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‘One Summer…’ New Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal launched live on Radio out of Corsica, Cyprus and London

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dl coverRadio brings people together, it always and always will. Haji Mike in Cyprus linked up with Gibsy Rhodes aka Kingdom Signal in the summer of 2014 via Versionist Radio. Gibsy wanted to do a Haji Mike Special so he requested a few tunes. This led to an invite to Haji Mike to join the station, which happened shortly afterwards. Versionist was also known as the ‘Village Radio’ and would later transmute into ‘OuttaMiYard Radio’ where people from different locations around the world switch studios every couple of hours like as one Reggae/Dub Radio Marathon. Radio also brings people together through music and is a vital media for musicians as a platform to showcase their creations. Haji Mike realized this when he started releasing independent music in 1990 via London. ‘The first time I did a radio session for Andy Kershaw I was over the moon. In fact Kershaw was the first person to play ‘Stavroulla’ one of my early releases in Cyprus’ says Haji Mike ‘ and that concept of the live session, where musicians jam on air was crucial for many artists like myself back in the day as a way of getting exposure.’ Fast forward, 27 years and the live radio session is just as important but something fundamental has changed in the meantime. The Internet gives everyone the opportunity to play live on air from any place and any time as long as the technology works. So Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal, follow in the that fine live radio session tradition this month with a couple of special exclusive shows to launch their new release ‘One Summer’ (Power of Love Records) which came out on May 1st. Dates as follows for the sessions and interviews:

LIVE SESSION HM, KS CORSICA OMY RADIO

Weds 10th May 17:00–21:00 UTC+02 (4-8pm, UK – 6-10pm, CY) OuttaMiYardRadio Live Session Episode 1 – Live and direct from Kingdom Signal Studios, Corsica Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal play ‘One Summer…’ in full plus dubplates, selections and tunes galore as the two Kings of The Mediterranean Underground meet for the first time on Air.

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Thurs 11th May Live interview with Jahmon Selector (Belgium) on OuttaMiYardRadio 18:00 – 18.30  Tune in here——>    outta-mi-yard-hm-main

Thurs 11th May Live interview with DJ Debbie Golt on The Outerglobe (UK) on Resonance FM 7.40-8.15 pm  Tune in here——>  resonancefm_logo

LIVE SESSION HM, KS CORSICA GBR RADIO

Fri  12th May 5-7pm UK (7-9pm CY) GreekBeat Radio (UK)  Live Session Episode 2 live and direct from Kingdom Signal Studios, Corsica Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal perform ‘One Summer…’ in full plus dubplates and selections. Tune in here ——————>greekbeat

What people have been saying about ‘One Summer…’   

‘Lush New Dub Sound’ – Sarah Fenwick – Cyprus News Report

‘Meditative’ Sista Skanka – OMYRadio

‘Hypnotic’ Dub Thomas – Dubophonic/OMYRadio/RastFM

‘Fabulous!’ Dj Mario Greekbeat Radio

‘A contemplative call to action, earthed in the cosmos, rootical, soaring, essential!’ Debbie Golt Outerglobe/Resonance 104.4FM

‘Many things…an awakening, fresh, exciting, earthy, witty, poetic, summerness, takes you on journeys, bittersweet and ambitious’ Stelios Keryniotis, Astra Radio Cyprus

 

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The New release ‘One Summer…’ is available through  Google ,24/7 ,7 Digital, Amazon MP3, BounDEE, Emusic, iFeel Music, iMusica, iTunes,Juno, MediaNet Mobile Partners: AMI Entertainment & Gracenote – Streaming – Napster/Rhapsody/YouTube Art Tracks and many more….

 

 

 

Also check the video for ‘Stargazing’ by Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal

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Web Links:

Power of Love Records on Facebook

Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal Bandcamp

Kingdom Signal Soundcloud 

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For more information contact  POLRecords@protonmail.com

 The ‘Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal Live Corsica Sessions’ are supported by

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Let the Silenced Souls Speak!

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When Silence Souls Speak
The illusive opposite ends of an argument
Go their separate ways…

Having witnessed several loud media debates on the so-called opposite ends of the spectrum on racism, namely the racists and the anti-racists, I cannot help but wonder where are the people being framed and stigmatized by all the players in these processes. Who represents who has dogged my thinking as an artist, academic and human being for many decades.

I can recall being at school in the late 1960’s and the teacher, a pleasant enough person in general whose name I cannot clearly recall sent me to stand in the corner for 45 minutes. It felt like a life time. I was disciplined as they say in draconian pedagogic methods. My crime – speaking my mind. It was a trivial issue. ‘Zorba The Greek’ had topped many a chart during that decade and our teacher, who was I think Welsh, had decided to teach us the steps. Zorbas or hassaposerviko as I later came to know it as a semi-pro folk dancer during my youth, was a dance I had learnt somehow from birth. But for those 45 minutes, despite knowing the teacher was wrong, it felt like my whole world had ended. One of the most humiliating things for me was being silenced, being told not to speak, not to move, to just freeze still obediently.

What does all this have to do with media debates or lack of on racism in Cyprus? Simple, the issue of who speaks in the media and who doesn’t is as old as charcoal etchings on stone cave walls. In Cyprus, the media, especially TV, Radio and newspapers have a paternalistic approach to audiences and giving every one a voice. Also many times they just manufacture blatant lies. For example it has allegedly been claimed ‘immigrants’ in a neighbourhood in Larnaca – we have never seen or heard them – but that’s the claim – are ‘insisting’ the bells of St Lazarus Church, a very sacred place in Christian Orthodoxy, should not be ringing. No one explains why, the alleged ‘immigrants’ have allegedly posited this, beyond of course the highly contentious myth that they could be muslims!

So there they sat, I do not need to name names. The racist MP and the anti-racist activist. Shouting their heads off at each other, full amplitude, deafening decibels. I know they are worlds apart, so whats the point in watching. The TV presenter loves it, the ratings always soar when an argument is heated. The Radio presenter loves it, the ratings always rocket when an argument sounds like its taking place between enemies in a coffee shop.

Amongst all this you wonder who speaks, who doesn’t and why the media simply don’t represent people with respect for equality and a right to exist as human beings. Have you ever seen an African, Asian or even a European citizen included in any of these debates. The question is obviously rhetorical as we all know the answer is a resounding “NO!”

I also wonder whether the racist MP and anti-racist activist aint got nothing better to do than look like a pair of fake gladiators, like those idjuts in those highly staged WWF TV bouts.

It is a lot more relevant to stick on an old LKJ LP called ‘Forces of Vicktry’ and take heed. The lyrics are just as relevant today as they were in 1979…..

OuterNational Radio…never had it so good :)

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I started on radio many moons ago on a station called University Radio Essex (URE) some time in the late 1970’s. Reggae was then as it remains til now my main pre-occupation and musical passion. I kept my first and last URE shows, in order to hear how I had progressed over 5 years on air. Nowadays I continue flying the red, gold and green, on a show called ‘OuterNational’ which I started as a podcast a few years ago. Having worked on several stations in Cyprus I had become  disillusioned with the overall lack of understanding. For many Greek speaking stations everything is very ‘us’ and ‘them’. There’s ‘Greek’ music programming and ‘Xena’ or the ill-termed ‘Foreign’ music. I had always been puzzled by this after all most Greek pop music has become bloated with all kinds of sounds from mainstream pop which are not remotely Greek. Overall the effect is ‘Muzak’ that non-genre defining tasteless sound. Just think about it, most songs by Greek pop stars outside of Greece are unmarketable.

Now many people may be saying, yes, HM is just stating the obvious after all the songs are in Greek. But language has nothing to do with it. Everything has to do with genre and sub-genre. So being on radio-land back then felt like being in the wrong place. Trying to fit demographically was awkward. How could a specialised reggae show ‘fit’ on schmultzy Muzak stations?

So I discovered podcasting. This was around 2004 and I think my ‘OuterNational’ podcast was probably the first to ever be made in Cyprus. I dug deep in the cassette vaults, finding old interviews with Burning Spear and Cutty Ranks, as well as hot revival selections juggled on different themes. It was so different from being on radio as a found podcasting was a great way of reaching far beyond Cyprus. So one particular podcast was downloaded over 1,000 times over 3 days in China. Not sure how that happened but it certainly brought a smile to my face.

Time passed, I was content with ‘OuterNational’ being a podcast until one day I heard one of the most ridiculous bastard style mash up mixes. ‘Get Up Stand Up’ by Bob meets ‘Lets Go To Hawaii’ by Protopsalti. Knowing the manager of the station I phoned up to complain about what was being done on the airwaves in the name of Jah music. This led to my first stint on Astra Radio, where OuterNational came to the airwaves on Monday’s 9-11pm. It was good to be back on air and soon the show, with the advent of the net, had picked up a good listener base outside Cyprus, mainly in the USA. This led the show to coming to the attention of BigUp Radio, the most popular reggae station in the net. It’s good to be doing radio again but on different terms from before. The show was also featured on Radio Napa  and is now also hosted on Inspiration FM in Northampton, UK.

Artist featured recently as guests include  Grammy Winner Tippa Irie, Junior Toots and the legendary MC Cutty Ranks.

All of this makes me very happy as the aim of the show is to promote reggae as a music that transcends conventional borders and national identities. Who would have thought that this music from Jamaica in  the 1960’s would evolve into such a world-wide force, making it the island’s biggest cultural asset and a crucial economic export.

Reggae is just as much a genre these days as rock and it has been that way for several decades. Like any music, it will always evolve, develop and move on. I am proud to play a very small part in this expanding world-wide reggae community, as an artist and reggae broadcaster.

Outernationally Yours

Haji Mike

tune in http://bigupradio.com/radio/radio-shows/outernational

Haji Mike Outernational airs every Friday on BigUpRadio…

Sunday the original slot on Astra Radio 11-midnight 92.8 FM http://www.astra.com.cy

Monday around midnight on Inspiration FM UK   107.8FM  http://www.inspirationfm.co.uk/  

Also available as a Podcast each week 

http://www.podcasts.canstream.co.uk/inspirationfm/index.php?cat=Outernational