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Paris/LA-bred Benjamin Lebrave aka BBRAVE is the founding force behind the forward-looking African music imprint Akwaaba Music and the voice behind Fader magazine’s Lungu Lungu column. For years, BBRAVE’s Accra-based Akwaaba label has been putting out releases from noteworthy names, and OKA site favorites, like Just A Band,  FOKN Bois, Chief Boima and most recently Art Melody.

In our latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds BBRAVE puts together a sublime mix that aims to reflect his live DJ club sets — though, as he points out, slightly tweaked with more tempo/mood changes for an audience tuning in on laptop speakers/headphones. “I purposely played almost nothing I’ve released,” he wrote us, “Not too sure why, I think just ’cause I wanted to do something different. People familiar with me are usually even more familiar with the songs I release, so with this mix, whether people already know me or not, they will probably all be surprised by what they hear!”

Stream and download AIYE #37: BBRAVE and see some of his upcoming European tour dates below. Big thanks to Underdog for the cover artwork.

TRACKLIST
01 – BRADEZ – WOSSOP REMIX FEAT. KWAW KESE (GHANA)
02 – AJ OMO ALAJAH – GBELEMOR (NIGERIA / GHANA)
03 – BLACK MOTION – BANANE MAVOKO (DJ NAX REMIX) (ANGOLA / SOUTH AFRICA)
04 – OS OUSADOS – ASSIM VOCE ME MATA (DJ X-TRIO REMIX) (ANGOLA / BRAZIL)
05 – IYANYA – KUKERE (NIGERIA)
06 – R2BEES – DANCE FEAT. WIZKID (GHANA / NIGERIA)
07 – R2BEES – LIFE (WALAAHI) (GHANA)
08 – DR SLIM – S3K3 FEAT. DOBBLE (GHANA)
09 – PAULO STAFF – TOZA NA BONGO (ANGOLA / PORTUGAL)
10 – DJ ZNOBIA – AFRICA (ANGOLA)
11 – AJEBUTTER22 – SENRENRE (NIGERIA / UK)
12 – TCHOBOLY – MEU INDIO NOVO (ANGOLA)
13 – KAYSHA – DIAMONDS (FRANCE / DRC)
14 – JAY-Z – EXCUSE-ME MISS FEAT. PHARRELL (DJ LEO REMIX) (PORTUGAL / US)
15 – YOME – VIA FEAT WAZUSHI (KENYA)
16 – DIATA SYA – TONGO FEAT. OXMO PUCCINO (MALI / FRANCE)
17 – DJ KARFOX – FODENCIA MASSACRE (PORTUGAL)
18 – MCK – NZALA FEAT. PAULO FLORES (ANGOLA)
19 – LOURDES VAN DUNEM – MONAMI (ANGOLA)
20 – MAN VU & PASSARINHO – CANTAS PORQUE? (ANGOLA)
21 – KILLAMU – TCHILU (DJ ZNOBIA REMIX) (ANGOLA)
22 – 2WO 1NE – VITUMBUWA (ZAMBIA)
23 – DJ LEO – CHIEUSE (COTE D’IVOIRE)

BBRAVE Tour Dates
May 4: Muelheim
May 17: berlin
May 19: berlin
June 1: cologne

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