CON ALMA 25: AjiByrd

By 08 March, 2021

AjiByrd is the moniker of digger duo Mathias and Oli who, based in Montréal, have been sharing their extensive record collection on Canadian station CKUT 90.3 FM in recent years. Having compiled a vast collection of African, Latin American and Caribbean music while living and digging in Colombia, France and the U.S. over the past fifteen years, the duo now hold the keys to a special collection of coveted gems and unknown masterpieces. Dialoging with the diaspora culture native to Montréal, they work to build a web between disparate cultures, bringing sounds from far-flung corners into a vividly multi-cultural sound-space.

“We wanted to focus on mixing some relaxed but uplifting tracks essentially from Brazil, Perú, Cuba and Colombia while exploring traditional and modern pieces from past decades and contemporary downtempo stemming from traditional genres. Winter in Montréal is still going strong and this selection helps us feel the warmer seasons ahead.”


Fabio Fonseca feat Marina Limba – Ladroes de Bagda
Aricia Mess – Super Legal
Norberto Goldberg y Ray Grappone – Dragon Steps
Serginho Meriti (Lord Funk & Moar Edit) – Corcovado
Guilherme Coutinho – Ataláia
Gonzaguinha – Comeco da Festa
Djalma Ferreira e seus Milionários do ritmo – Recado
José Barrense Dias – Bate Bate
Tom Zé – Você inventa
Conjunto Papa Upa – Todo Parao Part 2
Kike Pinto (El Buho remix) – Mi Corazón
Orlando Cachaito Lopez – Tumbanga
Los Paranderos del Sinú – Rumores de cumbia
Los Shapis (Tribilin Sound) – Valle Sagrado
Dario Restrepo y su Conjunto Colombia Tropical – El Pescador de mi tierra
Ralfi Pagán – El hijo de mama

The Con Alma series is a mug of hot coffee served on Monday mornings, to start your week off right. An hour of musical soul food, downtempo undulations and freshly-squeezed groovers that’s good for the heart, mind and body. Although the series’ name is taken from Dizzy Gillespie’s Latin standard, don’t expect an hour of frenetic bebop – this is gentle introspection, warm sunrises, shower sing-a-longs… always with plenty of soul.

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