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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #18: DJ MOMA

Download DJ Moma's NY-meets-the-diaspora Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape, featuring music by Fatoumata Diawara, Keziah Jones and more.


DJ MOMA pulls the strings in this NY-meets-the-diaspora episode of Africa In Your Earbuds. The New York native's mix glides through classics from Fatoumata Diawara and two members of the Kuti family, placing them alongside modern joints from Janelle Monae, Neo Project #2 & Alsarah, Wunmi, and plenty more. MOMA put it best when explaining his mix to us:

This mixtape is an attempt at reconciling my Sudanese roots with my New York musical and dance culture upbringing. Half of the tracks are by African artists fusing elements of funk, soul and house in their production; and the remaining are by Western artists borrowing from African music or collaborating with African musicians and singers.

The overall texture is somewhat soulful and groovy, which is pretty consistent with my DJ "comfort zone" of classic New York house, disco, 80s/ 90s R&B and modern soul. I actually had fun crafting this mix and I really dig the end product: here's hoping the listener feels the same!

Stream and download DJ MOMA's AIYE #18 below! You can keep up with dude over at his official site to catch him spinning at a number of downtown spots. Big up to Underdog for the space-age cover art!

TRACKLIST

Al Salam Alena - Mounira Mitchala [CHAD]

Bissa - Fatoumata Diawara [COTE D'IVOIRE / MALI]

My Kinda Girl - Keziah Jones [NIGERIA]

Salam Nubia - Neo Project #2 & Alsarah [SUDAN / USA]

Filaw - Isaa Bagayogo [MALI]

Slave Masters - Seun Kuti [NIGERIA]

Funky Nassau - Orgone [USA]

Faster - Janelle Monae [USA]

Mista President - The Souljazz Orchestra [CANADA]

Beng Beng Beng - Femi Kuti [NIGERIA]

Oya O - Raw Artistic Soul feat Wunmi [NIGERIA / GERMANY]

Cantos a Ochun et Oya - Osunlade (Juan Valentine ReWork)[USA / NIGERIA]

Coro (The Colonial Mentality) (Kaos 6:23 Dark Mix) - Kerri Chandler [USA]

... Sahr Outro ... [SIERRA LEONE]

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: AWESOME 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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