Nic Offer is the frontman of the NYC indie-dance music pioneers !!! (Chk Chk Chk), one of the standout acts that came out of New York’s mid-2000’s dance-punk movement which also included The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem.
For Africa In Your Earbuds #46 Nic compiled a 59-minute batch of upbeat tracks he acquired off West African cellphone memory cards — like they do in Saharan Cellphones. His mixtape features some familiar names like May D and E.L., as well as some unidentified cuts (which we urge you guys to locate in the comments). Nic wrote us about his mix:
I just got back from a trip through a few countries in West Africa. I didn’t see a single record store the whole time I was there, but i did buy an SD card in the market in Freetown, Sierra Leone loaded up with a bunch of the latest hits from West Africa. Some of the tracks don’t have names,… I figured out what i could from sleuthing on the internet, but some things are still unclear… By chance I ended up at a studio with a Sierra Leone artist, Daddy Rhymes, and we recorded the last song together, so I’ve included that.
Stream AIYE #46: Nic Offer of !!! below! Big thanks to Underdog for the cover art.
First of All – Olamide (Nigeria)
Ar Go Die Wan Day – Patman
Make A Family – Camouflage?
Bad Heart – ???
Jigida – Mayam Haruna (Nigeria)
Koenam – Akpako (Ghana)
Obuu Mo – E.L. (Ghana)
If You Are An African – Nana Tee (feat. Old Soldja) (Ghana)
Sound Track – May D (Nigeria)
Kpei – Bobby (Sierra Leone)
Sorkode – Keche (Ghana)
Wengeze – Eazzy (Ghana)
Ile Ijo – May D (Nigeria)
Track 2 – ???
2 All My Girls – Daddy Rhymes and Nic (Sierra Leone and USA)
Like African music? Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: LARRY ACHIAMPONG, KYLA-ROSE SMITH OF FRESHLYGROUND, THE GTW, RADIO TANZANIA, JON THEODORE, DESMOND & THE TUTUS, MATHIEU SCHREYER II, YOUNG FATHERS, BBRAVE OF AKWAABA, OLD MONEY, DJ NEPTUNE, SAHEL SOUNDS, BEATENBERG, M1 [DEAD PREZ], BODDHI SATVA, L’AFRIQUE SOM SYSTEME, NOMADIC WAX, THE BROTHER MOVES ON, LV, BEN ASSITER [JAMES BLAKE'S DRUMMER], JAKOBSNAKE, CHRISTIAN TIGER SCHOOL, SAUL WILLIAMS, TUNE-YARDS, MATHIEU SCHREYER, BLK JKS, ALEC LOMAMI, DJ MOMA, AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA, PETITE NOIR, OLUGBENGA, RICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANN, DJ UNDERDOG, DJ OBAH, SABINE, BROTHA ONACI, DJ AQBT, JUST A BAND, STIMULUS, QOOL DJ MARV, SINKANE, CHIEF BOIMA