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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #51: ZACH COWIE

Download the latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds, our African mixtapes series, from Zach Cowie aka Turquoise Wisdom.


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Los Angeles based Zach Cowie aka Turquoise Wisdom is a self-described "former record label dude turned DJ & music supervisor/consultant" who boasts an astonishingly deep record collection. Though his records span multiple genres and decades, Cowie's developed an affinity for vintage & modern African vinyl, which you can catch him spinning alongside his DJ partner and AIYE alum Elijah Wood as Wooden Wisdom.

For our 51st installment of Africa In Your Earbuds Zach Cowie strung together an 80-minute mixtape featuring tunes from the Lijadu Sisters, William Onyeabor and Kiki Gyan, as well as remixes from the likes of Four Tet and Daphni"There are few things I like more than records from Africa," Cowie tells us, "for this particular mix I kept the focus on late 70s/early 80s disco/boogie/electronic party vibes (with a handful of newer edits thrown in for good measure). Everything is mixed from vinyl except for the intro track. Hope all find something you like in here"

Stream and download AIYE #51: Zach Cowie's below. Make sure to check out the tracklist and all of our previous Africa In Your Earbuds mixtapes listed underneath.

TRACKLIST [Artist - Track - Album - Label - Origin]

1. Salome Nolega & Girls - "Mulima Hale" - Kenyan Songs and Strings 1950 & 1952 - Sharp Wood - Kenya

2. Lijadu Sisters - "Not Any Longer" - Double Trouble - Shanachie - Nigeria

3. Francis Bebey - "The Coffee Cola Song" - African Electronic Music 1975-1982 - Born Bad - Cameroon

4. Harari - "Party" - Supafrico Vol 1 - Supafrico - South Africa

5. Kiki Gyan - "Disco Dancer" - 24 Hours In A Disco - Soundway - Ghana

6. Joe Moks - "Boys And Girls" - Brand New Wayo - Comb & Razor - Nigeria

7. Agar Story - "Christina Lover (Sofrito Edit)" - Tropical Discotheque Ep Vol. 2 - Sofrito - ?

8. Jombo - "Squeeze Me" - Pure Pleasure - Tembo - Nigeria

9. KH (aka Four Tet) - "The track i've been playing that people keep asking about..." - 12" - Text - UK

10. Cos Ber Zam - "Ne Noya (Daphni Edit)" - 12" - Jiaolong - Togo

11. Tiyiselani Yomaseve - "Yanghoma" - Shangaan Electro New Wave Dance Music From South Africa - Honest Jon's - South Africa

12. Ata Kak - "Daa Nyinaa (Noema's Tribute Edit) - African Shakedown - African Shakedown - Ghana

13. Black Soul - "Mangous Ye (12" Disco Version)" - Supafrico Vol. 6 - Supafrico - Dakar

14. N'draman Blintch - "I First 'U' Last" - Cikamele - Cosmic Sounds - Nigeria

15. William Onyeabor - "Everyday" - Anything You Sow - Wilifilms - Nigeria

Like African mixtapes? Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds:

ELIJAH WOOD — KOOL A.D. — SOL POWER ALL-STARS — DJ NUNAS — NIC OFFER OF !!! — LARRY ACHIAMPONG — KYLA-ROSE SMITH OF FRESHLYGROUND— THE GTW — RADIO TANZANIA — JON THEODORE — DESMOND & THE TUTUS — MATHIEU SCHREYER II — YOUNG FATHERS — BBRAVE OF AKWAABA — OLD MONEY — DJ NEPTUNE — SAHEL SOUNDS — BEATENBERG — M1 [DEAD PREZ] — BODDHI SATVA — L’AFRIQUE SOM SYSTEME — NOMADIC WAX —  THE BROTHER MOVES ON — LV — BEN ASSITER [JAMES BLAKE'S DRUMMER] — JAKOBSNAKE — CHRISTIAN TIGER SCHOOL — SAUL WILLIAMS — TUNE-YARDS — MATHIEU SCHREYER — BLK JKS — ALEC LOMAMI — DJ MOMA — AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA — PETITE NOIR — OLUGBENGA — RICH MEDINA — VOICES OF BLACK — LAMIN FOFANA — CHICO MANN — DJ UNDERDOG — DJ OBAH — SABINE — BROTHA ONACI — DJ AQBT — JUST A BAND — STIMULUS — QOOL DJ MARV — SINKANE — CHIEF BOIMA

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This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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