Audio

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.

Audio
(Youtube)

7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Former President of Botswana Ian Khama Condemns Zimbabwean Government

Former Botswana President Ian Khama has condemned Zimbabwe's government and joined solidarity with #ZimbabweanLivesMatter.