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Review: Drug Lords – The Rise and Fall of the Cali Cartel – by Ron Chepesiuk

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If the Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel can be regarded as the Henry Fords of the Drugs business then the Cali cartel with its corporate business acumen can certainly be regarded as the McDonalds. This well-written, detailed biography tracks the rise and fall of the most successful drug cartel in history. Closely focusing on the cartel leaders: Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, Chepe Santacruz and Pacho Herrera – we see how a criminal enterprise can spread its tentacles across the globe. Gilberto the Chessplayer manipulates the board, Miguel’s micromanagement combined with Chepe’s ultraviolence and Pacho’s style, turn this bunch of bandits from the southern Colombian city of Cali into a most feared and efficient drug exporting organisation. There are links to the Italian Mafia and other international gangs such as the Yakuza. Cali were always one step ahead of the law and the DEA had to face unremitting work in order to bring this cartel down over several decades of watching them dominate the markets. They had control of the lucrative New York City cocaine trade from way back in the 1970s and went on to control 70-80% of Colombian cocaine exports. There was war with the Medellin cartel but an uneasy truce with the Colombian government with a web of corruption extending right to the top with Ernesto Samper’s Presidential campaign allegedly being infiltrated by large inputs of Cal narco-dollars. The story could be that of any large multinational corporation – the Cali Godfathers were experts at laundering their money in conventional businesses. The tale is ultimately a massive success for law enforcement but the amazing true narrative will shock readers and leave you in awe of what can be deemed as the ultimate organisation in the world of narco-trafficking. A five star read.

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Tribute To The Loft

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Wez G – Tribute To The Loft by Wez G on Mixcloud The Loft was the location for the first underground dance party (called “Love Saves The Day”) organised by David Mancuso on feb 14th 1970 in New York City. It’s a legendary club where the roots of dance music took hold. This rare Wez G tribute DJ mix explores the Loft’s music and delivers disco beats interspersed with dub, reggae and early house. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Chuck Mangione – Land Of Make Believe [Mercury] 2. Eddy Grant – Living On The Front Line [Epic] 3. The Trammps – That’s Where The Happy People Go [Atlantic] 4. 280 West – Love’s Masquerade (12” Edit) [Kaleidiascope Records] 5. Luna Project – I Wanna Be Free (The Higher Mix) [Black Label] 6. Man Friday – Love Honey Love Heartache [Vinylmania] 7. Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa [Fiesta Records] 8. MFSB – Love Is The Message [Philadelphia International Records] 9. O’Jays – Love Train [CBS] 10. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals – Chapter Three [Crazy Joe Records] 11. Johnny Hammond – Los Conquistadores Chocolates [Milestone Records] 12. Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space [Elite] 13. Stevie Wonder – All I Do (Is Think About You) [Motown] 14. Blackbirds – Walking In Rhythm [Master Dance Classics] 15. James Brown – Give It Up, or Turn It Loose [S12] 16. Whispers – And The Beat Goes On [Solar] 17. Ten City – Devotion (Bam Bam’s House Mix) [Atlantic] 18. The Winners – Get Ready For The Future [Ariola] 19. Risco Connections – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (Version) [Black Rose Music] 20. Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots [Warner Bros. Records] 21. Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This [Kudu]

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Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 5 – 30.11.14

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  The Shuffle Show with Wez G – WEEK 5 – 30.11.14 – XPress Radio This week’s Shuffle Show on XPress Radio hosts guest DJ, from the Woodville, Cathays, James Alexander aka Apollo Chief. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. GL – Won’t You See (Gerd Janson Dub Mix) [Plastic World] 2. Kasper Bjorke – Rush feat. Tobias Buch (Pink Skull Remix) [Hafendisko] 3. Soul Clap – Misty feat. Robert Owens (Louie Vega Roots NYC Mix) [Soul Clap Records] 4. James Alexander, Apollo Chief – XPress Radio Interview – PART 1 5. Mr. Tophat, Art Alfie – Marlboro Light (GW Remix) [Karlovak] 6. Westbam, Nena – Oldschool Baby (Piano Mix) [KNM] 7. James Alexander, Apollo Chief – XPress Radio Interview – PART 2 8. James Alexander, Apollo Chief – SHUFFLE XPRESS MINIMIX 9. So Inagawa – De Facto [O.P. Disc] 10. Radio Diffusion – BHVL (MOSTA Remix) [Compost Records] 11. Celcius – Incoming (Original Mix) [MadTech] 12. Unit 7 – Down (Original Mix) [WRHS Music] 13. Celcius – Devotion (Original Mix) [Madtech] 14. Freakme – Soultice (Original Mix) [Electronique Nu] 15. LouLou Players & Kolombo – Don’t Go Away (Zombie Disco Squad Remix) [SUARA] 16. Claude VonStroke – Who’s Afraid of Detroit (Original Mix) [Dirtybird] The Shuffle Show is broadcast every Saturday Night / Sunday Morning from Midnight to 1am on Xpress Radio, Cardiff University’s award-winning student radio station http://xpressradio.co.uk MORE JAMES ALEXANDER, APOLLO CHIEF: https://soundcloud.com/jacquesuk Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 5 – 30.11.14 – James Alexander, Apollo Chief by Wez G on Mixcloud SHUFFLE SHOW ARCHIVE

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