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Appears on Paris DJ's 'A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND.' Click link below to purchase:

Press Release :
Calling all intergalactic Afro-funk cosmonauts and tropical grooves aficionados !!

After exploring GOODNESS, FIRE, WARRIOR and ELECTRIC themes, Paris DJs felt it was time to concentrate their research on the UNITY concept, on the global cultural unity that is expressed through all strands of groovy, funky, psychedelic and moving afrofunk, afrobeat, ethio-jazz, highlife, afrojazz, afrosoul, Carribean Funk and other Tropical Grooves to be found on this planet today.

This new compilation in the 'Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International series' is called 'A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND'. This unity theme is one that came out of nearly every discussion with the musicians from the worldwide 'afro scene'. Even if it might seem a bit utopic, it's something that is becoming a reality from Paris DJs' viewpoint - you wouldn't believe how much the most sincere musicians, bands, labels, DJs, record collectors and stores are connected throughout the world…

For this 5th volume of the series, graphic designer Ben Hito conceived another of his FANTASTIC artworks which was published on Paris DJs social networks and sent out by email to a selection of bands, including all the ones selected in the previous volumes.
Only 12 days later, the submissions had to be closed because too much bombs, superb tunes and crazy groovers had landed on the label's desk! A few tracks were even kept on the side for an upcoming funk/soul compilation, and 14 were assembled into the program you have here, ready to reach your music-loving ears.

From Cameroon and Senegal, to Australia and New Zealand, USA, UK, Spain, Germany up to Finland, 'A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand' is a joyous tour du monde uniting many strands of music born in Africa.

Tracklisting :
01 Franck Biyong & The Diamane Bantu Messengers - Ambom / Cameroon-France
02. Jujjumusic feat. Emmanuel Pi Djob - We Shall Overcome / France-Cameroon *
03. Lord Echo - A Straight Version of Terabu / New-Zealand *
04. Jungle Fire - Tokuta (Grant Phabao Remix) / USA-France
05. London Afrobeat Collective - Prime Minister / UK
06. The Afrobiotics - What Goes Around / Australia *
07. The Brand New Life - Bara Mbaye / USA-Senegal
08. Gato Loco - Cumbia Call / USA *
09. Ginferno - Erta Ale / Spain
10. Dexter Story & Wondem - Sinesrat / USA *
11. The Cactus Channel - Jorge Buccio / Australia
12. Shogun Orchestra - Black Lotus / New Zealand
13. Kaveri Special - Hei Suomenmaa / Finland
14. Jessie Evans - Evalution feat. Jimi Tenor + Machete Horns / Germany
* unreleased tracks

Credits :
Audiovisual concept by Djouls & Ben Hito
A&R : Djouls with the help of Loik Dury
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao
Artwork by Ben Hito


released July 4, 2014
Dexter Story & Wondem - Sinesrat / USA *

Credits :

Produced, mixed & mastered by The Life Force Trio (Dexter Story and Carlos Niño.
Composed by Dexter Story
Trumpet: Richard Grant
Woodwinds: Randal Fisher
Steel Pan: Alan Lightner
Additional Guitar: Damon Aaron
Additional Drums: Te'Amir Sweeney
All other instruments and programming: Dexter Story
Published by Dexter Story Music Publishing (BMI # 714225964)
Recorded at Storylight Studios, Los Angeles, CA

About Dexter Story & Wondem:

Wondem (meaning 'brother' in Amharic) is Dexter Story's upcoming Plug Research album inspired by Ethiopian, Somalian, Eritrean, Sudanese and Kenyan culture, and by his passionate and talented colleagues in the Los Angeles-based ethio jazz ensemble Ethio Cali. Although he is not “habesha” (meaning of direct Ethiopian descent), he has assembled a body of work that honors the rich musical heritage of East Africa while infusing his background in soul, jazz and funk. Produced by the prolific DJ and producer Carlos Niño, Wondem guest appearances include Mark de Clive-Lowe, CFO's Damon Aaron, vocalist Nia Andrews, Te'Amir Sweeney and members of Ethio Cali.



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Wondem Los Angeles, California

Wondem (meaning ‘brother’ in Amharic) is Dexter Story's Soundway Records album and his live ensemble inspired by Ethiopian, Somalian, Eritrean, Sudanese and Kenyan culture, and by his passionate tenure in the Los Angeles-based World jazz ensemble Ethio Cali. ... more


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