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‘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
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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