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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #5: JUST A BAND


We've been upping eclectic Nairobi trio Just A Band since day one — from the time their blaxploitation spoof became "Kenya's first viral hit" to their recent BLNRB collaborations and Okaysummer Party throw-downs.

For Africa In Your Earbuds #5, JAB's DJ Nairobi Dhobi (aka Dan) and DJ Bonyeza Kidude (aka Jim) hit us up with a 41-minute mix that plays in the vein of their group's cross-pollinating style — an afrofuturist blend of house, hip-hop, and funk that's almost impossible to pin down with genre specifics.

In crafting AIYE #5, the JAB boys mentioned wanting to integrate vinyl they listened to as kids in the 80s, showcase geographical diversity and, quite simply, make people dance. They succeed at all three, seamlessly weaving tracks by Ali Farka TouréBlack Coffee, Baaba MaalHugh MasekelaSam Fan Thomas, Little Dragon, SBTRKT and plenty more.

Stream and download Africa In Your Earbuds #5: Just A Band below!

And check out our OKATV episode following Just A Band's first New York visit.

TRACKLIST

1. Dela - "Ulivyo" (Kenya)

2. Vetkoek vs Mahoota - "Shukuma"

3. Psychedelic Nwomkro All-Stars (Kweku Ananse) - "Nwomkro Jam 2.0"

4. A Just A Band Mashup containing elements from of Little Dragon "Never Never (SBTRKT Remix)" and Yoko Kanno's "Fantasie Sign" from the Cowboy Bebop OST.

5. DJ Cleo - "Katu Katu"

6. Just A Band - "Heat (Demo)"

7. Jali Bakary Konteh - "Combination (Hat and Hoodie Remix)"

8. Another Just A Band Mashup containing elements from Black Coffee + Hugh Masekela - "We Are One (Louie Vega Remix)," and a katitu song.

9. A snip-up of Hugh Masekela performing Fela Kuti's "Lady"

10. Another snip-up of "Nanan" by Ali Farka Toure, Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour, Papa Wemba, Franco, Manu Dibango

11. A mild remix of Sam Fan Thomas' "Neng Makassi"

12. A mashup of "Freedom Is Coming Tomorrow" from the Sarafina! film soundtrack and dialogue from Tolu Ogunmefun's 7th episode of "Don't Jealous Me" ("Pronounce My Name - Shett Men!")

13. Sam Fan Thomas' "Noa"

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: STIMULUS, QOOL DJ MARV, SINKANE, CHIEF 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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