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Sorie Kondi to SXSW

*Cross-posted at Africa is a Country A small team of folks (including myself) are trying to help raise funds to get Sorie Kondi to SXSW in Austin, Texas this upcoming March. If you’re unfamiliar with Sorie, check out the many profiles done on him c/o Vickie Remoe, the BBC, and We Own TV. His songs, […]

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Soundway sign Batida

Massive congratulations to our own Batida who have announced this week that they’re signing to Soundway Records to release their album internationally, the label home to so many of our favourite releases. The label, now branching out into some more modern styles of African music, Batida’s brilliant sampling of old 60’s Angolan semba tunes means […]

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Ben-ge Bangers

Madtraxx have just vaulted into my favorite East African producers slot (although Ogopa DJs tunes still jam, and Wawesh’s productions for Bamzigi are mad) Ita Wita was a good look, but I definitely slept on Skamaress. If you’ve been reading GBQ for anytime now, you should know we’re suckers for 70’s Rumba-Benga guitars over anything. […]

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La Makina del Karibe – ‘Maki Man’

A few months ago, A.J. Holmes played me his great remix of a champeta track ‘Maki Man’. Its finally been released along with some other banging remixes from our dudes Moroka, Daniel Haaksman and Hat & Hoodie. Like most Colombian champeta tracks it has a strong west african soukous flavour and can’t fail to cheer […]

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Wiley – Dem Na Kill Pon Sunday (Heatwave special)

Just when I thought 2011 had been a bit of an average year for bashment, The Heatwave drop this IMMENSE riddim with Wiley coming on like a grimey Tenor Saw. I don’t know where this one sprung from, at a guess Wiley’s collaboration on Showtime but its going to make my NYE. Big up The […]

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Vee – ‘Stagalash’

A nice new Kwaito-Kwasa jam from Botswana’s Vee. Via Victoria Blackshaw.

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Masalacism presents..Décaler Balani

Been waiting for some time for this! Balani is a little know style of Coupe Décaler out of Mali – To my ears it has a slightly more tribal and repetitive flow than the Ivorian style and often has the Balafon xylophone banging away under thundering drum machines. Like many other African dance music genres, […]

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Isa GT’s Navidades con Etoro 2011

Our homie Isa GT is one of the hardest working djs we know, playing across the world, directing videos, promoting nights and releasing music on Man Recordings. She has now launched her own label, Etoro records, and for the third release she has curated the first of an annual series of Christmas compilations. She says.. […]

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We’re massive fans of Brooklyn’s Old Money who just made this tight mixtape for Vanity Jukebox showcasing their excellent dj selections as well as their mic skills. Effortlessly blending kwaito, UK funky and soca, this features some of our favourite tunes of the year from Kes the Band, Isa GT and Boima’s brilliant coupe decale […]

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Flavour – Ashawo remix

A Sunny winter Saturday lunchtime in Brixton market and my favourite Nigerian music/dvd stall was blasting this Flavour track on a loop which meant battling the seasonal Christmas shopping crowds a bit more enjoyable. The album is up on itunes and elsewhere. Enjoy. Flavour – Ashawo remix

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