Ben Assister is James Blake's drummer and he presents his african music favorites
When he’s not touring as James Blake‘s drummer, percussionist/DJ Ben Assister can be found playing with London outfits Ruby and The Vines and Fur. Assiter developed an interest in African music through friends, which was cemented by a musical pilmigrage to Senegal and Mali. He tells us, “As a musician, and particularly as a drummer, I find it difficult not to be inspired by the wealth of different music that has come out of the African continent.”

In Africa In Your Earbuds #26, Ben Assiter compiles a meditative, all-vinyl mix. The mixtape features a premiere of “Biannual Coffee Cups” by his group Fur, as well as tunes by Ruby and The Vines, Thomas Mapfumo, The Wings, and Owiny Sigoma Band. There’s also a batch of tracks from around the globe:

I’ve included tracks from other parts of the world that demonstrate different forms of engagement with Africa. Technology has clearly had a big part in facilitating such cultural interactions… , and although I’ve been lucky enough to travel in Africa, the internet has definitely played a massive role in my African musical education. For me, several of the tracks have origins particularly close to home. There’s a small but lively African music scene in London, be it involving African artists who have relocated here, or local musicians who have been influenced by various African forms. I’ve picked a few tracks to play here which I feel have African inspirations below the surface somehow.

Londoners can catch James Blake’s drummer, Ben Assiter, spinning at 1-800-Dinosaur, a new biweekly night at the sonic mecca Plastic People. Stream/download AIYE #26: Ben Assiter below. Hats-off to Underdog for the cover artwork.

TRACKLIST
Jarabi – Toumani Diabate [MALI]
Sanu Maakaan – Guelewar [GAMBIA]
Xale – Mark Ernestus presents Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta Seck [SENEGAL/GERMANY]
Little Big Or Small – United Vibrations [UK]
Gone With The Sun – The Wings [NIGERIA]
Red Storm – Ruby And The Vines [UK]
Paulina (Pt. 1) – Orchestra Les Wanyika [KENYA/TANZANIA]
Biannual Coffee Cups – FUR [UK]
Butsu Mutandarika – Thomas Mapfumo [ZIMBABWE]
Odera Lwar – Owiny Sigoma Band [UK/KENYA]
Let Me Love You – Bunny Mack [SIERRA LEONE]
Stay Up Zimbabwe – Brother Valentino [TRINIDAD & TOBAGO]
Last Chance Dub (Joe Ariwa feat. Annie Brown) – Val Veneto [ARGENTINA/UK]

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: JAKOBSNAKE, CHRISTIAN TIGER SCHOOLSAUL WILLIAMSTUNE-YARDSMATHIEU SCHREYERBLK JKSALEC LOMAMIDJ MOMAAWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICAPETITE NOIROLUGBENGA, RICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA.

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  • Nyasha says:
    September 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    can anyone id the tune that comes in around 19.47, the ‘sky was kicking up a red storm one’ really love it, would love to know who it’s by if anyone can help me.

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      Anon Ymous says:
      September 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Red Storm – Ruby and the vines

    Nivverydelivery says:
    September 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Brilliant! Where can i find these songs in single tracks? “Biannual Coffee Cups – Fur” is a must have! Also “Gone With The Sun – The Wings”

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      September 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Hi Nivverydelivery, I also play in FUR and just wanted to say hello and thanks for the kind comments!

      At the moment Bi-Annual Coffee Cups is only available as part of Ben’s OkayAfrica mix, but we will be doing a proper release in the near future, probably an EP or album as well!

      stay in touch and up to date at http://www.fur-real.org, and https://twitter.com/FURhiphop

      Thanks so much!

    Ben V says:
    September 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Brilliant mix, will be reaching 1-800-Dinosaur in the hope of hearing Xale on Plastic People’s supreme system. An incredible track.

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