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Joy Jones “Over” – Afro Funk Edit by Mr Kuyateh

PRESS the PLAY button Above:  Joy Jones “Over” – Afro Funk Edit prod. by Mr Kuyateh
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The original version of “Over” (see above video), is one of those delicious tracks that I could listen to all day.

It was featured on her Album “Godchild” in 2009 and had quite a few bangers.  Salute Daz-I-Kue (Bugz in the Attic) for assisting in her musical growth.  His musical spirit and attention to sound details is a tribute the fine musicians that were apart of the albums inception.

Now that I think about it, when I saw her at SOB’s awhile back she was with Daz and I believe Mark de Clive Lowe.  That same night I fell in love with the ease in which notes fluttered from out of her.

I voice stalked for awhile aka checked other material and followed on Facebook/Twitter.  My love of beautiful voices often leaves me in this predicament.   I know that out of respect for the art and knowing that i’ll be supporting in the future some how, the trail is like a mental Stickie.

Now let’s get back to “Over”.  The approach to process her voice was brilliant.  The Daft Punk filter/tuning effect, whether her’s or producer decision, enhanced the potency and story effect of the words.

I know her live voice first hand.  Of course the processing wasn’t needed to improve her vocals like other musicians that need that “musical crutch“.  It was an experiential improvement.  That end result is a beautiful piece of sound that will be eternally vibrating in Universal Space.

Joy Jones’s voice reminds me of a soulful Disney experience, wtf right.  It makes sense though think a jazzier Minnie Ripperton, down one register and there you have it.

I swear I feel like I see butterflies and shxt.  It’s just so sweet and composed of good energy, I guess that’s what happens when one’s internal spirit is projected sonically.

With that I say, enjoy my remix/edit which is a sexy in the club rhythm.  I wanted to keep the vocals in front and have a subtle thump to enhance Joy’s words.  The build is smooth and not over powering.  Dancing to it can get real sexy when with a partner.  If solo, it’s a dope track to get in a zone to… trust this dancer!

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UPDATE | “OVER” as a soundtrack to the Korryn Gaines incident

It was around 9am and I peep a story about a young woman named Korryn Gaines who was killed in Baltimore by a SWAT team.  Her son was also hit in the chest and all this as a result of a warrant for unpaid tickets.

What was extremely compelling about the situation was that she was live streaming (or recording) the SWAT raid.  After she was killed,  her public posting of the videos and her social media accounts were deleted.  It’s highly suspected that the Baltimore Police dept. did that to keep the national spotlight away from them.

The entire story is not only compelling but touched me deeply. A black child and young woman were shot for ticket infractions.  Her confrontational and militant attitude reminds me of me when confronted by the Police.  I might be a little smoother than her, but I can recall actions that if I did now,  is likely to get me shot.

Korryn Gaine’s remind me of sisters/cousins/friends, she’s feisty and has a low tolerance for the brutality of our people, particularly Police.  I get it, as many in the real hood (aka home) would.  Today it’s still on the news, tomorrow, it’s in our homes and the following day us on the ground.

Think about that for a minute….

I couldn’t get it out of my head and as i’m reading about her, the “Over” remix is playing.  Ironically, the words were almost playing out to the video I was watching.  At that moment, I knew what I would do… create a promo video to create awareness of Korryn’s death.

 

 

What is the purpose of creating the video?

Well all I can do is use my creative voice to take responsibility for social issue that effect my culture.  I know that if left up to the few media outlets that control the airwaves, our cultures message would be lost in confusing truths and interpretations.  Facts would be left out, things would be altered and the overall history be deleted like a Facebook post or Tweet.

We are living in a new age, the awakening is here… with that I made this video and plan on extending it.  Archiving my own truths to teach without outside influence.

Bless up my peoples and keep that 3rd open!  Salute

Rest in Love Korryn | Soldier

– Mr. Kuyateh | Always African

Proud Freetown, Sierra Leone Mandingo Man

GiKu Music Live Stream w/ Mr. Kuyateh | DeepHouse + AfroHouse + AfroBeat + AfroFunk

After a session with my man SnowBklyn and the Groove Room , I came home to rock on the my personal decks.  I had a few technical difficulties that were light but it’s my fault.  I should have gotten to Snow’s spot earlier to test his deck and see what’s up.

With that, I had to come home and rock with what I’m comfortable with.  I didnt have the CDJ’s connected yet but that will come in due time.  For now I’m rocking on the Pioneer DDJ-SX, my second favorite choice of rocking… I love CDJ’s.

Enjoy the first set as I test sound out and the whole FB Live process…

Press play, let that shxt rock and enjoy the session… It’s not much to watch for an hour, it’s more listening and vibing.  So do that!  – Mr. Kuyateh

P. S. for the heads I had to rock a classic Lo-Piece… u already Lo!!

Alicia Keys – In Common | Brooklyn Deep House Remix

I can’t get enough of Alicia’s direction with this banger of a track!

I just saw the video, dope… it’s exactly the flow i was envisioning

I think I was listening to Luna and it came on afterwards.  So i’m listening nodding the fuxk out my head already producing the foundation in my head.

I look and got mad happy when I saw that it was the oh so fly Alicia Keys.  She always embraced a dope sense of culture and identity of self, so not totally surprising.

She took it further by being natural… no face beat… no make up (or light make up, u get the point).

I like he she continues redefining the commercial standard of beauty and that’s dope.  The African rhythm and sound is straight on some ole Naija/Ghanaian energy mixed with light moving electronic synths that carry you through the journey of her love tale, embracing u with a warmth and relatable track.

This music stylist predicts it to be one of the Summer’s biggest tracks, I won’t be surprised if some out of the norm super Emcee’s jump on board to expand their musical reach and demographic.  Who knows, maybe i’m reaching with that or maybe not…

It would be smart as Alicia’s “In Common” is a universal song with global appeal.  I bet the majority of her sales will be international and have a steady flow over the years.

All in all, i’m just proud to hear her being her and staying true to her self.

As for my remix hmmmm…

Free Download: http://bandcamp.com/track/alicia-keys-in-common-brooklyn-deep-house-remix

I had some medically prescribed Kush in the system (Dr’s orders), a lil 151 and pretty much went in a zone.  As usual, I wanted to keep the foundation of this version and let it rock.

Only riding the beat with a sound direction that wasn’t to conflicting but complementary.  Will prob do about 3 more but they’ll be just for me and if good enough will rock while spinning at a party/event or something.

My African roots are always present in production but I particularly like to induce that Deep House + Afro House sound that’s soulful.

I’m a Brooklyn dude and we rock to real house music that moves the soul.  Think Shelter, 667, Franks Lounge, Libation, Dance Ritual, Body & Soul, Soul Summit in Fort Greene Park

So I understand house very well as it’s a Spiritual thang, a Body thang, a Soul thang.

Now I’m still a pretty dope house dancer when not playing daddy duties (think Shelter getting it in on the floor with or without powder type of dude).  This understanding of timing and whether or not a track moves a street dancer or trained enables me to be authentic and real when saying… It’s a dope dance track, because I could dance to it.

With that to say, share with fellow dj’s and music lovers.  I’d love to see people dance to the remix, tag me if ya do.

Lastly, support ya girl Alicia Keys as she is winning right now and in a lane of her own.

Bless up! – Gibril

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Watching Me Remix – Renee Neufville | ZHANE

If you haven’t heard ya favorite radio Dj’s rocking “Watching Me“, the latest track from Renee Neuville than you been slipping.  Most of you all are familiar with the 90’s banger “Groove Thang” by Zhane, but the sexy Caribbean has been busy touring with Roy Hargrove’s The RH Factor in addition to individual appearances throughout the world.

I been meaning to remix something of her’s officially but there’s a lot of hoops for all that.  So I figured, what the hell and worked with the existing track and building off of it since instrumental and vocal stems were not available.

It’s always an interesting journey with remixing a track, because you don’t know where it will go and take you as the producer.  I did most of this awhile back, but it was missing something and pretty much just sat on the hard drive.  Recently, i’ve been having a creative spark finishing up unfinished tracks and this flowed.

Actually I believe I did the bulk last night tweaking it all today.  Anyways enjoy and check out more production from Gibril Kuyateh.  If your a label or studio house looking for production or sound design, that’s ya man.

 

 

 

THE FINAL GKXRS RADIOSHOW IS NOW LIVE ON BROOKLYN RADIO!

Dj Gibril Kuyateh and his show The GKXRS is coming to an end. It always had a way of popping up with banging tracks from all genres and disappearing leaving mouths watering for more, but never did it end completely. The out of the box creative direction is what made it so appealing. Gibril (aka GiKu’s) smooth blending and connection to music impresses the ear naturally. 

Whether it’s hearing him express his self in that honest and blunt way that Brooklyn natives do or hitting us in the head with original production, remixing an entire hour+ show or playing instruments with his mixes… each show was an ‘experience’ in itself.

Learn more about his next creative audio and visual project “The Brooklyn Word TV/RADIO“, coming to Brooklyn Radio soon!

In the mix: Mobb Deep, Tracy Lee, Phonte, Chris Crack and the New Deal Crew, MC Tree, Jigmastas, Joey Badass, Jainene Veda, Busta Rhymes, Cru, Monica
Blaire, Offering Recordings, Biggie and many more…

www.TheBrooklynWord.com |  http://facebook.com/gikumusic | http://instagram.com/mrkuyateh_brooklyn/

I Should Have Been In Mexico, but instead I’m In Brooklyn Remixing The Weeknd | OFTEN

I should have been in Cancun, Mexico get to the airport and my damn passport is expired. Fuxk… so i’m in the studio in Brooklyn and flipped this joint.

The Weekend is pretty dope and it’s been a minute since I remixed a track of his (below).  I wanted to keep the original essence in it and not change it up to much.  I added my typical layers of flavor to give it a dance feel that I’m comfortable moving to.  If i’m not nodding my head, I can’t fuxk wit it.

Download here...

New projects: have a remix for SHAME / Tyrese that i’m going to be dropping by Monday.  Just have to add keys and record myself playing the flute with it.  If it sounds straight It’s dropping.  I did something else, but can’t remember what.

Also plan on dropping some music on iTunes/Traxsource/GooglePlay and all other music platforms via GIKU MUSIC and their amazing distribution network.

Holla wit budgets if you looking to do studio business… #mrkuyateh

The other tracks:

Deep House Mix – The Weeknd – Echoes Of Silence 

  • listening to this now, I like it even more than when I did it originally.  It has a good flavor and balance.  I was in a zone while playing the keys because I don’t remember doing it.  I sounds pretty good, like I know a track is good when I forget that I did it and enjoy it.  Regardless, check it and decide for yourself.

The Weeknd – Kiss Land ReMix w/Lyrics

Michael Jackson Tribute Mix by dj Gibril Kuyateh | Listen + Free Download

This Mix is a blank canvas and at the bottom it says We Love You Michael Jackson. Press play and hear how the canvas comes to life creating an Afro Cinematic visual for your ears.

This show was created for my bi-weekly show The GiKu Experience Radio Show (now the GKXRS in Brooklyn)  which debuted on GiantStep in 2005 (i believe).  When the King of Pops passed in 2009, I created this around his Aug. 29 bday to pay respect to his sound legacy.

Wasn’t until I started digging deeper that the gravity of the situation weighed in. Michael is only with us through archived soul and memories! Got a bit painful there and thats when the mix starts getting serious.

The Re-Experienced sound design created and mixed by Dj Gibril Kuyateh & brings to life duets that never happened Stevie Wonder & Michael (With A Childs Heart). The Floetry & Michael (Butterfly) duet is a PERFECT blend of vocal goodness that can brings a tear to my eye… just one tear out my left eye, dries up before anyone notices.

Top and obscure tunes from the Jackson 5, The Wiz, Martin Bashir interview mix and more…

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