Afro Beets

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Afro Beets is the hottest new musical genre on the planet.

 

Just kidding, Afro Beets is not a genre. And neither is Afro Beats, the rather silly name coined by some UK radio dj to hype his show that seems to have stuck. What we really have here is Electronic Pop and Dance music from West Africa, specifically Hiplife and modern Highlife from Ghana, and Naija Jams from Nigeria (with a touch of Coupe Decale from the Ivory Coast and South African House for good measure).

The term “Afro Beats” has the most tenuous of links to its reference – Ice Prince has not much to do, musically, thematically, anything-cally, with Fela Kuti. About the only link between “Afro Beats” and the Afro-Funk/Soul/Rock of the 1970s, what is known as Afro Beat, is the same place of origin. While the differences are many: 70s Afro Beat was of course Funk and Blues based, while these new styles use beats related to Afro-House and Reggaeton, bass-lines from Highlife and Rumba, vocals a mix of local styles and Jamaican Dancehall and American R’n’B/Rap, with healthy doses of techno-rave energy. While 1970s Afrobeat often spread conscious political messages which passionately spoke of social realities and the struggle against oppression, these new forms of pop music deliver an entirely hedonistic message which passionately speak about glamour, escape, sex, and money.

Purist of both the musical and political variety, please let go of your seriousness and get with the serious boogie. To the “Drum Machines Have No Soul” type i say don’t forget that the 70s musicians you worship all embraced the latest technologies and sounds of their day. To people who take issue with the materialism this music espouses, from a dj thoroughly dedicated to anti-capitalism: dance music, with its anarchic celebration of pleasure and wanton disregard for the law, is always in essence, if not on the surface, anti-authoritarian; and partying, even in these bleak times, can still be an insurrectionary activity, disruptive of hum-drum consumerist routine.

But whatever. Love it or leave it. And whatever we call it, if it even is an “it”, the sweet grooves and irresistible hooks of this action packed music is not only the perfect summer party soundtrack, but simply the most uninhibited fun your money can buy, anywhere.

Though of course this download is free :)

P.S. Track 21, called Azonto Decale, is by the Focus Allstars, a pan-African musical force which grew out of the Focus Organization. If you are in London they do proper events (next one tomorrow Friday 21 of June): ymlp.com/ziZL7k

01 Artquake – Alanta Instrumental Intro
02 P-Square – Trowey!
03 J Martins ft. Fally Ipupa – Jupa Global Remix
04 Nhyiraba Kojo ft. Sammy – Baba God
05 Ghana Blast – Odwa (Raggao)
06 Obour ft. Morris She & Batman – Konkonti Baa
07 Unknown – Unknown
08 FBS ft. Tinny – Oldman Boogey Remix
09 Bradez & Ephraim – Ego Bee
10 X-Pensive Nframa – Aunty Adoley
11 Baby Jet – African Woman
12 Side 1 – One By One
13 Ruff n Smooth ft. S.K. Blinks – Azingele
14 Bigiano – Eyin’ Temi
15 Ephraim – Follow Follow
16 Stay J – Shashee Wowo (Kaxtro Remix)
17 D’banj – Oliver Twist
18 D’banj – Oliver Twist (Uhuru Remix)
19 Edem – Over Again
20 Joey B, Gary, and E.L. – Ice Cream Girl
21 Focus Allstars – Azonto Decale
22 P-Square – Danger
23 AQ – Wahala Dey
24 Sarkodie ft. E.L. – U Go Kill Me
25 Obumpa Rek, Austine B. Agaspa – U Go Kill Me Version
26 Olamide – First of All
27 Dr. Slim ft. Double – Seke (prod. by Eyoh Soundboy)
28 E.L. – Obuu Mo
29 Blaka – Tozo
30 E.L. ft. Appietus & Geelex – Bend Ya Body
31 Guru ft. Edja – Lapas Toyota
32 Guantoa – Asore Party
33 Double – Walai Talai
34 Unknown – K
35 Double 5.5 – Uhm Ahh
36 Dee Moneey – Kpokpo O Body
37 T.I.V. – Beremole
38 Lil Shaker – Pressure Sorrr
39 Kojo Antwi – Osebo

sorry for lateness:  dropping beats for Ghanaian superstars Kwaw Kese, Bradez, and Appietus tonight at Worldtronics.  first time ever Hiplife concert/party in Berlin?  in Europe???

addendum:  biggest regret of 2011 was not taking any photos with Appietus, Bradez, and Kwaw Kese while hanging out back stage.  but we do have concert video, just need to find time to edit…

RADIO NGOMA 1-8

the first 8 volumes in this Reboot.fm radio series.  for tracklisting please go to the soundcloud pages for each show.  to download of course simply click the downward aarow on the right side of the player for each show.

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RADIO NGOMA 1 – Live from Krakow

RADIO NGOMA 2 - Mid Tempo Trip Around the World

RADIO NGOMA 3 - Moody Booty

RADIO NGOMA 4 - Righteousness and Rudeness (Reggae Special)

RADIO NGOMA 5 - Ancestral Rhythms

RADIO NGOMA 6 - Afro Futurism

RADIO NGOMA 7 - Global Dub Resistance

RADIO NGOMA 8 - Trans-Atlantic Rhythm Passage


Chop Chop Akwaaba Supermix!

The super awesome and diverse Akwaaba asked me to do a mix to represent the first 2 years of their existence, and it was a challenge. The releases cover a wide range of both classic and modern sounds — how was i going to move from Malian roots to African Salsa to Kwaito, Hiplife, Afro-pop, Jazz, Funk, House and Kuduro? This is what i came up with. enjoy!

01 Baro – Ahmed Fofana
(from AKW001 VA – Akwaaba Wo Africa)
02 Alou Sangare Buranke – Kana Mine Mogo Kan Man
(from AKW006 Alou Sangare Buranke)
03 Mamou Sidibe – Noumou
(from AKW004 Mamou Sidibe – Djougouya)
04 Just a Band – Tingiza Kichwa
(from AKW015 Just a Band – 82)
05 Skeat – Basimanyana mamela Meroapa
(from AKW018 Skeat – Basimanyana Mamela Meroapa)
06 Iba Diabate – Sow
(from AKW013 Iba Diabate – Mouna)
07 Appietus – Ma Alomo (featuring KK Fosu & Reggie Zippy)
(from AKW020 Appietus – The Revolution)
08 Killamu – Vai Con Calma
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face)
09 Killamu – Não aceito, não
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face
10 Michel Pinheiro – Femme
(from AKW007 Michel Pinheiro – Agoh)
11 Bradez – One gallon
(from AKW001 Akwaaba Wo Africa
12 Quabena Philip – Wadaade Me
(from AKW002 VA – Move It Chaleh!)
13 Appietus the Revolution – Essabel (featuring Old Sodja & Mike)
(from AKW020 Appietus – The Revolution)
14 Ruff n Smooth – Swagger (feat. Stay Jay)
(from AKW023 Ruff’n’Smooth – Life Is Rough and Smooth)
15 Iba Diabate – Iba Nana
(from AKW013 Iba Diabate – Mouna)
16 Jali Bakary – Combination
(from AKW016 Jali Bakary Konteh Konteh Kunda)
17 Rabbi – Wedding
(from AKW002 VA – Move It Chaleh!)
18 Skeat – Dumelang
(from AKW018 Skeat – Basimanyana Mamela Meroapa)
19 DJ Djeff feat Maskarado – Elegom Bounsa
(from AKW024 DJ Djeff feat Maskarado – Elegom Bounsa)
20 Ruff n Smooth – Azingele feat. S.K. Blinks
(from AKW023 Ruff’n’Smooth – Life Is Rough and Smooth)
21 Killamu – Melodia De Semba
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face)
22 Killamu – Flaminguinho
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face)
23 Killamu – Yuya
(from AKW014 Killamu – A Minha Face)24 Killamu – Tchilu
25 Noite e Dia – Tiramakossa
(from AKW010 VA – Akwaaba Sem Transporte)
26 Just a Band – Kaa Ridho
(from AKW015 Just a Band – 82)
27 Jali Bakary – Kelefa
(from AKW016 Jali Bakary Konteh Konteh Kunda)

NGOMA MIX 4

Continuing from NGOMA 1, this is an excursion into 100 BPM global urban bass music.

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Heavy on both classic and modern Kwaito: Arthur Mafokate’s 1993 track Oyi Oyi,  TKZEE with their Kwaito offshoot style known as Guz, and the immense talent that was Mawillies (RIP), whose effortlessly powerful voice graces the track GaGu.

Also tunes from other parts of Africa: the AshThomas project and Marvelous Benji from Nigeria, DJ Rams from in Angola, and Emmanuel Jal, the Sudanese singer with the crazy personal history.

Always great to find one great Bhangra tune on too many an album of otherwise generic numbers and a little taste of classic cumbia gold. A few all time Dancehall bangers and reggaeton, oh how i wish they still made them like El General did in Panama back in the early 90s. (all of these sounds need their own NGOMA volume, yes i do realize.  thanks :)

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01 [Ghana/UK] Professor Stretch & African Headcharge – Brother of Reality
02 [SA] Tone Deaf Junkies – Fred is Dead
03 [Nigeria] AshThomas – Music in My System (MIMS)
04 [SA] Mapaputsi – Kufa
05 [Ghana] Bradaz – Hiplife Review
06 [SA] Suspects – Wash’uMkhuKhu
07 [SA] Brikz – Swimming Pool
08 [SA] Mapaputsi – Kas Lam Dub
09 [SA] Mawillies – GaGu
10 [SA] Arthur Mafokate – Oyi, Oyi
11 [SA] Busi Mhlongo  -  Yehlisan’Umoya Ma-Africa (Soul II Black Remix)
12 [SA] Bongomaffin – Way You Live
13 [SA] Zola – Ndodandoda Dub
14 [SA] Unknown – Unknown
15 [SA] TKZEE – Guz
16 [Angola] DJ Rams – Fire Nigth Tarracho
17 [India] Sangeeta – Multani
18 [US/Angola] Fat Joe – Lean Back (DJ Rams & DJ X Remix)
19 [Norway] Easy and the Center of Universe – Hamada
20 [Egypt/US] Psychobabble Dub Interlude
21 [US] Badawi – Jihad
22 [Syria] Omar Souleyman – La Sidounak Syyada
23 [UK] Subway — 44110
24 [Angola] Helder Rei – Instrumental
25 [NL/US] SDP vs DJ Lengua – Mi Camino
26 [Colombia] Chambacu – No Quiero Envejecer
27 [Nigeria] Marvelous Benji – Swo
28 [Panama] El General – Digame Cual
29 [Sudan] Emmanuel Jal & Abdel Gadir Salim – Elengwen (afroArabia)
30 [Jamaica] Cecile – Hot Like We
31 [Jamaica] Vybs Cartel – Mi Fi A Dweet
32 [SA] Middle Finga, Cozi G, Oracle Flow & Ben Sharpa – Move Over
33 [Jamaica/UK] Sarantis & Warrior Queen – Retaliate
34 [SA] Zola – Lord of Sound
35 [SA] Kalahari Surfers – Gangsta

NGOMA mix 1

The positive side of globalization: irresistable 21st century urban music arise on every continent. India, Cuba, Tanzania, Egypt, Cape Town, these are just a few places where wild hybrid styles are born: futuristic, bass heavy and electronic, yet drawing from the wealth of local musical heritage. the NGOMA series bring the heat from musical hotspots across the known world — the wickedest beats and sweetest flows.

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