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The Last Poets are weathervanes, warning of the future and past sins in poems that are indivisible from the rhythms they’re voiced on!
‘La Piña Madura’ brings tropical Afrobeat to the table via Colombia, with a spectacular interpretation of a classic vallenato track!
Muyei Power (Muyei means ‘our country) was one of the top dance bands of the 70s in Sierra Leone fusing electric Congolese & Nigerian music!
N.U.S.U.A is an up-tempo side, heavy on percussion & Afro-Latin vibes! La Kossa has percussion for days & Afrobeat sounds that shine!
Kill Me With Bongo begins w/ powerful patterns that pulse at the start. It is a scathing critique of Nabay’s fellow émigrés’ bluffs & b.s.!
Triple Bacon is driving & energetic, yet sweet & groovy. Horns & guitar engage in a playful call/response over a bed of skillful snare work!
Brazzmatazz is a mad 18-person brass band. From their album, ‘Turbolence,’ the amazing Brazzmatazz flair is most recognizable in Draiaikolk!
Negração is about building self-love as a black woman, whilst navigating intersectional experiences of racism, sexism & classism in society.
Papalé kicks off a series of infectious melodies! MHD doesn’t always match his raps to the beat, like on Papalé where he’s in double time!
Mèdaho draws on group’s shared reverence for the raw, psychedelic afro-funk sound that captivated Kaleta as a music loving kid in 70s Benin!
All the intensity of free jazz is channeled into the percussion heavy groove of Unity, a tribal-funk jam built around a hypnotically droning violin line & wall of drums
Hoya Hoye, the crossing of Ethiopian & American cultures, is derived from a Halloween like celebration in which children clap & pound sticks
DJ Meredith is taking you on a sonic adventure around the world on a journey through sound, introducing a fresh, new lineup of bands & artists from the most unexpected places on Earth! Let’s open the show with ‘Progress’ by Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra! Enjoy new & rare grooves as we check out Newen Afrobeat, Bole 2 Harlem, Madou Kouyate and so much more!
This jazz-educated, oldies-influenced, professional trumpet playing solo artist does way more than just play an instrument.
Culture Vulture is a track made more potent by its contrasts, something which holds for many of the best numbers on Expect The Unexpected!
Napoleon Da Legend is a bilingual MC from Comoros, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Charles de Gaulle EP is available now, with French and English versions of all tracks. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Live outta BTR Live Studio – the Crazy one, Bazarro, finally had a chance to track down the super busy, ill-lyrical, multi-talented artist: Napoleon Da Legend! Straight from the motherland of East Africa, he came to America at a young age – one day he heard hip-hop being played on the radio and kaboom he already knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. After a brief stint honing his skills in the Washington, D.C. area. He moved to the home of hip-hop, NYC. Taking his talent to the next level, Napoleon has been rising to new heights every year since his music career started. We sat Napoleon down to get to know the lyrical genius, and for an exclusive live session from his home. Let’s listen! Charles de Gualle EP is available now, with French and English versions of all tracks. Watch Napoleon Da Legend’s performance of “Black Privilege” for BTR Live Studio.
Smash & Grab’s a blistering mashup of sped up Boogaloo, W. African inspired rhythm guitar lines, slowed down Drum ‘n Bass & shattering horns
When Bosq get his mitts on Kaleta & Super Yamba’s Jibiti, he transforms it into a dancefloor burner rife w/ psychedelic vibes & punchy horns
Benefit For All’s the 1st release from album Unite. It’s a powerful track that will uplift you, unite people & get you on your feet to dance
Upon 1st intro to ONIPA, the battery of balafons & synthesizer pulses on Fire is as good of a statement of purpose as any you’ll hear!
The battery of balafons & retro-synthesizer pulses on Fire is a good of a statement of purpose as any you’ll hear from UK band, ONIPA
A Long Way To The Beginning by Seun Kuti & his 17 member band is powerful take-no-prisoners, socially conscious music. It’s also party music
Custom Check Point is a very unique song for Fela b/c It’s very intense, danceable to the extreme, w/ an oriental sounding keyboard solo!
Shut In explores themes of disaster, isolation and uncertainty. There’s mention of food shortages, closed stores & extreme weather.
Be Africa is a rousing number in the Fela vein, whose tight, infectious groove & expressive, overlapping vocals make it sound ripe for remix
“Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.” – Fela Kuti. Today we honor Allen’s unique talent & musical genius during his epic career
ATOMGA frame the question “what would happen if we were all dropped off on another planet?” in their Latin-tinged Afrobeat song Zenpocalypse
Yenimno is a raucous blast of energy! The guitar is a marvel here, generating restless, romping momentum in cascades of sing-song lines!
‘Mr. Foolish’ brings Afrobeat to life with the blaring horns and conscious messages. The song illustrates how foolish we as humans can be!
Charting nearly two decades of groundbreaking music production, Boddhi Satva’s double album ’18’ turns up hidden gems & reflects on classics
‘Ewe Rono’ takes vintage sounds and vocals & adds contemporary electronic production to introduce these sounds to the next generation!
On album 4th Dimension, Jimi Tenor continues his exploration of Afrobeat music. Enjoy Higher Styx, which is a wicked Afro Funk dance track!
‘Milambi’ marks Angelique Kidjo’s maiden venture into electronic music with Pablo Nouvelle. Enjoy the archival African field recordings!
London fusionistas Lokkhi Terra joined forces with Dele Sosimi for the four-track album Cubafrobeat for an ingenious blend of dance music!
Soufwans gets a 21st century upgrade, laced with moody Detroit style pads & tech’d out bass resulting in pure dance fire pon di floor!
The theme of “Boomerang” shows the original spirit of Afrobeat, directly influenced by Fela Kuti but adapted to the social issues of today!
The deeply infectious album, Zigzagger, finds trumpeter/composer Takuya Kuroda carving his own distinctive sonic path along the way!
The opening title track, D.O.D., represents AGBEKO’s most reverent nod to Fela Kuti yet with an onslaught of horn stabs & wailing organs!
Negus Negast plays w/ a strong beat & solos as an initial burst of brass & drums create a bombastic flavor before making way for heavy horns
‘Stronger’ is an uplifting anthem and a call to build bridges from The Mighty Mocambos’ latest album, 2066, featuring MC JSwiss!
Mama is a dedication to Walters’ Grandma. A track in which the balafon takes center stage, some meditative flute & female choruses who shine
Mwajuma Mambo is about a beautiful girl who is jealous of her Aunt & uses voodoo against her, which in turn backfires, making her sick!
L’Origine du Monde – the adventure in the brass jungle in pursuit, mutates into an atmosphere where the bass drum pulsates over all time!
Ha Le Se Le Li Khanna is a rendition of a traditional song probably sung at engagement ceremonies & about keeping cattle safe for dowry!
Dance-floor workout, Jingo, is a fresh take on Babatunde Olatunji’s original ft. vocals & percussion by Afla Sackey & Koichi on synths & drums

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