Chico Mann is the solo moniker of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra's guitarist/singer Marcos García. Raised in a Cuban householod in New York  — to a record store owner father and pianist mother — Chico grew up with all sorts of Afro-Cuban musical stimuli.

Among his favorites are Willie Colón, Lisa LisaAfrika Bambaataa, and of course Fela Kuti, whose Africa 70 band serves as the model for Antibalas. Chico brings this convergence of 1970s Afrobeat, 1980s Freestyle & Afro Cuban and mainstream to AIYE #11: Call and Response. In his own words,

"It's no secret that I love the funky, African music of the past.  It's an endless source of inspiration and in that spirit, I submit these selections. They are dominated by one band, It's no secret that I love the funky, African music of the past.

It's an endless source of inspiration and in that spirit, I submit these selections. They are dominated by one band, Orchestre Poly-Ritmo de Cotonou. The simple fact is that the band is amazing. They capture many moods, their scope is vast, and their musical concepts are fresh and highly relevant. If you've yet to hear them, now is the time."

Stream and download Chico Mann's  AIYE #11 below! And big up to Underdog for the incredible cover art!


1. Another Man's Thing - Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound (Nigeria)

2. Acid Rock - The Funkees (Nigeria)

3. Se We Non Nan - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)

4. Kenimania - Mono Mono (Nigeria)

5. Otachikpopo - Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies (Nigeria)

6. Mi Ve Wa Se - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)

7. Malin Kpon O - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)

8. Finger Toe - Tabukah X (Nigeria)

9. More Bread to the People - The Action 13 (Nigeria)

10. Na Mi Do Gbé Hué Nu - Honoré Avolonto (Benin)

11. Dancing Time - The Funkees (Nigeria)

12. Agboju Logun - Shina Williams & His African Percussionists (Nigeria)

13. Mi Ni Non Kpo - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)

14. Houe DJein Nada - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)

15. Vimado Wingnan - El Rego Et Ses Commandos (Benin)

16. Ma Dou Sou Nou Mia - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)

17. Noude Ma Gnin Tche De Me - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou  (Benin)



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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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