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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!
Linus welcomes Tavche Gravche’s Vasko Dukovski, Dan Nadel and Daniel Ori on today’s Jazz Hole & asks about their new album Sonic Pollination
Charting nearly two decades of groundbreaking music production, Boddhi Satva’s double album ’18’ turns up hidden gems & reflects on classics
Highly esteemed saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens is today’s interview guest on The Jazz Hole Linus, plus music by bassist Robert Lee
‘Ewe Rono’ takes vintage sounds and vocals & adds contemporary electronic production to introduce these sounds to the next generation!
Big Bend is the experimental musical project of Ohio-born, NYC-based composer Nathan Phillps. With a focus on collaboration and clever use of improvised electronics as a base for his songwriting, Phillips weaves intricate, otherworldly sounds together beautifully. Joined here by Craig Schenker on saxophone and with an overhead projector on-hand for some appropriate visual aids, Big Bend brings their expansive, amorphous sound to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Radish by Big Bend is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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!
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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