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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #37: BBRAVE OF AKWAABA

Download a new Africa In Your Earbuds music mixtape from Akwaaba founder BBRAVE.


Paris/LA-bred Benjamin Lebrave aka BBRAVE is the founding force behind the forward-looking African music imprint Akwaaba Music and the voice behind Fader magazine's Lungu Lungu column. For years, BBRAVE's Accra-based Akwaaba label has been putting out releases from noteworthy names, and OKA site favorites, like Just A Band,  FOKN Bois, Chief Boima and most recently Art Melody.

In our latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds BBRAVE puts together a sublime mix that aims to reflect his live DJ club sets — though, as he points out, slightly tweaked with more tempo/mood changes for an audience tuning in on laptop speakers/headphones. "I purposely played almost nothing I've released," he wrote us, "Not too sure why, I think just 'cause I wanted to do something different. People familiar with me are usually even more familiar with the songs I release, so with this mix, whether people already know me or not, they will probably all be surprised by what they hear!"

Stream and download AIYE #37: BBRAVE and see some of his upcoming European tour dates below. Big thanks to Underdog for the cover artwork.

TRACKLIST

01 - BRADEZ - WOSSOP REMIX FEAT. KWAW KESE (GHANA)

02 - AJ OMO ALAJAH - GBELEMOR (NIGERIA / GHANA)

03 - BLACK MOTION - BANANE MAVOKO (DJ NAX REMIX) (ANGOLA / SOUTH AFRICA)

04 - OS OUSADOS - ASSIM VOCE ME MATA (DJ X-TRIO REMIX) (ANGOLA / BRAZIL)

05 - IYANYA - KUKERE (NIGERIA)

06 - R2BEES - DANCE FEAT. WIZKID (GHANA / NIGERIA)

07 - R2BEES - LIFE (WALAAHI) (GHANA)

08 - DR SLIM - S3K3 FEAT. DOBBLE (GHANA)

09 - PAULO STAFF - TOZA NA BONGO (ANGOLA / PORTUGAL)

10 - DJ ZNOBIA - AFRICA (ANGOLA)

11 - AJEBUTTER22 - SENRENRE (NIGERIA / UK)

12 - TCHOBOLY - MEU INDIO NOVO (ANGOLA)

13 - KAYSHA - DIAMONDS (FRANCE / DRC)

14 - JAY-Z - EXCUSE-ME MISS FEAT. PHARRELL (DJ LEO REMIX) (PORTUGAL / US)

15 - YOME - VIA FEAT WAZUSHI (KENYA)

16 - DIATA SYA - TONGO FEAT. OXMO PUCCINO (MALI / FRANCE)

17 - DJ KARFOX - FODENCIA MASSACRE (PORTUGAL)

18 - MCK - NZALA FEAT. PAULO FLORES (ANGOLA)

19 - LOURDES VAN DUNEM - MONAMI (ANGOLA)

20 - MAN VU & PASSARINHO - CANTAS PORQUE? (ANGOLA)

21 - KILLAMU - TCHILU (DJ ZNOBIA REMIX) (ANGOLA)

22 - 2WO 1NE - VITUMBUWA (ZAMBIA)

23 - DJ LEO - CHIEUSE (COTE D'IVOIRE)

BBRAVE Tour Dates

May 4: Muelheim

May 17: berlin

May 19: berlin

June 1: cologne

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