afrobeat

Song of the Day: Asheru and The Funk Ark “Funky DC”

Posted by: DJ Stylus
Oct 02, 2014
Asheru

Asheru is one of the most consistently dope hip-hop artists DC has ever produced. On “Funky DC,” Asheru teams up with Washington’s own The Funk Ark for an afrobeat workout that pays fond tribute to the nation’s capital.

Song of the Day: Owiny Sigoma Band “Nyiduonge Drums”

Posted by: KC Higgins
Sep 23, 2014
Owiny Sigoma Band 2

Boss UK bass music by the Owiny Sigoma Band on Gilles Peterson‘s Brownswood Recordings label.

Sol Power Vinyl Crates live from Den Of Thieves

Posted by: DJ Stylus
Jul 25, 2014
Sol Power at Den Of Thieves

DJ Stylus and DJ Meistro of The Sol Power All-Stars kicked off The Vinyl District’s all vinyl monthly at Den Of Thieves with a night of deep, tropical wax. Get the set as a free download!

Song of the Day: Fat Freddy’s Drop “Mother Mother”

Posted by: DJ Stylus
Jul 24, 2014
Fat Freddy's Drop

“Mother, Mother” by Fat Freddy’s Drop is a sublime bit of electro afro-beat with the dub reggae DNA that informs most of the band’s sound. The album Blackbird reveals new bits of brilliance with every listen.

Song of the Day: Ernesto Djédjé “Ziboté”

Posted by: DJ Meistro
Jul 02, 2014
1977 zibote a

Ernesto Djédjé was a huge star on the Ivory Coast in his day and listening to “Ziboté,” it makes perfect sense. Catchy vocals, great instrumentation, groovy rhythms, and—although rare for West African records from the 70s—the recording is crystal clear and expertly mixed. One look at the cover and you know it’s gonna be funky.

Song of the Day: Monomono “Give the Beggar a Chance”

Posted by: DJ Meistro
Jun 04, 2014
monomono

Here’s a rare Afro rock-psych bomb from Nigeria’s Monomono. I was lucky enough to find a copy of this LP in Kano, Nigeria in 2009. Out of the whole stack of records I took home with me, this is probably my favorite, front to back. Rock solid Afro rock from the first track to the last.

Song of the Day: Spoek Mathambo “Let Them Talk”

Posted by: DJ Stylus
Apr 02, 2014
Spoek Mathambo

Spoek Mathambo is part of the vanguard of young, African artists rewriting all the rules of dance and pop music. “Let Them Talk” is reworked here from its original appearance on Mathambo’s debut album Mshini Wam.

Download: The Sol Power All-Stars Live at Bembe

Posted by: DJ Stylus
Feb 26, 2014
The Sol Power All-Stars Live at Bembe

Brooklyn’s Bembe has been one of the best places for DJ Meistro and me to play over the past year as The Sol Power All-Stars. Here’s an hour long slice of Sol Power getting busy. Free download!

Song of the Day: Mim Suleiman “Nyuli”

Posted by: KC Higgins
Feb 14, 2014
Mim Suleiman in the studio

I would describe “Nyuli” by Mim Suleiman as Swahili Nu-Disco / Word House, clearly distinct from the Deep House popular in South Africa.

Song of the Day: Tune-Yards “Bizness”

Posted by: KC Higgins
Jan 29, 2014
Merril

“Bizness” by the tUnE-yArDs gives me the excitement of hearing new sounds. One of the most amazing things about this music is that it’s largely made by just one person, Merrill Garbus.

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