“The Mansa Musa Affair” is the second album by experimental electronic composer/audiovisual artist Klaas von Karlos of ReVerse Bullets. The digital album is available now via GLITCH/Perfect Entropy Productions with a Vinyl release anticipated for Winter 2016-2017.
In this new collection of songs, KVK’s signatures of rattling sub bass, glitch syncopations, and science fiction ambience are joined by free jazz improvisation and Afro-Arab instrumentation. The effort was produced by Klaas von Karlos (Berlin) and Kevin Ramsay (guitarist in ReVerse Bullets). Brooklyn-born. Ramsay joined ReVerse Bullets officially in 2014 after collaborating as Engineer on the Klaas von Karlos side projects “Divan Rouge”(2014) and “OXI” (2015) featuring Ememe.
The album’s title refers to the Malian Emperor in the 14th Century who was valued as being the wealthiest individual in human civilization. The individual wealth of his family line and collective wealth of this empire pre-European invasion gave foundation to Timbuktu as a mecca of world civilization. Scholars from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia were all said to have studied at the world’s first university in Timbuktu. In one of his most famed expeditions, Mansa Musa travelled to the Cairo with so much gold and so many attendants, that he devalued the Egyptian Dinar for twelve years. With song titles referencing African mythological traditions – “Apis” and “Alkebu-lan,” and others referring to post-colonial modernity – “Konferenz” and “Re(M)cycle Deux” – the album is a direct response to negative media images of the Africans and Arabs. Through the evocation of Mansa Musa, the intention is to ignite curiosity about the accomplishments of the world’s hidden empires, past and present.
The album features guest contributions from New York City-based musicians Devoye Folkes, Asukaya Bailey, Jansen Bennett, Ras Moshe, Paul Geluso, Zach Lane, Stephan Litzsey, Jason Sohn, Dominick Chang, Ras Menelik, Fatari Kefentse, Jahziah Kefentse, Paul Geluso, and Murilo O’Reilly.
Key Tracks: “I Can Give (You Can Take),” “Lion Moon,” and “Fallen”
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Tomorrow on the Season Finale and Halloween Special, Episode #136, our craft will be:
Horror Door Hangers or “Zombie Alarms”
You will need:
Heavy duty yarn (we used 100% Mercerized Cotton)
4 small silver bells
1 large pumpkin bell
5 Halloween buttons or icons
1 small crochet hook (best sizes 6, 7, 8) You don’t have to be able to crochet to do this project. It’s just a tool to thread the items on.
Make these easy Horror Door Hangers to decorate your home, or alert you to zombie attack. Hung on your door knob, they will jingle whenever the door is opened or moved. Not only a great zombie protection item, this will brighten up an ordinarily boring item in your home – the door knob. If you collect your items, you can make these with us as you listen to the finale. We give set-by-step
1. Choose your icons.
Most of us have a bevy of Halloween or horror doodads lying around the house. If you don’t, they can be purchased at any craft store or dollar store at this time of year.
You also need 4 silver bells and a pumpkin bell to make this exact hanger. If you are on a budget, just use any bells you have around or purchase some cheap ones at the dollar store.
2. Cut your yarn.
Cut three 2-yard lengths of string and fold them in half. Generally a yard is from the tip of your nose to the end of your out-stretched arm. However, if you have dino arms like me, you might want to make it a little longer.
3. Attach your pumpkin bell.
After you attach one string, attach the other two in the same fashion. When complete, you should have 3 lengths of yarn “Bookmark” folded on your bell. This will leave you with 6 threads of yarn.
4. Braid your yarn and add bells.
Once your pumpkin is attached, braid about 1.5 inches and attach one of your silver bells on one of the threads. Then tie a big knot with all the threads to secure the bell in place. Repeat this step until you have 3 silver bells in place.
5. Braid and secure the door knob loop.
After the 3rd bell is in place, knot it to keep it in place, and then braid for another about 4 inches. You should now have a generous loop to loop over the door knob. Test on a nearby door if you are uncertain. Tie a knot at the base of the loop so that your bells hang down on one side, and 6 loose strings hang on the other.
6. Attach your icons, and last bell.
With the remaining 6 loose threads, attach each each of your buttons, icons, and the last bell using the crochet hook to pull the yarn through. Then tie a knot on each item to secure it. Stagger the lengths to add some interest.
7. Hang your hanger.
Now you are ready to show your Halloween style and protect yourself against zombies at the same time! For full instructions and an audio walk through, listen to the season finale, airing October 22nd, right here at HorrorAddicts.net.
For the finale, coming October 22nd, our entertainment guest is…Abie Ekenezar.
Abie Ekenezar sings, dances, models, cosplays, acts, and is an up and coming entertainer in the Pacific Northwest. Currently represented by Big Fish NW Talent, she has been in such things as Grimm, The Librarians, Z Nation, and coming in 2017, Twin Peaks. She’s been a stunt driver and is currently writing scripts for a new production. She is a frequent con panelist and Producer at Headcanon Productions.
Listen to #136, the finale for this season, and hear a great interview conducted by Emz in which Abie shares with us her experiences on set, how she came up in the acting and cosplay worlds and what she has planned for her bright future in entertainment.