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On LIMYÈ-A, from their latest 3 track EP, David Walters joins the regular Voilaaa singers crew Pat Kalla & Lass for an exclusive Latin track
Chicken No Dey Fly, is an infectious Afrobeat track, about greed & political power! It ft. the unmistakeable ryhthms of Tony Allen on drums!
Behind Tsunami’s low-voice on “Très Magnifique,” one finds a driving kit that occasionally transports to regions difficult to identify!
Ngalah Oreyo’s Zanzibar is inspired by its people's smile, the delicious seafood, the smell of spices in its streets & white sandy beaches!
Asher introduces free drums representing autonomous African motion & saxophone reflecting deeply & honestly on the violence of colonialism.
Hong Kong’s Pomegranate Sounds Steroid Dub take on W.A.O.’s Cortisol goes deep, though it keeps enough thump to rock peak dance floor crowds
From Grammy winner Dobet Gnahoré’s new album, Couleur, Yakané offers a powerful message that girls of today are the strong women of tomorrow
Stumbling Down boasts a dense bass-heavy groove that’s cut through w a frenetic mix of percussion & a vocal performance from Sampa the Great.
There Is No End is Tony Allen as his most copacetic, polished self. It doesn’t feel like the finish line, but rather a passing of the baton!
Lagos, Nigeria based The Voice Of Lajorun’s latest release, Omo Aye, is a song that addresses the hurdles of life & courage to move forward!
On Ddala (Real), Spyda MC drops his Lugaflow in the local Hip Hop vernacular. He exhorts us to stay authentic & not hide behind fake titles!
Panter feat. the powerful voice of Muambuyi, whose lyrics call upon a tribal leader to reveal his mystic powers in front of his followers!
Fôli Kadi translates to "music feels good" in Bambara. It plays on a subtle balance between a dance beat & emotional melodic content!
YITA by Fely Tchaco is a tribute to the migrants dying in the Mediterranean seas, victims of trafficking & slave trades around the world!
“Purpose Of Creation” blends highlife & jazz, with Etuk Ubong’s Nigerian heritage heard firmly at the fore of this engaging composition!
The Star Feminine Band mull social concerns w/ enthusiasm & Femme Africaine, w/ its defiant melody, is the album’s self-celebratory anthem!
Owner of Lagos nightclub, TRUTH, Etuk Ubong’s I Waka Dey Go describes the everyday life and struggles of Nigerians & other Africans!
African Struggle is incredibly fast-paced & politically charged w/ Ubong on both trumpet & lead vocal, leading a 5 piece brass section!
Kárà-Kátà are composed of a wide range of talented musicians including several percussionists, a vibrant brass section, guitars & keyboards!
Lagos-based band Wura Samba’s style is characterized by a deep adherence to complex Yoruba religious themes w/ chants & high energy drums!
African Airways from A Long Way To The Beginning, is Seun Kuti’s warning against neocolonialism in Africa & is a good metaphor for the album
Photoshop Reality nails the way people overplay reality on social media, photo shopping not only their photos, but their existence as well!
Tony Allen fans, Africaine 808’s remix of Afrodiscobeat adds a futuristic twist by re-programming it with drum machines & synthesizers!
Ekedi is a soulful & mellow track with a consistent mid-tempo rhythm that allows Manu Dibango to showcase his mastery of the saxophone!
Senegalese legend, Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane, released his 1st album in his mid 70s. His track, Bouki Ndiour, tells the tale of a hyena!
Despite being a project born from the privations of lockdown Eparapo’s music sought to create an expression of hope, resilience & resurgence
Voraz is about the frenetic pace of daily life, with a tempo to match, elastic guitar lines & the driving Igbo woodblock that keeps time!
‘Shaman’ marks a significant landmark for Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids discography. Ackamoor pays homage to the ancestors on Salvation!
Wrong Way by Ojibo Afrobeat is inspired by a Fela Kuti speech in which he calls democracy in Nigeria & Africa in general “demo-crazy.”