British designer Andrew Bannis, who is currently living and working in Buenos Aires, presents some of his favorite songs!
Curated by Andrew Bannis
Total Runtime: 0:48:03
Andrew Bannis is the creative director for two labels, Fab Africa and Dadda. He's traversed Europe and Africa and now finds himself working from Buenos Aires, where he's hoping to unite Latin America with Africa in his new collection. Here are his go-to videos that inspire.
1. Grace Jones - Love You to Life
Anybody that knows what´s what has seen the one woman shows of legend. This represents Grace of today, still with the poppingly sexy drum & Bass licks. Plus of course the sultry vocals.
2. Sylvester and the Weather Girls/Two Tons of Fun - Be Grateful
Because we all have to really be grateful that Sylvester had the nerve to pull it off! Disco never died in my opinion. Nothing else can break down a dancefloor! The vocals, the backing....Yes, GO HEAD Y'ALL!
3 Su Su Bobien - Set Free (718 Sessions WMC 08')
Su Su Bobien proves once again that there is most certainly something wrong with the music industry by giving life with this performance. Sublime and divine vocals, for house music devotees!
4. The Martinez Brothers @ 718 Sessions
A few years back and old friend introduced me to the house music stylings of the M.B´s. When you watch this clip, you wish you were there. The energy comes over. This is the way house music, should and must be done. They were both about 18 and 15 at time.
5. Robert Glasper - Always Shine (Feat. Lupe Fiasco And Bilal)
Robert Glasper, Lupe, and Bilal keeping David Letterman on the Zeitgeist. Unlike myself admitedly. Glasper got to me unsually late. Now I am hooked.
6. Gangstarr - DWYCK feat Nice and Smooth
There are soooo many Hip-Hop clips you could post. I love this one for the bad-ass beat and the extraordinary rhyming ability for G.U.R.U. What a moment in time.
7. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Brooklyn Zoo (Wu-Tang)
This song is great for times when you are in a long, long ATM line and the machine stops giving money when it's your turn. LOL. The song, the production, the video? It's just everything and and then some. R.I.P. my mentor ODB. Thank for showing us that not giving a damn is important.
8. Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 - Bonn - "Beasts of No Nation"
Starting from part two because of the incredible vocal, both parts should be atched. This song is an anthem to me and sums up the political situation both then and now globally. The lyrics burn with fire and intention. Tell me? What happened in Libya? LOL!
9. The Lijadu Sisters in rehearsal and conversation (circa 1979/1980)
Staying with Nigeria. This is a gorgeous and rare clip of the beautiful and elegant Ljadu Sisters. If you do not know them GET TO KNOW THEM! Especially their classic track "Orere Eligbo," which destroys all dancefloors....Nigerian music. Genius and underated as usual. SUPPORT THE CLASSICS.
10. Prince Lincoln - Hereos Just The Same
Oh this a lovely dancefloor stepper, from the hugely missed Prince Lincoln. His voice is so special and he deserved way more credit. It will come in time. The album this song derives from is a must have. Saluting all the heroes of reggae of no longer with us, but whom left a massive contribution to music.
11. Burning Spear - Foggy Road
When the the road is foggy. Play this clip. Burning band, Burning Spear. You want to be be in the band, you want the t-shirts they are wearing. You even want Spear's jacket. This is the word and the message.
12. Patti Labelle - Isn't It A Shame?
Well it is a shame it is all over. Final clip Patti Labelle showing not only her superior vocal ability, but also, her holy ghost, church level, Olympic floor routine. She is the only person I have seen with flawless vocals whilst rolling on the floor. LOL!