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Que Bajo Records Releases 'Angola Ting' EP Perfectly Timed with the Afro-Latino Fest in NYC

NYC global bass pioneers Uproot Andy and Geko Jones retrace Semba’s Trans-Atlantic roots in Cuban rumba.

Que Bajo Records drops Angola Ting EP, featuring two golden-era, Angolan semba tracks remixed by New York global bass pioneers Uproot Andy and Geko Jones.


Their releases are aptly timed with the 3-day long Afro-Latino Festival happening in NYC this weekend.

The producer-DJs retrace the roots of Semba—traditional and modern Congolese and Angolan tango—and its trans-Atlantic connection to Cuba’s rumba, but in a modern framework.

“Angolan semba has what seems to be a very Latin sound to our ears and aside from just loving these songs we felt they worked really well in our dj sets as a bridge between Latin music and African music,” Uproot Andy and Geko Jones tells Okayafrica in a statement. “Remixing these tracks seemed like a perfect way to both recall the historical connection and also bring together modern Latin and African electronic music.”

Angola Ting EP is characterized by Afro-house and Dominican dembow rhythms that not only bang in the club but also honor the swing and emotion of the originals.

Be sure to hit up the Afro-Latino Festival from July 8 to 10, featuring stage acts Nina Sky, Maluca, Nickodemus, Rich Medina, Madame Vacile, El Freaky Colectivo, DJ Jigüe, Bulla el Barrio and QUE BAJO?! resident and co-founder GekoJones. In the meantime, check out Uproot Andy and Geko Jones’ jams below:

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Tay Iwar. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem

In a rare interview, the reclusive Nigerian singer and producer talks in-depth about writing and producing his new EP 1997, his forthcoming album Gemini and Nigeria's 'Alté' movement.

Tay Iwar wants some space. The word is the title of one of three songs on his new EP and also one that comes up during our interview, conducted via voice notes and texts on Whatsapp from his base in Abuja—a long way from Lagos which remains Nigeria's music hub.

The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

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Photo: Dancers of the Asociación Cultural Afro Chincha Perú via Wikimedia Commons

After Decades of Erasure, Afro-Peruvians Will Finally be Counted in the National Census

Despite an Afro-Peruvian cultural resurgence not a lot has been done to increase the population's visibility on a political level.

In 2009, Peru became the first Latin American country to issue an official public apology to its afrodescendiente population for centuries of "abuse, exclusion, and discrimination." Since then, many have criticized it as more of a symbolic gesture, especially for its failure to mention slavery. It was also seen as a way for the government to highlight Afro-Peruvian culture over making any substantive improvements to the material conditions of Afro-Peruvian communities.

Enter the census, which can play an important role in compelling the Peruvian government to address systemic inequality related to education, poverty, and health. Unfortunately, the last time Peru made a formal attempt to keep track of its African descended population via the census was in 1940.

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Watch Kuami Eugene's Vibrant Music Video "Meji Meji" Featuring Davido

This Ghanaian and Nigerian link up will make your day.

Ghana's Kuami Eugene has been an artist to watch—especially as he shows himself to hold his own on collab tracks.

The music video for his latest, "Meji Meji" featuring Davido, is here. Its upbeat vibe shines through as the two crooners go about their day in Ghana, singing sweet nothings to their love interests.

"Meji Meji" was produced by Fresh VDM, with the video directed by Twitch & Rex.

Take a look at the vibrant video below.

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