In September of last year, Hurricane Maria left scenes of destruction and devastation across the Caribbean island of Dominica. Much of the natural landscape was destroyed and those who called the island home were left in a humanitarian crisis.
In the aftermath of the disaster, people around the world gathered donations for the victims while others offered their services on the ground. Peckham-based label Rhythm Section are today sharing their contribution to help those affected; a 28 track compilation from family and friends. This is a cause very close to the heart of the label as half of their team, Bradley and Mali, are of Dominican descent and have family members who have been affected by the disaster. With music their means of expression, all proceeds from the compilation will go to two organisations supplying aid to the island’s inhabitants, Colihaut In Focus and Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund.
The musical offerings come from across the board. From the tropical percussion of Glowing Palms to the playful melodies of Jad & The, each track is a salute to the beautiful island and the images it conjures up. Our pick is opening track ‘Box Jiggy’ from Dawit & Dolo aka Dawit Eklund and Beautiful Swimmer’s Max D. Marking the second release from the duo, it’s a down tempo breakbeat affair with soothing synth notes that echo and ricochet off the warm sub-bass below.
Compilation for Dominica comes out today – order via Rhythm Section’s bandcamp.