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‘Rambola’ ft. Carnival rhythms, kick drums, Middle Eastern strings, and hand-held percussion playing off a call-and-response wordplay!
It Began In Africa was set up by EDM artists Juliet Sikora and Tube & Berger. They want to help raise money for The African Children’s Choir
‘Irganda’ focuses on the dire environmental predicaments that Malians face on a daily basis. It’s a defiant plea for reflection & action!
‘Maloya’ by Alma Negra has a broad range of ethnic rhythms, far out vocal chops and even a grainy, tape-saturated kick drum to boot!
There’s an amazing & very atypical vibe on ‘Hinde.’ The track sounds more like moody desert music than something born from the Kenyan coast!
Hook & Crook’ finds Amayo flying to the peak of Kilimanjaro “to gain an outer worldly perspective” He finds the need to “detach, detach”
‘Bamako’ is about dispelling the negative image of Africa by describing something everyone can relate to – going out on a Saturday night!
B.C.U.C.’s incantations look social & identity questions in the face. They refuse to belong to a specific movement or be put into a box!
‘Mr. Debtor’ will take you deeper into the groove, coming through with a beautifully dubwise groove to fill the air! So hot!
On “Abandon Property,” Oghene Kologbo’s rich, oaky, finely aged vocals provide rugged counterpoint to Tony Allen’s lightly-skipping rhythm!
Formed in 2011, Ajate plays a unique blend of afro-groove dance music mixed w/ Japanese traditional festival music called Ohayashi!
Singapore’s Instigator Afrobeat Orchestra welcomes you aboard an enlightening musical voyage to witness the world in a new collective realm!
Oumou Sangaré sings openly about forbidden topics. Her music is not entertainment but experience, a conscious theatre of ideas!
Oumou Sangaré’s voice is a soulful joy, soaring to high notes and resounding with a husky richness! Enjoy Jose Marquez’s remix of her track!
After 2 hip hop oriented albums, the A.L.V.O. returns to its beloved orchestral madness w/ their album “Morpheus” Enjoy “Super Dopamine!”
In “Race Hustle,” by C.A.P., an overwhelming atmosphere of urban struggle rises from chanting protestors introducing the song!
The 4 tracks from Gumz’ EP ‘Mwalimu,’ which is the Swahili word for teacher, feels like a soul searching experience provided by each track!
The Shtoompah remix of ‘Everything Scatter’ by Fela Kuti has some haunting voodoo sounds of Fela for the new millennium!
Straight from the capital of Highlife, the album ‘Sor’ by Kyekyeku has everything – Afrobeat, Ghanaian Highlife & a message!
This first August edition of Via Berlin includes new music by Berlins electronic music princess Anja Schneider, Cologne based Jonathan Kaspar, French expat Toma Kami and fellow French artist Rodriguez Jr.; Oliver Huntemann, Umami, Guy Mantzur, Roy Rosenfeld, Pongo and Stereo MC’s complete today’s 60 minute mix of finest electronic music.
The Saturators are a 7-piece multi-cultural groove machine hailing from Brooklyn & Harlem! Their song ‘Not For You’ will make you dance!
‘Life On The Street’ is a vibrant demonstration by Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu of their take on Highlife & Afrobeat blended w/ other genres!
“Baja Norte” gives you a taste of the diverse flavor of Sure Fire Soul Ensemble. Latin rhythms, wah-wah guitar, sax, drum, bass & organ!
Matuki’s album ‘Injo’ is composed of 8 original tracks. The album features Afro-groove/urban funk with a psychedelic edge!
‘Noom’ is a unique groove & power shock that results from the clash between the rumble of a military band and an Afrobeat ensemble!
Via Berlin is back with a brand new episode of fine house and electronica tunes. In the mix is music by Braunbeck, Acid Pauli, Oliver Koletzki, Steve Bug, Philou Louzolo, Brussels Pony Club, Marc Miroir & Elif Bicer, Axel Boman, Erykah Badou, youANDme
Pasteur Lappe became a charming star in Cameroon at just 19 years old. He became friends with stars such as Fela Kuti, Tala AM, J Moboule!
For a band w/ no lead singer, Big Mean Sound Machine has character in spades. They’re a polyrhythmic monster w/ a crisp, unrelenting groove!
“The Havana Remixes” by the Bahama Soul Club reveals their finest moments rebooted into pure rhythmic bliss! It’s a truly bright collection!
‘Dey Suffer’ describes the emigration out of Africa which has created a brain drain, with qualified people leaving for wealthier pastures.
Oneness Of Juju, from Washington, D.C. fuses jazz, funk, soul, African rhythms with social & political movements! Enjoy the track ‘Too Poo!’
December Beaches are bit crushed 909s, spoken word samples, African jazz catalogue, a love of house & a really funky bassline!
Brand new electronic tunes are coming your way- namely, by Berlin legendary duo Booka Shade, who have released a new record with an unfamiliar style, Berlin’s Marco Haas aka T.Raumschmiere is in the mix with a track taken off his new album “Heimat”, Oliver Koletzki is back, and we’ve got music by Jan Blomqvist, DJ Emerson, Ost & Kjex and Be Svendsen.
“Afri-Cali, ”a hearty cioppino of rock, blues, heavy rhythms and percussion of 1970s Ethiopian music, topped with coastal-psych seasoning!
If, as the great Fela Kuti once said ‘music is the weapon,’ then you’ll need to wear armor to withstand the full sonic force of L.A.C.!
It’s starting to smell like Summer in Berlin. Today’s episode of Via Berlin reflects the bustling street life of the German capital of music with tracks by Lexer & Paji, Justin Cudmore, Kalipo, Leo Woelfel, Talamanca System, Redshape, Bwana, Giorgio Angiuli, Hosh, and Superpose. Enjoy!
What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat? That’s the vibe of the debut by Here Lies Man! The quintet was created by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas!
The A.L.V.O. returns with another hip-hop colored album, Impact! A genuine collaboration of the French atypical fusion orchestra led by Masta Conga with MC Racecar!
Bleepy, glitchy electronica is the order of the day in today’s Via Berlin lineup. Digging deep in the treasure chest of the late nineties and early noughties some fine complex tunes will resurface, music by Squarepusher, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Yee King or Jackson and His Computerband, Plaid, Ekoplekz, +10 or The Other People Place.
Fogo Fogo is about Fela having a big party performing his hits. He served drinks to his guests, & they drank everything. When he couldn’t afford more a riot ensued!
‘Man Is Enough’ is the second album from Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, consisting of 10 songs, led by 3 singers. This album is a musical hybrid that merges funk groove!
Today’s episode of Via Berlin compiles another fine collection of electronica tracks and features music by andhim, Pale Blue, Gheist, Teenage Mutants, Lars Moston, Sascha Braemer, Sam Shure, Oxia Boss Axis and Moonwalk, as well as Max Cooper, Tom Hodge & Katrin deBoer, and Christian Löffler.
While visiting Kinshasa James Brown dubbed Verckys, Mr. Dynamite. Notorious for being one of Congo’s most ruthless business men, the legendary musician was a powerhouse
Zozo Afrobeat is a 13-piece band based in NYC. Their track ‘Mugabe’ was released as a protest song speaking out against the suffering of Zimbabweans under Mugabe’s rule.
Cool down and rev up to the sound of Calvin Love—a Canadian bringing the perfect blend of loveliness and coldness.
This Tuesday edition of Via Berlin provides you with tracks by Joe Goddard, Robot Koch, Fiora, Rancido, T.M.A. and Who Made Who. Lusine, Shobaleader One, Phonique, Stee Downes, as well as music by Agents Of Time and Henrik Schwarz.
Fela Kuti’s, Live ‘Custom Checkpoint,’ is a song about the division of countries in Africa. It’s unusual for Fela with a very intense pace, danceable to the extreme!
This episode includes new music by Dettmann & Klock, London based Auntie Flo and John Monkman, plus, tunes by Brussels Pony Club, Barklay Crenshaw, Pan Pot, Munk, Acid Pauli, A Houseband and Complementary opposites
13-piece Montreal based band, Papa Groove take us on an rich aurol journey from West Africa to Oakland, USA. Blasting out a healthy dose of Afrobeat & funky R&B!
Reflecting on a spontaneous journey abroad that conjured feelings of awe, creativity, and a desire for change.
Don’t miss 16-piece-band, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra playing righteous African funk huge! It’s impossible not to dance to PAO’s body grooving goodness!
DJ Meredith is taking you around the world on a journey through sound with this playlist featuring new bands & artists! Let’s open the show with ‘Papa Groove’ from Montreal based band, Papa Groove. Enjoy new & rare grooves as we check out Fela Kuti, Wangari, The KutiMangoes and so much more!   Wangari / Elephants   Sunburst / Ave Africa   Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Roy Ayers / Music Of Many Colours
Get ready for 2017’s first mix in BTR Today’s Via Berlin – consisting of tracks by Kettenkarussel, Mono Junk, Fjaak, techno wizard DVS1, Melbourne born and Berlin based Tornado Wallace, Skream, Atlantik, Schleppgeist, Barker and Baumecker, The Pilotwings and Bonobo.
Fela Kuti’s ‘Government Chicken Boy,’ is about obedient followers of authority. This half-hour original version has ominous horns & chants.

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