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.
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
Like African music? Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: 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