sure she's been for many others.

gilx p - l elan du coeur [Up, Bustle & Out – Waterfalls of Gold (Theme II)] [Rafael Aragon - Curandero (intro)] Bigote - Doña Maria - Plantita de Aleli (Bigote rmx) [Fabrice Koffy - Éveil] [The Ambient Society - Nitescence] El Buho - River Euphrates [Poem by Nazik Al-Malaika] [Dubsahara - Persian voice] El Buho - Y Ian Kamau - Break Me Down Ariane Moffat (Dubbel Dutch Remix) Hotel Amour (Dubbel Dutch Remix) [Laurie Anderson - Same Time Tomorrow] World Hood - Pescador Odezenne – Nasty Orquesta (feat. Katie Kim) The Lunar Maria [F4 Collective / Auddie - Rouleaux - Paul Sunderland - Arthur-Louis Cingualte] Lucas Santtana - Cá pra nós (El Buho rmx) Vitaliy Rybakin - Sorrento Valley [Fabrice Koffy - Amour] [F4 Collective / Auddie - Souviens t-en, Marie-Agnäs Michel] Up, Bustle & Out - Waterfalls of Gold (feat. Benjamín Escoriza)

Headphones recommended.

 

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