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Part of the Our Black Roots takeover
Brian d’Souza exists as a treasured gem within the boundaries of today’s electronic music scene. Known to us as Auntie Flo, he has cemented himself as one of the leaders of a movement marrying the rich textures of world music with the linear capacity of house and its surrounding genres. He is an artist that possesses an irresistible groove that in turn seems to run as a theme throughout each of his productions. Auntie Flo also represents the Highlife label and club night, for which is he is a resident. Highlife represents a whole host of artists who seem to have nailed the same marriage of genres that Auntie Flo has come to be known for, with exquisite music released from the likes of Alma Negra, Cain, Esa and Auntie Flo himself.
d’Souza has overtly represented black music worldwide for the entirety of his career. He is an artist who has achieved much with his Highlife World Series in terms of carrying the influence and recognition of certain strands of black music to the forefront of the electronic music scene. It is partly due to him that this specific fusion of genres has been popularised in recent years and it is great to hear sounds from further afield so prominent in releases from every corner of the globe.
For Our Black Roots, we have sought to receive selections from some of the most prominent figures that have represented the struggle for equality either within their music directly or via their arguments and statements that have resonated with us in recent years. Equality is an issue that is still rubbing off on individuals worldwide and we at Watch The Hype want to do our bit to publicise the issue as much as possible.
For today’s instalment of Our Black Roots, Auntie Flo has picked four tracks that span five decades, from the unquestionable soul of Nina Simone to Theo Parrish’s ode to black music. Listen and read below.