afrobeat

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

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

I didn’t see Blackbird on many 2013 year end lists and that’s a shame, because this album by New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop reveals new bits of brilliance with every listen. I’m one of the fanatics that evangelizes for this band. “Mother, Mother” is a sublime bit of electro afro-beat with the dub reggae DNA […]

Song of the Day: Ernesto Djédjé “Ziboté”

Posted by: DJ Meistro
Jul 02, 2014
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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
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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.

Download: live mix from Upstairs at Marvin [06.15.2012]

Posted by: DJ D-Mac
Jan 07, 2014
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Digging through the mix archives, I unearthed and edited this early evening segment of a live set from summer 2012.

Dimitri From Paris joins All Good Funk Alliance and The Sol Power All Stars tonight at U Street Music Hall

Posted by: DJ D-Mac
Jan 03, 2014
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An absolutely amazing night of house music, from the afro- and Latin-flavored deep sounds of The Sol Power All Stars (complete with live percussion, as always), to the funky electronic-tinged house of All Good Funk Alliance, to the classic, deep, and soulful house that Dimitri From Paris calls his stock-in-trade. This is a do-not-miss night!

Back on the Ice

Posted by: DJ D-Mac
Dec 05, 2013
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DJ D-Mac & Associates are back with the rinkside beats every Thursday, December 5th thru February 27th, at the skating rink in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art!

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