Outhere Records

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In the last seven years the out here rec team has been getting connected with Africa's vibrant urban music scene. The story began in 2001 when music journalist Jay Rutledge put together the compilation 'Africa Raps' for the label Trikont in Munich, highlighting tracks from West Africa (Dakar, Bamako and Serekunda) introducing artists like Abass Abass, Tata Pound, Pee Froiss, BMG 44, Gaston and Omzo to an international market. Next up was 'Mzansi Music' (Trikont) put together with www.rage.co.za celebrating the rebirth of black urban South Africa 10 years after the end of Apartheid, featuring some of the hottest artists from SA such as Mzekezeke, Mandoza, Zola, Mapaputsi, Skwatta Kamp and many others.

Out here records was founded in 2004 to present a new urban image of africa. The first release was the album 'Dakamerap' (OH 001) by Senegal's first female rap trio Alif. Georg Milz joined the team and started getting more and more involved in the labelwork. Soon the Tanzanian band X Plastaz and their album 'Maasai hip hop' (OH 002) followed. This got us in touch with East Africa and the Bongo Flava scene which has been booming literally unnoticed by the rest of the world for the last ten years. 'Bongo Flava - Swahili rap from Tanzania' (OH 003) released in 2005 (compiled by Mawingu) brought together the Swahili hip-hop cats from Dar es Salaam. It introduces superstars like Professor Jay, Juma Nature (just nominated for a MTV European Music award), Afande Sele (Tanzania's King of Bongo Flava 2004) and many others to an international market. 2005 brought us to Lagos together with Kora-award winner Adé Bantu. The trip resulted in the CD compilation 'Lagos Stori Plenti' (OH 005) featuring artists like African China, Faze, Modenine (most visible Nigerian artist on MTV Base Africa and Channel O), JJC & 419 Squad and many others. At the beginning of 2006 we also released 'African Rebel Music' (OH 004) introducing some of Africa's young and hot reggae and dancehall voices such as Peter Miles, Necessary Noize, the Danfo Drivers or Batman (MOBO award-winner 2006 - best African act) to an international scene. Then came a compilation entitled 'Urban Africa Club' (OH 006) our choice of Africa's best club tunes.
2006 saw outhere records first own production: 'Segu Blue' (OH 007) the first release of ngoni wizard Bassekou Kouyate from Mali and his band Ngoni ba. Now two years later Bassekou Kouyate and his band have collected two ‚BBC Awards for World music’ and established themselves as one of the hottest new acts from Africa on the international touring circuit.
Next up for outhere's urban Africa compilations was Ghana and its Hiplife revolution. ‚Black Stars – Ghana’s Hiplife generation’ (OH 008) was compiled by Georg Milz in Accra. Roots Reggaeton act Madera Limpia from Guantanamo. Their new album ‚La Corona’ (OH 009) came out mid of november 2008. Comfusoes Vol 1 a compilation with remixes by brasilian cutting edge DJs of 60, 70ies Angolan popicons brought us in touch with Latin America for the second time.
2009 saw the release of 'I speak fula' (OH 013) the celebrated follow up to 'Segu Blue'. The CD was released by Next Ambiance (Subpop)in US.
Our latest releases are: Ayobaness: The Sound of South African House (OH 015) a compilation of the hottest Clubtunes from South Africa and Yes we Can: songs about Last release for out here records was the leaving Africa (OH 017) a collection of previously unreleased tracks from Africa and the diaspora with first hand statements on migration one of the most important issues in Africa today.

outhere records SOUNDSYSTEM:
We also continue to work with Urban African Clubstyles: our sound system Daladala Soundz (www.myspace.com/daladalasoundz) (WOMEX 2007) is alive and kicking: they have played Africa festival Würzburg, Amsterdam Roots Festival, Helsinki (Zürich), Roskilde, Poland, Italy, Uk, Austria ... and more is coming up. Watch out for more of the latest coupé decalé, kwaito, afrohouse and kuduro tracks coming up ...



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"La Corona" - Madera Limpia

"Lagos - Stori Plenti" - V.A.

"Bongo Flava - Swahili rap from Tanzania" - V.A.

"Maasai HipHop" - X Plastaz

"Dakamarap" - Alif