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  • Oy - “No Problem Saloon” (Ghana)

    “It isn’t trouble who is seeking human being. It is human being who is seeking trouble.”

    Oy and her masked co-conspirator Lleluja-Ha (Photo credit: Zoë Noble ) It’s not every album where...

  • The Brother Moves On

    5 reasons you should listen to “A New Myth” by one of the most exciting live acts in South Africa

    The Brother Moves On at the Amphitheatre, Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa “Before we continue I want...

  • Sauti Sol - "Utapenda"

    New Sauti Sol collabo with Tanzania's finest Rashid aka Hussein Machozi: "Utapenda”

    Sauti Sol member Bien-Aime Baraza with Rashid aka Hussein Machozi Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol find out this...

  • Somi - Fallen

    A gift for the month of November

    Somi Enjoy it while it’s up! East African songbird Somi (Rwandan and Ugandan roots, but now shuttling...

  • Elom 20ce - "Castration Mentale"

    "Our leaders behave when they don't use their brains, submitting our countries to the will of western nations, ..."

    Elom 20ce The last time we spoke to Togolese emcee Elom 20ce , he'd just released Analgézik , an...

  • Can I kick it? Yes, you can!

    The Heroes: A Mozambican Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest

    It's gone full circle. The rhythm that would one day form part of Hip hop's DNA landed on America's shores with the...

  • Blitz the Ambassador

    Internationally Known ft. Sarkodie (Kriswontwo Remix)

    Yet more goodness from the house of Blitz . It's not that other musicians are on leave so that Ghanaian lyricist...

  • Download GospelOnDeBeatz's "Celebrate"

    In-demand producer GospelOnDeBeatz drops his first single, and it's juicy!

    GospelOnDeBeatz (L) and Burna Boy He's responsible for creating the instrumental for Davido's All of You , but...

  • Writing Invisibility

    Why sex workers should be recognised as feminists, and other thought-provoking essays about the hidden city

    Few think of slums as places where people have an interest in books, reading or education. Our stereotypes are...

  • Chimurenga Chronic

    The new issue hitting the streets this week

    Published by Chimurenga, the Chronic is quarterly pan African gazette that gives voice to all aspects of life on the...

  • Francis Bebey remixed

    The electronic music of a Cameroonian musician who was ahead of his time

    Francis Bebey in his studio A fascinating and oddly addictive compilation was released last year. It was a...

  • Fofoulah: "Bene Bop"

    Debut EP by West African urban groove masters

    Vocalist Biram Seck of Fofoulah Senegalese vocals, West African polyrhythms, dub basslines, sci-fi synths, raw...

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  • “Remember who we are” – DJ Zhao’s NGOMA Classic 2 - Afrobeat

    Since Fela’s voice is much cooler than mine, I have switched out my intro with his, and this mix originally made to promote BlackBox number 1 has grown into a proper NGOMA release – with a few changes and much new goodness, including two wicked special edits – one of the Ethio classic by Mahmoud Ahmed (following a funktastic number by Berlin’s own Woima Collective ), and another of a very unique cosmic disco track by the techno-head Lego Welt ’s Afrocentric alter ego Nacho Patrol . Old version of this mix can still be heard here . more >