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Peak position #94
All I Want To Be - Haji Mike & Dub Caravan
Peak in sub-genre #21
Too Much Wrong - Haji Mike & Dub Caravan
Peak position #52
The Mines of Africa - Haji Mike & Dub Caravan
Peak position #66
Eleftheria - Haji Mike & Dub Caravan
Peak position #28
Haji Mike's YouTube Channel
Dub poet, hybrid rebel MC from 1990 ...Also a Radio Producer...Outernational Radio show plays each week on 5 stations around the world more details here https://www.facebook.com/groups/outernationalradioshow/
Band/artist history
Started out at a DJ at Essex Univ spinning reggae and soul in the late 1970's with Daddy D, Nasty G, Skev and Jah Andy and weekly radio shows on URE - my first taste of a radio station. From there went into music when I moved back to London....Dabbled in bands but went solo as I disliked the ego clashes and pettiness...1990 first single, totally self financed, 500 white labels and my bank manager was shocked when I paid back the overdraft in 2 months. From there made more singles, grew in popularity and evenuntaully returned home to Cyprus, after 33 years in Blighty. Things took off for me in Cyprus in 1992/93..the rest, history... Released various 12 inch vinyl singles 1990-93 AsTa Narkotika, Mousiki, Stavroulla Vragaman & Chakaramak Toured UK 1990-94, including WOMAD, Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scotts and Brixton Academy. Featured artist on debut LP by Izit - The Whole Affair on tune Sugar & Spice released vai Tongue & Groove Records 1992. Appeared on BBC TV's Rhythmns of the World' featured on John Peel RiP) & Andy Kershaw + several live sessions for these mighty radio jocks. Released 3 solo CDLPs to date, Haji Mike on the Mike - KKM 1994, Aphrodite's Dream - HMP 1997 and 'The StoryMan' Olive Tree Music 2006. 1 Compilation released with Dirry Harri called 'Haji Mike meets Dirty Harri Vol 1' (Axion/Greece) Featured artist LP by Hmiskoubria 2030 (DefJam/Universal/Greece) on tune Hmiz & The Haji Founding member of Olive Tree Music, an independent community based music label funded by UN in Cyprus. 2003. Founding member of Poetz4Peace music and poetry group released CDLP, 2003 Executive producer Cyprus Thing Vol double CD Olive Tree Music, 2004 Published poetry in Anthologies by Apples & Snakes Poetry Collective (UK) and Vira Vira (UCFA - Cyprus) Summer 2004, tour as part of Poetz4Peace, west coast USA including The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. Negotiated publishing and distribution contracts on behalf of Olive Tree Music with IDC (Independent Distribution Collective), IODA (Independent Online Digital Alliance) and Corsair Media, Los Angeles, USA. Media Director, Cyprus Splash Concert, featuring Blue, Big Brovaz, & Javeen July 2005 Executive Producer CD single Music Is JoyÃÂÃâšÂÃâžÂ on behalf of Olive Tree Music with support from UNDP. Executive Producer CD single Safe Sex Just Do It on behalf of RUBSI with support from UNDP as part of World International AIDS Day. Completed 3rd solo LP The StoryMan released May 2006 produced by Stand Out Selector, Tony Matthew, CES-ONE and Haji Mike. Recorded in San Francisco, Athens, London and Nicosia. USA tour July 2006 with Karney, SOS & P4P Riddim Section Band. Summer 2007, collab tune with Aaron Kedar with Spill The Milk Productions. Track title 'Bablyon' video soon come 2008 - collabs SOS, THC, Muttz, Stephanie & SOnic Crime & Bandulu Dub, tour Portugal & Cyprus. Release of song Freedom on FNAC Compilation Portugal 2009 - featured on Standing Firm Compilation USA with tune Babylon. Track also released as 7 inch vinyl by THC Records Greece. Guest artist on Thalassa, a song remixed and produced by Sonic Crime on the CD Apousia by the acclaimed Cyprus singer, Lia Vissy. 2009 - Bless recorded and produced by Manwel T & DoobieSounds released as a free download via www.dubkey.com 2009-present commenced recording project with Dub Caravan to be released summer 2010 Also Phd in Cultural Studies from CCCS Birmingham (RiP) and teach at The University of Nicosia, as an assistant professor in Communications. Have freelanced as a writer and radio broadcaster for a couple of decades, with work for Straight No Chaser, Hip Hop Connection, Reggae Report USA, Radio Broto, Radio Napa, CyBC 2. Don't do radio right now, turned my selections to Podcasting which I find a lot more liberating - no playlists and people in managerial positions who know nothing about music. I also find time to write a weekly column in The Cyprus Mail called 'from the sublime to the ridiculous' every Saturday check http://www.cyprus-mail.com for more details. Finally love my vinyl, nothing like the sounds of wax!
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Yes, Cyprus, UK, USA, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Greece..There's nothing like live work...special moments SNWMF as part of Poetz4Peace, Brixton Academy for the ANC in the early 1990's...Live work now with Dub Caravan, we are about to embark on a tour to promote our new CD Virtual Oasis
Your musical influences
Not so much influences but people I feel and am related to musically...Zaharias 'Sugar' Hajishcalli (RiP), U-Roy, Big Youth,Gil Scott Heron, Roots Manuva, KRS1, Lemn Sissay, Papa Levi, Asher Senator, Santana,Josie Wales, roots reggae, classic dancehall, Shinehead, Fela, Don V Louie, Hmiz, rebetika, Jimmys Panousis, Michael Franti, Sister Carol...and brethrens Zeki Ali, SOS, Mike Minas, Sugar - RiP, Rocker T, Chris Louvieris, Sofoz, Roots Crew Cyprus, CES ONE, Mike Cherry and Cutmaster G - my son ...and John Peel - RiP - you live forever with vinyls!
What equipment do you use?
MAC, Pro Tools, a mic and some lyrics
Anything else?
Big up every one - enjoy music - its never been about the bling - its about life beyond life - and passing on some righteousness for the next generations...respect others as they show respect unto you...do good and good will always happen...positive vibes everytime
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