Festival Boreal


Hello strangers. Been tied up with getting our label onto the digital distribution thang, among other things. so the blog has been neglected.  A week friday, Sept. 19th,  is the beginning of Festival Boreal, situated by the coast of the town called Los Silos, Tenerife.  The festival came into being several years ago, born at the unveiling of a skeleton of  whale  which oversees the spot where the event now takes place.   On hand will be several local acts of various persuasions and textures, and countless activities, from the artistic, holistic, environmentally focused and the adventurous.  I’ll be doing the closing set on Saturday night, which kinda became a tradition for awhile.  The festival also returns to the coastal site, after a couple years up in the local square.

So I sign off with none other than…..’Back for another one’ by Casey Veggies Feat. Tyler, The Creator – Odd Future

Festival Boreal

It’s that time of year again, Festival Boreal is almost upon us. La costa de Los Silos es ‘el must’ de Tenerife.

From the initial festival, two years ago,  celebrating the unveiling of a rare complete skeleton of a whale, Boreal grew last year to accomodate 5000 people,

The two heads of the festival team have worked their nuts and tits off to get this happening, and with very little financial assistance coming through this year for cultural events, the festival was almost cancelled, but a decision has been made to go ahead, instead of throwing in the towel on all our work, so this year we are going to have to charge a little entrance fee.  We need  the people’s assistance now. Many of us here in Tenerife have grown accustomed to free government sponsored events but with many events not taking place due to lack of pennies from the government, we are fortunate to get this one rolling. Entrance fee is a measly eight euros, what you sayin’?

There will be a whole heap of things going on during the day, plus events taking place from the 13th of next month, and for all ages – workshops, discussions, re-introducing turtles to the sea, photo exhibits, yoga, batucada, plenty plenty.

More details soon

Venga ya!

Fstvl Boreal

Si tienes un grupo de música y te apetece actuar en el Festival Boreal 2010, envíanos tu disco o maqueta en formato cd o dvd adjuntando un breve curriculum, datos contacto y caché, a FESTIVAL BOREAL, Birding Canarias. c/ Doctor Jordán, 11. CP. 38470 Los Silos – Tenerife. De entre todas las propuestas enviadas antes del 10 de junio, se seleccionarán tres grupos para actuar los días del Festival.

Festival Boreal


Music, art and the natural world will be embraced at the Festival Boreal, taking place September 20 – 26 in Los Silos, Tenerife.

Conferences, discussions, photo exhibitions, recyle art, workshops for adults and nińos, story-telling.  There will also be a moment when turtles that have been nursed back to full health will be returned to the sea.

Román Morales will relay his journey down  the Amazon by kayak, Manuel García de Viedma will discuss the seas that surround us, and there will also be discussions on the Azores, and the last frontier, Antartica.

The festival culminates Saturday 26, with music from The Conquerer of Dub, Estación Zoo, 8 Islas Sound Sistema, Karlory Vary, Tropico28, myself and more.

Oh yeah, as in keeping with the tradition of Tenerife, it’s free for you good people, courtesy of Birding Canarias and the Ayuntamiento de Los Silos

What’s that smell?


It´s the funk of Sr. Lobenzo.

The past weekend, Sr. Lobenzo of Afrodisiac Club in Granada returned for a  session at Txola with fellow funk-don David DJ of the Black Evolution Collective.  We spent a couple hours before their Saturday set going thru Sr. Lobenzo’s 7″ selection, looking for some brutal breaks for a future collaboration. 

Lawd have mercy.  Breaks upon breaks upon breaks.  He is a sick man, and David ain’t slack either.  During their set I was constantly interupting, “What is this?”

For the program Sr. Lobenzo supplied music by The Dap-Kings, David Brubeck, Dublex, and  Colman Brothers

Spanish readers can catch up with the antics of The Black Evolution and other rare-groove / funk rollers via the latest edition of Enlace Funk magazine.

A few weeks back, after dropping some tunes of Yoggyone on the program, I received an email from the brother Narqo at Electrons Libres in France.  He informed me of an album that he was about to release, featuring more of the Yoggyone and a host of other new beat producers.  The album, Straight Outta Bestown  is now available via here, and when looking at the side-bar that has flyers for past events featuring the likes of Mike Slott and El-P, you know the beats gotta have some weight behind them.

/Rupture´s recent posting about CIAfrica´s  latest mix in the History series they’ve been doing had me clickin´,   music all for the  taking listening / download. African hip hop at it´s best with a heavy slant on dancehall runs the roost.  If you like yer beats hard like two day old shit, seek no further than Green Dog.

So as not to be killed by the sound of Sr. Lobenzo, I dug out the Big Band RTS track Ne ga se Prodavaj.  Rising afro-Cuban jazz straight out of what was Yugoslavia.  Gorgeous strings and horns riding on some intense drum work. 

Speaking of drums, had to follow with Idris Muhammad, linking his contribution to music with that of his son, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of  A Tribe Called Quest.

For those that live out Los Silos way (Tenerife) I’ll be returning that way with record box in tow for a session,  I think by the Whale Skeleton again.  The date looks to be August 28.  More info as it happens.

Ear Conditioning – The Beatdown

  • Electrons Libre / Tribute 2 Da Dee
  • Yoggyone / Preparation
  • OJ Simpson / Coroners Music (Stones Throw)
  • Manusa / Dans Mon Pays produced by Green Dog (CIAfrica)
  • Green Dog / Afristepdub (CIAfrica)
  • Artist Unknown /Hammond Sandwich (Blue Note)
  • David Brubeck / Title Unknown
  • The Dap-Kings / Nervous Like Me
  • Consequence / Buggin´Out 2009 (J.Period Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest Mix)
  • A Tribe Called Quest / Excursions – De La Soul Version
  • Teebs & Jackhigh / Untitled (Sunless)
  • Dublex / NHS
  • Colman Brothers / She Who Dares
  • Big Band RTS / Ne ga se Prodavaj  (Cosmic Sounds London)
  • Idris Muhammad / Wanderer (BGP)
  • Chain Gang Song

This week’s program can be heard from tonight at 22h00 at Sunhole Radio (Repeated weekday mornings at 11h00 from tomorrow).

Thursday it’s the turn of Planet Radio, at 23h00, and next week Tuesday 20h30 at Radio Norte 89.4FM. 

Photo: Sand Art by Andres Amodar