Tagged: afrobeat

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Lungu Lungu: Too Much Senrenre

Ghana-based Benjamin Lebrave speaks fluent French and English, and can schmooze in Spanish and Portuguese. He’ll report on new African music every other week. This week, he shares Ajebutter22′s “Senrenre.” Last weekend, I hopped on … read more »

POSTED September 5, 2012 1:45PM IN Lungu Lungu TAGS: , , ,
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Dollars to Pounds: Seye

Just before interviewing Seye I checked his Twitter. His latest update said: “Good morning…right. Better get some clothes ob, got an interview to do”. At the time he was in Portland, coming to the end … read more »

POSTED August 30, 2012 4:32PM IN DOLLARS TO POUNDS TAGS: , , , ,
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Stream: Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, Questlove and Akua Naru, “Lady”

This remake of Fela Kuti’s “Lady” by Merrill Garbus bka Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, The Roots’ Questlove and Germany-via-Connecticut MC Akua Naru is remarkable for a few reasons. The track was recorded live, all of the … read more »

POSTED June 1, 2012 11:00AM IN MP3 / STREAMS TAGS: , , ,
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Lungu Lungu: Lapaz Toyota

It’s been a minute since I wrote about a nice Ghanaian hit. Meanwhile, azonto is taking over, not just in Ghana, but all over the place. If azonto is a word you are still unable … read more »

POSTED May 2, 2012 3:00PM IN Lungu Lungu, MP3 / STREAMS, MUSIC, MUSIC INTERVIEWS, MUSIC NEWS TAGS: , , , , , ,
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Stream: New Tracks from 37th State, Tony Allen’s New Afrobeat Group

Tony Allen, Fela Kuti’s incredible drummer (also Damon Albarn’s incredible drummer) has formed 37th State, a new afrobeat group along with Kuti’s original keyboard player Dele Sosimi. The commissioned vocals from a whole host of … read more »

POSTED February 4, 2011 10:36AM IN MP3 / STREAMS Comments (1) TAGS: , ,
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Video: Femi Kuti’s Take Away Show

Femi Kuti is pacing like a crazy man on a Parisian rootop. It looks freezing, his band of brass and hand drum players in mostly matching orange puffy coats. Then he stops, chops his hands … read more »

POSTED December 13, 2010 3:00PM IN MUSIC VIDEO TAGS: , ,

Video: Ghariokwu Lemi Talks Fela Kuti Album Art

Fela Kuti recorded and released dozens of albums, each with a specifically agitprop cover meant to elicit the same rebellious feelings as the songs between them. Lagos native and friend of Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi, is … read more »

POSTED July 12, 2010 5:28PM IN ART+CULTURE VIDEO TAGS: , ,
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Fela Kuti Joins Record Store Day with Limited Vinyl EP + Questlove Interview and Mix

After years of artists borrowing his ideas or appropriating his jams, it can seem as though Fela Kuti is as commonplace in the modern music fan’s collection as The Beatles or Stevie Wonder. But only … read more »

POSTED March 31, 2010 1:15PM IN MP3 / STREAMS, MUSIC NEWS Comments (2) TAGS: , , , ,

Madlib, “African Voodoo Queen” + “The Frontline (Liberation)” MP3

With the emergence of African musical obscurities blogs like Awesome Tapes From Africa, Voodoo Funk and others, it’s easy to forget that there are guys like Madlib who are sitting on mountains of rare African … read more »

POSTED March 9, 2010 10:38AM IN MP3 / STREAMS Comments (3) TAGS: , ,

Joy Jones "Be My Husband"

Joy Jones has a proposal for you… read more »

POSTED August 3, 2009 6:58PM IN SUITE903 Comments (1) TAGS: , , , , , ,