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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #6: DJ AQBT

DJ AQBT's offers a 50-minute Afro-tinged house mix featuring cuts from Burkina Electric, Tinariwen, Nickodemus, Souljazz Orchestra and Kokolo Afrobeat, and plenty more.


DJ AQBT (AQuaBeaT) is a veteran spinner of Haitian descent raised in the predominantly West Indian neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. His concoction of deep electronic beats and global dance rhythms is influenced by a wide range of acts — he cites the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation, German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, and the avant-garde synthpop of Art of Noise as leaving a mark on his eclectic style.

In Africa In Your Earbuds #6, AQBT offers up a 50-minute Afro-tinged house mix featuring cuts from Burkina Faso's first electronic group Burkina Electric, Mali desert nomads Tinariwen, Turntables On The Hudson's Nickodemus, afrobeat collectives Souljazz Orchestra and Kokolo Afrobeat, and plenty more.

Props to Underdog for the always dope artwork. Peep the full tracklist (AQBT was good enough to share links to spots where you can purchase the individual tunes) and stream/download Africa In Your Earbuds #6: DJ AQBT below!

AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #6: DJ AQBT by okayafrica

TRACKLIST

1. "Afrocentric Intro" - Nickodemus

2. "Subversive Mantra" - Dj. Aqbt (Unreleased)

3. "Back From Afrika (Derek Sessions remix)" - Nickodemus

4. Fefe Naa Efe (Boddhi Satva's Ancestral Soul edit) - Fela Kuti (Nigeria)

5. Tryptich - Santos

6. Awukhu Muzi - Blaq Soul & Busi Mhlongo (South Africa)

7. Kuar (Olof Dreijer remix) - Emmanuel Jal (South Sudan)

8. Ligbi - Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso)

9. Mugambi (RJ Duran edit v Dj.Aqbt) - Soul Jazz Orchestra

10. The Magnificent Seven - Kokolo Afrobeat

11. Soixante Trois (D'oke Tranz mix) - Tinariwen (Mali)

12. Yamma Jatta - Jolla Tribe

13. Lagos Nigeria - Zaka Percussion

Catch DJ AQBT's GetOpen Sessions Radio Mondays 2-4pm for Afro house, deep house, soul, world and dance classics at Dance Gruv.

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: JUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA.

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