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‘Rambola’ ft. Carnival rhythms, kick drums, Middle Eastern strings, and hand-held percussion playing off a call-and-response wordplay!
Whatever you had to do before 2018, you better do it now. Time's almost up, get it done! While you're running around town you can still tune in and rock to my world hip ­hop show. It will calm you down. Peep the line up. Lots of talent around the globe. Check out Illa J & Moka ONly on the collabo. Moka Only the dope MC and producer from Vancouver. Also, check out DJ J Hart from UK rocking with Wu­Tang's own Inspectah Deck and Dyverse The 1st. Don't believe me? Just listen. Go!!
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!
Yes, yes. I will be rocking some of my favorite joints of 2017. World Hip­ hop joints. Come on rock with me. I'm doing part 1 this week and part 2 next weds, ya feel me. Shoutout to everybody who sent me some good music this year. And shootout to all then artists who are trying to break out using their own methods of promotion, marketing and performing. It's a tough music biz out there. Stay focus. If you believe you can achieve. Let's go!!
‘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!
Boom!! Cracking the ice with all this boom bap in this mix. Non­stop blow your speakers out on this one..This mix right here. No cheap monitors please.. LOL. Nah let's go. We rock to any speaker system with this mix. So rock with us. Between the oceans mix. Yeah get ya passports out. Going to be a great trip. You might be in a cold region or hot region. but we still going to rock it hot. Check out the Snowgoons produced track with Intell & Inspetah Deck on it called "Word of Mouth". Also check out the grooving track "Make You No Forget" by Blitz Da Ambassador. Ghana stand up!! Let's go!!!
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!
Salute!! How ya'll doing out there? Feeling good? This mix going to make you feel even better. Let's rock. Another Bazarro mega pounding mix. We play no games mix. Hardcore to knock down your doors. Blast this in the house, on your phone, in your car or if you live somewhere out in the jungle. Stay focus as we travel around this delicate planet to bring you some different music! Shoutout to my homegirl out in Croatia right now. Sneakerchicc what's good? She's out there having a good time. Make sure you rock the whole show in your eardrums. Check out Sido from Germany, nice joint he got called "Astronaut." Also check out new joint from Mazzi from Iran. He has a nice tune dedicated to some of the well-known DJs throughout hip­hop. Let's go!!!
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!
Watch ya got damn back, man. It's that scary, Halloween feeling approaching us. Time to walk around with flashlights in the daytime to stay safe, lol. Seriously how you doing out there in the world? Time & events move so fast it's hard to keep up. So to slow things down I rock my mix for you. You can take it easy and listen to some great artists from around the world. Ease the pain of the fast life for a minute. Make sure you check out Kayo from Austria, he has a sick beat, I had to rock it on my playlist. Also check out Napoleon Da Legend from East Africa. I swear man, he never stops working. He has a new video on youtube called "Samurai Code". You need to check that out. So rock with me on this crazy mix and watch your back out there. LOL. Let's go!!!
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!
It's about that time to rock once again. Yeah, I'm excited, heading back to Tampa this week. I leave this Thursday. Going to be a lot of fun. Can't wait, plenty of hip-hop will be on display at Club Crowbar in Ybor City, Tampa. Come on out if you're in the area and party with us. If you can't? Just rock with me right here on BTRtoday.com. This is a new world hip-hop mix for you. Songs upon songs to get you in the mood. Boom Bap to whatever. Not just here in America but the whole world. Tune in, see for yourself. Let's go!!
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!
Hold on! Take a deep breath. Everybody all right? Did everybody enjoy the fight? Some people didn't even care. Anyway, back to real life. Some real good music. World Hip-Hop back in effect for you. Hope you had a great weekend regardless. Summertime is slowly creeping out. So let's make the best of it. And you rocking with the best right now. BTRtoday.com . Yes, we always do it big time. And we stay on the air 7 days a week. Got some goodies for you, hope you ear drums are ready. Shoutout to the lovely artist MINX from London. I got to meet her last week while another world artist Mazzi/Soul Purpose was hosting a T-shirt drive for the homeless. Shoutout to everyone who contributed. She's great, look her up. Check her right now on my show World Hip-Hop. Let's go!!!
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!
‘Gnonnu Tome Lin’ ft. heavy uptempo soukous from the mighty Poly-Rythmo with guest composer and vocalist Assa Cica. Distinct Benin sound!
It's something about the hot weather that drives and motivates me. Is it the vitamin D from the sun? Maybe, but I get charged and no sleep when the sun is burning hot. We got some hot joints on deck for you to listen and vibe to. Artists from around the world. You thought hip-hop was only in America?? Crazy...Take some lessons from my world hip-hop show. You shall see. Let's go!!!
The Saturators are a 7-piece multi-cultural groove machine hailing from Brooklyn & Harlem! Their song ‘Not For You’ will make you dance!
Dinosaur Pile-Up is the UK-based grunge trio of Matt Bigland, Michael Sheils and Jim Cratchley. Though the sound they’ve mastered has strong associations to a certain era and city, the huge, catchy, riff-heavy verse-chorus-verse dynamics the band employs definitely feel their own. Even more impressive is the group’s super sharp, tight vocal performance and pure rock power. The guys stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO while on tour with Chevelle to show us how it’s done. Eleven Eleven by Dinosaur Pile-Up is available now.  
Dinosaur Pile-Up is the UK-based grunge trio of Matt Bigland, Michael Sheils and Jim Cratchley. Though the sound they’ve mastered has strong associations to a certain era and city, the huge, catchy, riff-heavy verse-chorus-verse dynamics the band employs definitely feel their own. Even more impressive is the group’s super sharp, tight vocal performance and pure rock power. The guys stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO while on tour with Chevelle to show us how it’s done. Eleven Eleven by Dinosaur Pile-Up is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
‘Life On The Street’ is a vibrant demonstration by Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu of their take on Highlife & Afrobeat blended w/ other genres!
The Birth Marks are a rock 'n' roll band from the UK who love to watch Friends.
"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!
Let’s open the show with an unexpected Nu-skool Brazilika-brukbeat remix from Positive Flow of the Bahama Soul Club’s track ‘Elegguà’!
Woo!!! Ok, this should be the last week of school for public schools right? So I just wanna say congrats to all who are going to that next level, what ever it may be. You worked hard and it's time to celebrate!! Yeah, hell yeah!! Just rock with us to some good music with some great artists from around the world. Yeah we are willing to share with you every sunday. New joints by Napoleon Da Legend. New album out by Rebel Diaz, check them out, I'm telling u. New mixtape out by Ganga Lee, you won't be disappointed. Let's rock yo!!! Congrats again to all!!!
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!
What the deals ya'll? Yeah we back up in here for another dope sunday of world-hiphop joints. Don't be mad because the madness doesn't stop. It's our fault we bring you the greatness with no fakeness, nah mean? LOL!! Okay check out the mix. You know that Napoleon Da Legend joint Black Privilege 2 been most requested on my DM on twitter. People loving that joint. You can find it on "Steal This Mixtape part 2" free download, word. So let's go and check out some great music from around the world!!!
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about the aftermath of the shooting in Virginia, the UK election, and the apartment fire in London. Also, John on the Washington Post report that Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice.    
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk Pride and the Babadook, Morning John on Sessions’ testimony, and a special Morning Jake with Jake Bolton on the post-election latest in the UK.    
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!
Melissa Dumont joins us to discuss developmental psychology, gender and sexuality, and intelligence. Also, John checks in on the Comey hearing, and Labour has historic gains in the British election. Melissa Dumont Photo credit: Twitter (@melissadoom)
Hey, back home from Las Vegas. It's hard to leave Vegas. Feel like you never have enough time to run around in Vegas. Anyway back in NY. Another dope episode for you to rock to. Shoutout to my homeys Sourlife Phoenix and Braindead who was in Vegas a week ago. We missed hooking up. Next time. This time let's go right into the mix. Hiphop from around the world. Let's go!!!
“The Havana Remixes” by the Bahama Soul Club reveals their finest moments rebooted into pure rhythmic bliss! It’s a truly bright collection!
We check in with Jake Bolton on the latest in the increasingly higher stakes British election, John checks in on Trump’s slippery slope, and the beginnings of an integration plan are proposed in New York City.    Photo credit: Twitter (@JakeBolton)
‘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 Sally Yates testimony, Jake Bolton on updates from the UK election, a late briefing on de Blasio’s 3K for All, new data on arrests in NYC schools, and Rod Blum holds a town hall in our high school gym. Photo credit: Twitter (@JakeBolton)
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!
Jake Bolton joins us to discuss Theresa May’s call for a snap election in the UK and the broader political context there, John on the looming government shutdown, and David Brooks finds another opportunity to yell at college students.     Photo credit: Twitter (@JakeBolton)
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!
‘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!
Yessss. Good times. Been out here in Washington D.C. since Friday night. My boy Dj Evil Dee tore down the 18th Street Lounge. I backed him up on the microphone. Man we been doing it since high school. No surprises there. So sit back relax as I rock a new episode of world hip-hop on this lovely sunday for your ear drums. Shoutout to everybody who came out to 18th Street lounge. Shout out to the whole staff up at BTRtoday who help bring this dope mix to you around the world. Come on yo let's get it. Enjoy!!!
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.
Hot spring time out here in Austin, Texas!! ha ha.. That's where we at right now. Been here since last Thursday. Wooowee, just too much fun. Yeah, I'm teasing. So um yeah we will be back home tomorrow night but two days later we fly out to another warm region by the equator, um Tampa yes. Basically my second home. World hip-hop for you. We actually really travel like that. Don't worry east coast spring is right around the corner two blocks away between cold & hot street. So we doing another dope mix via-sat ellite from SXSW, Austin, Texas. Yep no days off. All year. Where ever we go we still hit the radio waves. So enough talkin. Get in the mix and enjoy....
The Sea Slugs unique music is born out of a collective condemnation of intolerance, a strong sense of solidarity with fellow humans & passion for the music of Fela Kuti!
Enjoy ‘Beautiful’ from Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra’s latest album, ‘Man Is Enough!’ The only Afrobeat band in Poland, they uniquely use the power of 3 female vocalists.
Look what the wind blew in! A new episode of some dopeness from around the world. The globe, the planet. Yes, we love to travel around this big circle we call earth. You ready to rock with us? Got some nice grooves on deck. Shoutout to everybody who been holding it down with me on these trips for years. It never gets old because there is always new artists to be found. That's what we do right here on btrtoday.com. Let's go!! Enjoy!!
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!
What?? March right around the corner...Damnn!! Gotta pay these bills, LOL. To ease the past due pain I got a funky dope set for ya'll to rock to. Yeah man, Mexico, Ecuador, Columbia, Toronto and many more pit stop we gotta make to rock your headset. Yeah Bazarro on the mix and that's what it do. Make sure you pick up that new Cohen@Mushon album in stores, they from Israel. The legend Dj Krush is in the mix. I'm a stop talking. Let's go.!!!
‘Afrobeat L’Ayeraye’ is the latest release from Najite & Olokun Prophecy. The album represents a cross generational culmination of artistic talent inspired by Fela Kuti!
‘Fear Not For Man’ was written in the heat of Feal Kuti’s conflict with the military. The track is a provocation expressing Fela’s lack of fear in the face of brutality.
Umm, hold on. Yeah was just having a conversation with my friend about this crazy weather. U know how NYC is. 70's degrees one minute, 20 degrees the next, lol. So if you got cabin fever, stuck in the house, we got some good music for you to ease the mental pains. World hip hop is the cure. Set ya mind free and let's rock. Come on!!!
Fela Kuti’s four-song concert album ‘With GingerBaker-Live!’ features the equally volatile Cream drummer, who lived in Nigeria from 1970-76. Enjoy ‘Ye Ye de Smell!’
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!
Yes, yes what up? Feeling good out here on this lovely sunday. Tonight if you the nyc area. Come out to the Bowery Electric in manhattan. Dysfunkshunal Famileeis rocking with Hastyle, Napoleon Da Legend, Nina Azucar, Dj Cabin and more up and coming artists. It's free before 11pm. So get there if you can. In the meantime enjoy this great world hip-hop mix by the one and only Bazarro. Let's go!!! Music from around the world Craigggggggg!!!
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!
Honolulu based Good Foot is an 8 piece Kaka‘ako-based dance band rocking Soul, Funk & Afrobeat music! Enjoy their song ‘Well Mannered Fool!’
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.