House Rules

House Rules ft Mr. Bor

Mr. Bor jumpstarts February with an r&b mix for house rules

House Rules ft Mr. Bor is perfect for all the love in the air this month. If you love R&B and cool soul vibes, then Kenyan DJ and producer, Mr Bor has cooked up just the right vibes on this mix -Perfect background music for those 1.00 AM nights, backseat conversations and just chills.

Enjoy Mr Bor’s mix below as you get an indent look at the Nairobi

Where are you right now? Describe your surrounds. What do you see? What do you hear? What can you smell?

I’m at a friend’s place, roasting coffee beans and watching a tutorial on brewing a dark Belgian ale.

 

What do you imagine people doing as they listen to this mix?

3am, a spliff and night drive through the empty streets of Nairobi.

 

If this mix were a cocktail, what would it be made of?

This would definitely be a coconut champagne punch that combines fresh peaches and strawberries, coconut water and some champagne for a chill Sunday afternoon.

 

What is your first DJ memory? Where did you first DJ? Tell us your experience.

This is one of those mad stories that I am thankful for. Had this deep urge to DJ, so I used to watch DJs do their thing for years. Since I was a sound engineer and music producer, I feel my mind already had a cheat sheet for this.

So, in 2015 I got a gig without having ever done anything as a dj, run to a music store bought a dj controller at 2pm. Got home fumbled around and understood how to cue and drop the track. 8pm at Creative’s Garage for a Word’s Loudest Library gig, I played my first ever set.

Wasn’t the best, kept on forgetting to cue the tracks so every DJ knows how this can go, but all in all a beautiful experience.

 

 You get to go back in time and be a DJ for one 90s – early 2000s musician, who would it be?

Digable Planet. Why? Blowout Comb

 

 Describe your life with three songs

Jay Z – Can’t knock the hustle feat. Mary J Blige

Fela Kuti – Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense

John Coltrane – Blue Train

 

Name 2 musicians people should look out for (In Africa)

 Steph Kapela

Blinky Bill, catch him live at the Cape Town Jazz Festival in March

 

You meet 3 African Writers and they want to have a party. Who are they, what’s your favourite book by them and what are you playing them first?

Can I answer this next time I do a mix?

 

Describe the colour black.

So much power, they are still afraid. You know who.

 

Name 3 things every DJ needs (Physical or otherwise)

A genuine love for music

Good Headphones

Peace of mind. Very few understand how much power this has on a DJ’s work

 

Track List

1.     Kanye West – Devil in a New Dress feat. Rick Ross

2.     Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (Rhythm Ndovu Remix)

3.     Erykah Badu – On & On (KA-YU Remix)

4.     IAMNOBODI – Imani

5.     Anderson Paak – Without You (feat. Rapsody)

6.     Zapp and Roger – Computer Love

7.     Sade – The Sweetest Taboo (Tall Black Guy Blap-Up)

8.     Jay Z – Dead Presidents II

9.     Fela Kuti & De La Soul – Stakes is High (Instrumental)

10.  Fela Kuti & De La Soul – Trouble in The Water (Instrumental)

11.  Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker the Berry

12.  Miguel – Come Through and Chill

13.  Mos Def -Miss Fat Booty (Qwanah’s Cake Remix)

14.  Woody Green -Telascope feat. IAMDDB

15.  Erykah Badu – Love of My Life (Kaytranada Remix)

16.  Ramaj Eroc – I Love You More ft NoName

Benewaah is the lead curator and editor at Harmattan Rain. Her love for music is closely rivaled by her love for plantain.

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