Los Angeles DJ/Producer Jose Marquez’s sound is a result of being brought up around Afro-Latin, Caribbean and other World Music at a young age. Always intrigued by electronic sounds as well, Jose's mission has been to fuse his love of global rhythms with the dance floor. Ankabé delivers just that!
The overall message of the song is about peace, ‘Ankabé’ means Unity in Sidy's native language of Bambara from Mali, West Africa. Sidy says “The song is saying…let’s all work together and bring the best in the world”.
Ankabé starts off minimally and slowly builds, creating anticipation as the drums start to get louder whilst Sidy’s deep vocal intensifies to an inevitable climax that is sure to ignite any dance floor.
Jose says “Sidy's vocal and drums are the perfect fit. You don't need to know the Bambara language to understand what the song is saying, you can feel it in the rhythm....let the drums speak to you.”
Jose burst onto the scene in 2010 with memorable remixes & edits of artists such as Celia Cruz, Nina Simone, Oumou Sangare and many others. In less than two years’ time, Jose was blessed with the opportunity to introduce his sound to the world by remixing for renowned House music labels such as Tribe Records, Djoon Experience, Vega Records, Yoruba Records, Wonderwheel Recording and most recently, the iconic NYC label responsible for the explosion of Latin music in the 70's, Fania Records!
Published: 22nd November 2018