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There are three okapis:

Okapi #1 is Filippo Paolini, an Italian turntablist
and sample cutup artist.

Okapi #2 are a young Israeli Funk band, only recently formed.
The band have record one song, Funkylulu, Which will be broadcasted on the radio soon.

Filippo (#1) has recorded as
one half of the duo Metaxu (with Maurizio
Martusciello) and also the trio Dogon, and he’s
performed on RAI (Italian state radio) and
collaborated with noted avant-turntablist

Christian Marclay. “Where’s the Beef?” marks the
first solo album from Okapi.

Filippo uses his turntables and computer to create
music completely outside of the hip-hop school of
chopped up music. Instead he has created an album
that veers from orchestral to lounge to quirky
experimental music, while maintaining a delicate
and spacious sound throughout. His skill at sample
manipulation is really quite amazing. Matt Haines,
aka The Rip Off Artist and the owner of the label,
has asked repeatedly “how does he do that?!” (And
Matt’s no slouch behind the sampler controls!) In
fact, before the label would sign Filippo they
asked for proof that he wasn’t just lifting entire
sections of music from other sources. When he sent

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Bah!

from the album Bah!

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