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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!
Sounds good right? Yea, this mix going to get all up in your brain. You can damn near taste the music. World Hip Hop for ya!! Thanks me later. Check out this dope artist on the playlist, Shumba Youth from the UK. Napoleon Da Legend put me on to him. Also check out Cohen@Mushon from Israel. They are one of my favorite groups right now. Their production is so smooth. You won't be disappointed. Anyway my mix adds some flavor to your taste buds, let's rock!!!
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”
We can be right there with you while you bop your head, cooking in the kitchen or rushing to the Black Friday madness.
‘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!
Another dope episode with some hot artists around the world. Check out that new Fokis joint, "I'm About A Dolla" because that is what we all need to survive on this planet. So help out whenever you see someone in need. Another new joint by Napoleon Da Legend called "Samurai Code". Matter fact just rock the whole playlist and enjoy.
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!
Yes, yes. Get the grill out. Get the food out. Get the speakers out and get my mix to the people's ears. Let's go. Another dope show of world hip-hop with me on the turntables. Blasting music from around the world. Giving people something fresh and new. That's how i do. Pour me a drink while you at it too. LOL. Yeah boyeeee, let's get this party started like Nelly. Turn it up. Check out Minx while you at it. Dope artist from London, UK. Rock it!! Boom!!
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!
The Saturators are a 7-piece multi-cultural groove machine hailing from Brooklyn & Harlem! Their song ‘Not For You’ will make you dance!
Raise a glass to a band as effervescent and effortlessly cool as their name suggests.
Wooo Wee. Later on today I will be hitting the stage with Napoleon Da Legend @ the Rock Steady jam. Central Park Summerstage. Come on out, it's free. So while you're rushing to get ready. Hit the play button and rock to another dope episode right here on BTRtoday. World Hip-hop at it's finest for you. Music from around the world not just here. Hip-hop from around the world. I gladly volunteered to bring it to you. We going to Scotland, France, Germany and more. Get ya mind ready for this. Let's go!!!!
‘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!
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!
John’s in the studio to talk about the broader implications of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, plus red-baiting in Brooklyn schools, and listener mail. People's Climate March 2017 Photo by Dcpeopleandeventsof2017 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  
‘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!
“Afri-Cali, ”a hearty cioppino of rock, blues, heavy rhythms and percussion of 1970s Ethiopian music, topped with coastal-psych seasoning!
John on the Kushner family’s corruption, Emmanuel Macron wins the presidential election in France, and big time listener mail catch-up. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
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.!
Culture and lifestyles are different everywhere—this is no exception to music! BTRtoday explores the music scenes around the world.
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!
John is in the studio to catch up on the waking nightmare we live in now, the NYT messes up an op-ed on gender, and listener mail. Photo credit: Wikipedia commons
The neoliberal and the nationalist will face a runoff in France, checking in on the Bernie and Heath Mello controversy, and listener mail. photo: Wikimedia Commons
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!
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!
Hello everybody!!! Back again with some more dope artists on this non-stop world hip-hop tour. Make sure you pick up or check that new album by Dj Lowcut from Paris, France. Dope producer and some great artists on his "Dead End" album. We played a couple of his joints on the mix. Share the mix with all your friends. Let them know and brag about how you experience a breath of fresh air listening to my world hip-hop show. Let's go...Enjoy!!
‘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!
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
Back in the south. Some pronounce it souf? LOL. Yeah man...It's Sunday, new episode of world hip-hop for you. Yeah I'm down here in Tampa Bay, Florida. Been here since last Weds. Chilling with my peeps and also taking care some good business. I should have good news soon about a possible tour with your favorite artists. So hold tight. Hit play and let's rock!!!
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.
The Jazz Hole with Linus welcomes interview guest Michaël Attias, the NYC-based saxophonist and composer who just released “Nerve Dance”
Let's get weird with Weird Omen--a dark and mysterious French band that sings explosive rock 'n' roll.
This week, we welcome a very special guest: BTRtoday’s very own Elena Childers! Elena produces New Vibrations, writes Nightshift Sounds, and writes and produces The Music Meetup (both a podcast and a column). Listen along to see if she lives up to her rep as a “cool girl” and to hear whether we “win the episode” or not. Spoiler alert: she does and we do! Note: Weird Omen, heard in this episode, will also be featured in the Music Meetup podcast/column, this coming week, so make sure to check back for that!
If you're looking for an amazing Spring Break getaway that has nothing to do with beaches, loud music and drunk people, then you should consider traveling to France. Here's your travel 101.
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!
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!
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
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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