EARTH PEOPLE. You may recall I used to do a weekly column round here titled Ghetto Palms. But lately, Ghetto Palms has been on a bit of a tropical vacation, while I’ve been chasing the dragon called Vybz Kartel (and a few other odds and ends). But as I have been promising some of the column’s dedicated readers offline—Ghetto Palms now returns, in a new once-monthly format. Now it will be better suited to longer blends more in the vein of proper mixtapes, and hopefully grow as a forum for more developed, or at least longer-form, ideas—about the tropics, digital music, globalization, urbanism, daggering, war machines, ghetto orientalism and ecology of mind—that to date have popped up in a more fragmented and stream of consciousness way.
I couldn’t really think of a better maiden voyage for the brave, new Ghetto Palms long-player than the following 40+ minutes of African sounds commissioned from frequent GP contributor DJ Chief Boima, who is currently somewhere in Liberia wrapping his head around urbanism, globalization and (I would hope) some Freetown daggering. The mix also happens to be the launch of a new monthly mixtape series from the good peoples at Okayafrica called Africa In Your Earbuds. Download the mix below and hit the next page for the full tracklist and more thoughts.
Download: Chief Boima’s Okayafrica/Ghetto Palms Mixtape