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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #13: VOICES OF BLACK


Voices of Black is a Providence, RI production duo comprised of Baba Ali and Jules Born. The two craft innovative electronic concoctions that have been featured alongside labelmate and friend Nicolas Jaar as well as in fashion house Yves Saint Laurent ads.

For Africa In Your Earbuds #13, Baba Ali — whose father grew up in Nigeria as a relative to the Kuti family — gives us a slow burning excursion into "how Africa often exists in the mind as a concept... [as] an idea in the same way that one would consider blackness."

The mixtape's first 15 minutes are low-key and pensive, patiently building to a captivating Afrofuturist progression. On his choice of cuts Baba states,

"I sourced music from the African diaspora and also artists that are considered to exist outside of any perceived sphere of "African" existence or identity. The result was a musical journey across the globe —starting in South Africa, to Paris, Minnesota, Peru, Nigeria, Germany, NY, Brazil, and then finally, Japan."

Stream and download AIYE # 13: Voices of Black below! And a big up to Underdog for hooking up the cover art!

TRACKLIST

Abdullah Ibrahim - Ishmael

Al Quetz aka Quetzal - Stolen Land (The Imf Vs Africa)

Nomo - Nocturne

Faraón Bantú - Westbound Train (feat. Quantic)

Tony Allen - Asiko

Faraón Bantú - Macaco Mata el Toro (Batata Remix) [feat. Nova Lima]

Henrik Schwarz & Amampondo - I Exist Because of You (Henrik Schwarz Live Version)

Push/Pull featuring Buster Phott - Zulu Man (We're One Nation)

Push/Pull featuring Rebal 3 - Bang the Drums

Barbatuques - Num Deu Pra Credita

kaoru inoue - Kamui Fuchi [feat. D.G (Loveight)]

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

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

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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