Sofrito Island Series // Haiti Direct EP Out Now!

A1: Claudette et Ti Pierre – Zanmi Camarade (Tropical Treats Edit)
A2: Ti Marcel – Nan Point la Vie (Siwo Version)
B1: Ibo Combo – Mateau
B2: Les Loups Noirs – Pile ou Face

Sofrito Island Series // Haiti Direct EP by sofrito

 Hypnotic Carnival rhythms, DIY electro and Compas experiments from Haiti… (more…)

Sofrito Island Series // Sound of Cape Verde
Out Now!

A1: Dionisio Maio – Corpim Sabe (Alma Negra Edit)
B1: Bulimundo – Santo Antòni La Belèm (Hide & Smile Edit)
B2: Os Kings – Minino Na Tchora

Musical collisions in the Atlantic!
Sofrito kicks off the new Island Series with a celebration of the vital dancefloor sounds of Cape Verde – a mixture of local Funana and Coladeira rhythms, Batuque percussion and psychedelic disco synths.


NPR // All Things Considered // A Music of Exile

Hugo Mendez and José Tavernier (Ibo Combo) talk with NPR’s Kelly McEvers about the Haiti Direct project, the music scene in the 60s and the development of Compas. First broadcast 05/04/14, you can listen again and download here.


Haiti Direct Selection Hugo Mendez

A selection of Compas, Cadence and Meringue from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe and Martinique to celebrate the Haiti Direct compilation on Strut Records.

For the vinyl-lovers don’t forget to check out the article for the Vinyl Factory on classic albums from Haiti – here…

Haiti Direct Selection by Sofrito on Mixcloud


Return of the Crab // Deep roots selection Frankie Francis

Frankie Francis dons his King Crab cape and digs into his bag of dubplates and 7″s for a deep roots selection heavy on the percussion – DJ cuts, sweet roots, rocksteady and vintage dubwise from Black Ark, Ras Michael and more….

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A Siwo taster mix Hugo Mendez

Percussion tracks, dubs, a syndrum and a tape echo.
One sunny afternoon at Joie Noire studios, 93.


Hugo Mendez mix // Radio Nova Néo Géo with Bintou Simporé

A mix for the Néo Géo show on Radio Nova, broadcast on 16th February 2014. Listen here