Archive
Newen Afrobeat plays an energetic version of Fela Kuti’s ‘Opposite People’ w/ Seun Kuti & Cheick Tidiane in Chile at the Womad Festival!
Shokazoba’s a 9 piece horn driven, funk powerhouse & their high energy music is designed to move feet, inspire the mind & activate our souls
Toxic Times’ politically charged, calling attention to the political climate in the US, police brutality, climate change & gender inequality
Future Toyi Toyi embraces South African musical protest style born out of anti-apartheid, fusing dance, jazz, gqom beats, hip hop & Afrobeat
Gúdú Gúdú Kan’s a unique musical collaboration & refers to the role the snare drum plays & its relationship w/ Ìyá Ìlù kan, or the kick drum
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!
Culture Vulture is a track made more potent by its contrasts, something which holds for many of the best numbers on Expect The Unexpected!
Smash & Grab’s a blistering mashup of sped up Boogaloo, W. African inspired rhythm guitar lines, slowed down Drum ‘n Bass & shattering horns