Rebel Radio '98
December 8, 2012 2:52 PM   Subscribe

In April 1998, Ninja Tune duo Up Bustle & Out traveled from Bristol to Havana. They were greeted by legendary flautist Richard Egües, who would be their guide to meeting and recording a number of Cuban musicians over the next two months. The result was the two-volume Rebel Radio: The Master Sessions, an adventurous meeting point between 'the smokeyness of Bristol and the coolness of Havana'. UB&O's Rupert Mould kept a journal which he would later publish as The Rebel Radio Diaries.
posted by mannequito (7 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks for posting this. It's always neat to come across unexplored corners of Ninja Tune. Love this stuff.
posted by carter at 6:49 PM on December 8, 2012

I'm pretty sure I prefer the coolness of Havana...
posted by jim in austin at 7:02 PM on December 8, 2012

The UB&O site radio thing is pretty interesting too...
posted by sneebler at 7:06 PM on December 8, 2012

I have a vinyl single from this. Lots of variations of "Hip Hop Barrio" - all really great stuff.
posted by GameDesignerBen at 7:18 PM on December 8, 2012

This came out at the peak of my vinyl buying, new UK music obsessiveness...thanks for the reminder. enjoying here on a sunday.
posted by lslelel at 7:30 AM on December 9, 2012

I met Richard Egues when I visited Cuba in 2004 as I had a present to give him from one of his students in the UK. He came across as a nice guy, but he was upset about having cataracts as he couldn't see his music charts. It was only years later that I realised that he was involved in the Rebel Radio album which I had bought when it came out. I wasn't sure what to do with it as it is such a mix of styles and then there are the field recordings between the tracks. This year I used a lot of the field recordings in a mix I did for Mefiswap, so I listened to the album again with fresh ears.
posted by asok at 1:28 PM on December 9, 2012

(should probably note that asok's 'mix' link starts an automatic download of the mefiswap mix - but I'm listening now and it's great, about 175mb in a .zip file)
posted by mannequito at 4:08 AM on December 12, 2012

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