Tagged: Africa


GEN F: Tartit

“We’re very proud to come ‘from the outside.’” July 31, 2013: Mali’s Festival au Désert is an annual concert, held near Timbuktu since 2001. After a nationalist uprising in Mali in 2012, the festival was … read more »

POSTED July 31, 2013 5:40PM IN GEN F TAGS: , ,

Footnotes: Akwaaba

Footnotes is the section in our magazine where we take a deeper look at the music surrounding our feature artists. With Benjamin Lebrave’s label, Akwaaba, and his column for TheFADER.com, we don’t have to imagine … read more »

POSTED October 5, 2012 11:30AM IN NWSPRINT TAGS: , , , , , ,

Personal History: Benjamin Lebrave

For the past four years, Benjamin Lebrave has run Akwaaba, a digital record label that releases a huge amount of diverse African music from across the continent. He started the label in San Francisco, but, … read more »

POSTED October 4, 2012 10:16AM IN NWSPRINT TAGS: , , , , ,

Lungu Lungu: Efya’s Got Soul

In Ghana, to make money, artists need to perform. To perform, artists need a hit. To make a hit, artists need… money, but not necessarily talent. Explaining this last sentence could turn into an essay, … read more »

POSTED October 5, 2011 2:15PM IN Lungu Lungu, MP3 / STREAMS TAGS: , , ,

Stream Tracks from Damon Albarn’s New Album

It only took five days for Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn and the sundry crew of miscellaneous super-producers he assembled—Actress, Dan The Automator, Marc Antoine, Jnerio Jarel and Richard Russell among them—to complete Kinshasa One Two. … read more »

POSTED August 31, 2011 3:30PM IN MP3 / STREAMS, MUSIC NEWS Comments (1) TAGS: , ,

Ghetto Palms 133: Akwaaba / AfroGospel / Jahdan x SoShifty

Where to start with this one? The vertebrae that make up the spinal column of this blend are a couple of 21st century African gospel/spiritual tracks that will probably need a little contextualization for most … read more »

POSTED March 10, 2011 4:40PM IN GHETTO PALMS TAGS: , , , ,

Janka Nabay’s Sabanoh Tape MP3 + Help the Bubu Man

Janka Nabay might be more of a myth than a man. In his homeland of Sierra Leone, there aren’t many who would challenge his self-proclaimed status as “King of Bubu“, he being single-handedly responsible for … read more »

POSTED March 8, 2011 5:30PM IN MP3 / STREAMS, MUSIC NEWS Comments (1) TAGS: , ,

Perfect Loosers Present Akwaaba Remixed MP3

Benjamin Lebrave, founder of the Ghanian label, Akwaaba, teamed up with Paris-based Perfect Loosers to remix some of Akwaaba’s original musicians like Ahmed Fofana, Baba Salah, and Onyenze. It was a true meeting the minds … read more »

POSTED February 23, 2011 6:29PM IN MP3 / STREAMS Comments (1) TAGS: , ,

Stream: Akwaaba’s Chop Our Music + ChopChop Supermix MP3

In the last couple of years Benjamin Lebrave of Akwaaba has been living in Africa meeting musicians and cutting deals to get them some dollars, release their music and make it more accessible internationally; in … read more »

POSTED January 19, 2011 4:00PM IN MP3 / STREAMS, MUSIC NEWS Comments (1) TAGS: , ,

Video: The Very Best f. Mo Laudi, “Angonde (Johan Hugo RMX)”

We randomly met Mo Laudi this weekend at our issue release party (starring his friend Spoek Mathambo), but he apparently forgot to tell us that he’s the new MC in The Very Best. Then he … read more »

POSTED September 13, 2010 12:00PM IN MUSIC VIDEO TAGS: , , , , , ,