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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #12: LAMIN FOFANA

Lamin Fofana crafts "music without category out of found sounds, human voices, digital synthesizers, analog synthesizers and drum machines."


Sierra Leone-raised NY producer — and Dutty Artz familia — Lamin Fofana crafts "music without category out of found sounds, human voices, digital synthesizers, analog synthesizers and drum machines."

He handles the decks on Africa In Your Earbuds #12, delivering a slow burning eerie concoction of cuts from the likes of Sade, Cesária Évora (RIP) and some of his own edits. In Lamin's own words:

There wasn't a great deal of digging for this mixtape. All the songs and sounds presented here [come] directly from my phone/portable media player. These are the songs I enjoy listening to while riding the subway or walking around Brooklyn and Manhattan. It's fairly calm, maybe a little dark.

There's a little obscure edit of... Drexciya's "Unknown Journey I" ... I added this extremely beautiful vocal from a Malian singer. It's a raw field recording from a Sublime Frequencies compilation from some years back.

Lamin Fofana just released the excellent Dubious Prey EP which you can grab from UK imprint Sticks "N" Stones. Stream and download AIYE #12: Lamin Fofana below!

TRACKLIST

- Remi Kabaka / Black Goddess // Nigeria

- Sophia Shibabaw / Oh Enie Man Negne // Ethiopia

- Mark Ernestus Meets BBC // Germany, South Africa

- Selia And His Accordion / Tondo Muya // Sierra Leone

- Cesaria Evora / Sodade // Cape Verde

- Sade - The Sweetest Taboo // England, Nigeria

- Drexciya / Unknown Journey I (Lamin Fofana Original Autorail Edit) // Somewhere deep in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Mali, West Africa

- Bembeya Jazz National / Petit Sekou // Guinea

- Sekouba Bambino with Kandia Kouyate / Doumaya // Guinea

- Lamin Fofana / A Room in Brooklyn // Sierra Leone, sometimes Guinea

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA.

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