Africa In Your Earbuds


DJ AQBT's offers a 50-minute Afro-tinged house mix featuring cuts from Burkina Electric, Tinariwen, Nickodemus, Souljazz Orchestra and Kokolo Afrobeat, and plenty more.

DJ AQBT (AQuaBeaT) is a veteran spinner of Haitian descent raised in the predominantly West Indian neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. His concoction of deep electronic beats and global dance rhythms is influenced by a wide range of acts — he cites the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation, German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, and the avant-garde synthpop of Art of Noise as leaving a mark on his eclectic style.

In Africa In Your Earbuds #6, AQBT offers up a 50-minute Afro-tinged house mix featuring cuts from Burkina Faso's first electronic group Burkina Electric, Mali desert nomads Tinariwen, Turntables On The Hudson's Nickodemus, afrobeat collectives Souljazz Orchestra and Kokolo Afrobeat, and plenty more.

Props to Underdog for the always dope artwork. Peep the full tracklist (AQBT was good enough to share links to spots where you can purchase the individual tunes) and stream/download Africa In Your Earbuds #6: DJ AQBT below!



1. "Afrocentric Intro" - Nickodemus

2. "Subversive Mantra" - Dj. Aqbt (Unreleased)

3. "Back From Afrika (Derek Sessions remix)" - Nickodemus

4. Fefe Naa Efe (Boddhi Satva's Ancestral Soul edit) - Fela Kuti (Nigeria)

5. Tryptich - Santos

6. Awukhu Muzi - Blaq Soul & Busi Mhlongo (South Africa)

7. Kuar (Olof Dreijer remix) - Emmanuel Jal (South Sudan)

8. Ligbi - Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso)

9. Mugambi (RJ Duran edit v Dj.Aqbt) - Soul Jazz Orchestra

10. The Magnificent Seven - Kokolo Afrobeat

11. Soixante Trois (D'oke Tranz mix) - Tinariwen (Mali)

12. Yamma Jatta - Jolla Tribe

13. Lagos Nigeria - Zaka Percussion

Catch DJ AQBT's GetOpen Sessions Radio Mondays 2-4pm for Afro house, deep house, soul, world and dance classics at Dance Gruv.


"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

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