Africa In Your Earbuds

AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #37: BBRAVE OF AKWAABA

Download a new Africa In Your Earbuds music mixtape from Akwaaba founder BBRAVE.


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

Like African music? Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: OLD MONEYDJ NEPTUNESAHEL SOUNDSBEATENBERGM1 [DEAD PREZ]BODDHI SATVAL’AFRIQUE SOM SYSTEMENOMADIC WAXTHE BROTHER MOVES ONLVBEN ASSITER [JAMES BLAKE'S DRUMMER]JAKOBSNAKECHRISTIAN TIGER SCHOOLSAUL WILLIAMSTUNE-YARDSMATHIEU SCHREYERBLK JKSALEC LOMAMIDJ MOMAAWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICAPETITE NOIROLUGBENGARICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA

Music
Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

Keep reading... Show less
Music
Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

South African rapper Nasty C just released the visuals to "Allow," his collaboration with French Montana. The song is featured on Bad Hair Extensions, the re-release of Bad Hair, the Durban-born rapper's debut album.

Keep reading... Show less
Video
Courtesy of Jojo Abot.

Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.