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A taxi for my uncle - Wasta Radio broadcasts 1–4

Billed as a noise sound system, A Taxi For My Uncle is a side project of Dubai-based artist Simon Coates that patrols the borders between sound art and music, and the Wasta radio broadcast series explores traditional sound system tropes applied to sound in its broadest terms.

Each broadcast is a curated selection of international sound that narrates trade routes and cultural exchanges – a continuous, speech-free mix punctuated by sound system meters: dub echoes, dancehall sirens, spin-backs and DJ interruptions but with pure noise/sound art intentions.

Working as a sonic travelogue, the Wasta broadcasts soundtrack notions of migration and global displacement. Scrolling through radio dials and eavesdropping on taxi cab conversations, the mixes document accumulated and acquired memories.

In terms of scope, the Wasta broadcasts embrace kwela, Sowetan jive bop, doo wop, mento, Ethiopian folk, one hit wonders, dream pop, Cali punk, back packer rap, music hall, dancehall, Monghul drinking songs, Welsh male voices, vintage Bollywood soundtracks, Kurdish wedding tunes, sound effects, Iraqi boating songs, Haitian voodoo drumming, Nyabinghi beats, dancehall sirens, dub workouts, back spins, poetry, 1960 US radio ads, found sounds, field recordings, sound art, calypso, Delta blues, New Orleans jazz, yodelling and more.

A Taxi For My Uncle has remixed the likes of UK noiseniks Terminal Cheesecake and Lebanese rockers Scrambled Eggs as well as contributing to experimental sound events worldwide.

Wasta Radio Broadcast #1


Jesse Mae Hemphill – Jesus Will Fix It For You

Shabazz Palaces – Swerve the Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Notwithstanding)

Reverend Cleatus – The Slip

Coachwhips – Letter 2 London

Vince Guaraldi Trio – Skating

Alto Bung’o Horn

Oktjabrina Vladimirovna & Svetlana Naumova – Untitled

Peanut Butter Wolf feat. Planet Asia – In Your Area

A Taxi For My Uncle – Wide Range of Features

Fisk University Jubilee Singers – Blow, Gabriel, Blow

Ananda Shankar – Dancing Drums

Nico Gomez and his African Percussion Inc – El Condor Pasa

Merle Travis – I Am A Pilgrim

The Ventures – Scrooge

Stanley Holloway – With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm

Andre Brasseur – Pow Pow

Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band Of Aba – Alabeke

Ti-Roro – Drum Solo II

Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (Desert Storm remix)

DJ Shadow – Let’s Get It (Bass, Bass, Bass)


Wasta Radio Broadcast #2

The Pipkins – Gimme Dat Ding

Amedee Breaux – Ma Blonde Est Partie

Link Wray – Switchblade

Cannons Jug Stompers – Walk Right In

Mostafa Yeganeh – Vabastat Shodam

Hun Tere – Sapno Ki

Koi Kaise Bachaye – Son of Sindbaad

Kaazim Zareb – al Akheera

Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy vs The Red Baron

The Instrumentals – Are You Nervous?

Who’s On First? (robot version)

Brise Napolitaine

Slim Whitman – When I’m Calling You

Harlan – Untitled

Cure Riddim (produced by Tommy Topp)

Ce’Cile – Rude Bwoy

Count Lasher – Talking Parrot

K.L. Saigal – Jack and Jill


Wasta Radio Broadcast #3

Ivor Cutler – The Wren

Leroy Anderson – The Typewriter (ATFMU version)

Pastor McPurvis – Little Monkey

Ernie Smith – Duppy Or A Gunman

Yedenou Adjahoui – Face A

N Knegnitsky – Forestalling the Morning

French Pronunciation (ATFMU Francois Truffaut Funk version)

Ink Spots – I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire

Harry Champion – I’m Henery The Eighth

Bezunesh Bekele – Unknown

Ali Shabo feat. Halo Dawe – Almaz Teferra

Pali Seth Pirith Part 1


Wasta Radio Broadcast #4

Tony March & Bill David’s Roomates – Show Down

Mescaline Sessions – Cifri

Qaidi – Kuch To Aisi Baat Kar Jalim

Kim and Buran – Birthday Party

Unknown – Incy Wincy Spider

Syrian Folk Song (trad.)

Stereo Akt – Before You Die

Joe Meek – Magnetic Field

Kazoo Funk Orchestra – The Jagables

The Kentucky Blowers – Rambling Blues

Wilmoth Houdin Bamboo Orchestra – Mama Call The Fire Brigade

Jalikebba Kuyateh and the Toubabs – Signolu

Kazim- Naseet (Yatzakkar dub)

Unknown – Keep Cool Babylon

Sound Dimension – Real Rock

Sizzla – Nu Touch Mi Sound

Unknown – Ba Ba Black Sheep

Christina Kubisch – Security

The Crystal Mansion – Boogie Man

Unknown – Meringue With Flute


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