Friday, August 11, 2006


Juno Reactor - Behind the Beat

I'm very excited to day to be able to present this interview with Ben Watkins from Juno Reactor. I heard this morning from Ben that it is cool, and so have been rushing to get it edited and uploaded.

We are currently working with Ben's Japanese promoter to get all the flights and travel details arranged for Amampondo and Mabi Thobejane tour in October this year.

What is really great about this clip - and that which got me so excited - is that Ben explains the mind-set behind some of his work, the way he has made use of African spiritualism to create, what is still, ground-breaking music mixing Electronica and traditional African instruments and vocals.

He explains how even in the recording of his tracks, his special guests would arrive in full Shamanic dress so as to be able to connect with the spirits, and one example of how the hair stood up on the back of his neck when Busi Mhlongo and Madala Kunene were in the studio singing to eachother, and drawing on the power of their ancestors...

So this is the story Behind the Beat, a slightly larger video than I normally upload, as create by The Sleep Lab Kid... thanks Ben!

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Hey there,

Glad you liked it! I have smaller versions of the file if you want/need them!

Mike Stanton / The Sleep Lab Kid
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