Friday, 30 October 2009




Official DMC T-shirts range, sizes S,M,L,XL
Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), or simply Fela
various sizes
Keeping the vinyl alive!!!

Thursday, 29 October 2009


1st release on the Breakers Yard/Wyld Pytch label.This infectious tune is causing a stir on the shores (currently being played on Rinse fm, Choice, BBC 1xtra)Aimed at the ladies hence the title.3 mixes featuring the vocal talents of N'FA & ALAYE.although the mixes range from a big beat sound to house/uk funky.each has that carribean/african/carnival feel injected into it, largely due to the sample taken form the undisputed King of Highlife "Chief Osita Osadebe"

Straight up dancefloor get down on it music.



Many rains ago, in the early summer of 1965, something had happened on the West Coast of Africa that had never happened before. It's frenzy, like the persistent rhythm, loud and clear, of African Festival Drums, seized all negro souls North, East, South and West Africa. It rode on the wings of the dry Sahara wind and the African route Airlines into Europe. Flashy mohogany-skinned Air hostesses stepped into exotic night clubs of Europe with a song on their lips and this entrancing dance step to go with it. Enchanted, every white boy and girl asked with a glint in their eyes, "What is this new song that you sing, and this new dance that you dance?" From London to Lusaka, across Europe, East and West, the inquirers always got the same answers: "...the song is JOROMI and the dance we do is Akwete!" Modern highlife.....the Creator is Sir Victor Uwaifo.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

What is Ekassa you may ask?

What is Ekassa you may ask?
“Ekassa is an indigenous dance of Benin”.
A royal dance performed during the coronation of a new king.
Ekassa incorporates the beat of the tom-tom and agba drums, Western wind instruments, two guitars and songs performed in the Edo language.
Sir Victor Uwaifo rode the style for four or five years, releasing four Ekassa albums between 1971 and 1975.
As might be expected, Uwaifo's appropriation of ancient, and in some cases, sacred songs for the purposes of contemporary dancehall debauchery did not always go down well with the self-appointed guardians of the legacy of the great Benin Empire but, Uwaifo viewed his work as that of a high-tech curator.
Still, in characteristic cocky form he said “I am a rare species, and it’s very unlikely that anyone will ever succeed me. If that happens, then I do not rate a genius”.
Sir Victor Uwaifo’s “Ekassa” is finally available digitally.
For enquires , licensing and additional information please contact

Welcome To Wyld Pytch Records

Record stores can be an intimidating place for a girl, especially one that has never successfully put on a record without dropping the needle or getting sweaty fingerprints all over everything. I am a music lover but grew up slightly too late in the last century to cultivate a record collection and am unfortunately a child of the comparatively uncool and prehistoric CD generation. Nevertheless, as a Hip Hop fan, vinyl and record stores hold a fascination and I often try to sneak in to them without being detected, sniffed out and mortified like the bumbling nerd in High Fidelity.

However, I don't have to worry about this at Wyld Pytch because last time I went there I was actually invited inside. I was standing outside for a stalkerishly long time debating whether the Fela Kuti t-shirt in the window would fit me or not, when, out of nowhere, owner Digger Elias (yeah that's right) turned up behind me and said "like my shop? Come in!" So I did.

They specialise in R&B, Funk, soul and of course Hip Hop, the staff are all DJs and there is a friendly atmosphere of camaraderie and shared love of music rather than the pretentious posturing often witnessed in record shops as the workers argue out the pros and cons of the most recent remix of a remixed remix. They also sell (a few) CDs and do a worldwide mail order service, however the best thing to me about the shop is the t-shirt collection, some of the best adorned with the faces of greats like Gil Scott Heron, Fela Kuti and Richard Pryor.