Audio

AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #45: LARRY ACHIAMPONG

Download an African music Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape from Larry Achiampong.


London-based producer Larry Achiampong stumbled onto our radar through his stellar More Mogya LP, in which he flipped vintage Ghanaian highlife records and placed them on top of alluring hip-hop beats. Larry wrote extensively on the creation, history and meaning of his Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape, so we'll let his words do the talking:

With this mixtape, I intended to... amalgamate moments from both my audible heritage and musical-related experiences of my upbringing. African music, especially highlife, were a strong part of my childhood. My parents did a good job in retaining... their collection of highlife jams that they brought from Ghana in the early 80s and would play such classics as Alhaji K. Frimpong’s KyenKyen Bi Adi M’awu. To hear that unmistakable crackle from the vinyl always gave me joy and for some reason I have since that moment continued to associate the vinyl crackle with the sound of something cooking in the kitchen. I think that is why I love playing vinyl, because of its strong connection to memory and ritual.

To... see my uncle crafting mixtapes by mixing highlife classics with American Disco and R&B was a sight in itself. I watched him like football fans might their favourite player – I could see how much he was in love with the sound and how it made him happy... I wanted to feel what he was feeling, to be in on the secret that had his spirit so sprung... My father also played in a band at a church that my family attended for many years in south London. One of the strangest things I found about this band was that they never really had rehearsals, all of the guys were family men and had to hold down their responsibilities with their full time jobs, but they sure didn’t sound like a band that never had time. They were always tight, they had that unique ability to jam and work into each other’s contour in a way that made you believe a higher spirit was with you.

Moments like the ones that I’ve described above as well as experiences like hearing my first hip-hop album in NaSIllmatic, listening to makeshift pirate radio stations… these pockets of experience are connected to [a] second thing that I wanted to do with this mixtape: to re-present some of those elements of nostalgia via my music production efforts.

Stream and download Larry Achiampong's Africa In Your Earbuds #45 mixtape below, which features Larry's original productions, a good amount of Madlib beats and plenty of vintage highlife. Big thanks to Underdog for the cover artwork [original photo of Larry Achiampong by Kate Keara Pelen]. Hear more gems from Larry Achiampong over at his bandcamp / facebook /website

TRACKLIST

1. "Hunting Theme" By Madlib

2. "Yafeu" By Madlib

3. "Twelve" By Mo' Kolours

4. "SlumBop" By FreshNerd & Tommy Rickard

5. "Osu A Meresu" By Atakora Manu

6. "Obiaa Ne Mre Bebe" By City Boys Band

7. "Bullwalk" By The Comrades

8. "Community" By Larry Achiampong

9. "Some Jokes Are Expensive" By Larry Achiampong

10. "Problematic" By OH NO

11. "Tuff N Smooth" By Al Quetz

12. "Harbour Song/ Asantehene Ceremonial Drums" (BBC field recording)

13. "Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu By Alhaji K. Frimpong

14. "Tamfo Nyi Ekyir" By Apagya Showband

15. "Hustler" By Tony Allen.

16. "Kulunmanqueleshi" By Mulatu Astatke

17. "Funeral Parlor" By OH NO

18. "Mandingo Swing" By Madlib

19. "Sew N' Reap" By Larry Achiampong

20. "WO BE KU ME" By Larry Achiampong

Like African music? Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: KYLA-ROSE SMITH OF FRESHLYGROUNDTHE GTWRADIO TANZANIAJON THEODOREDESMOND & THE TUTUSMATHIEU SCHREYER IIYOUNG FATHERSBBRAVE OF AKWAABAOLD MONEYDJ NEPTUNESAHEL SOUNDSBEATENBERGM1 [DEAD PREZ]BODDHI SATVAL’AFRIQUE SOM SYSTEMENOMADIC WAXTHE BROTHER MOVES ONLVBEN ASSITER [JAMES BLAKE'S DRUMMER]JAKOBSNAKECHRISTIAN TIGER SCHOOLSAUL WILLIAMSTUNE-YARDSMATHIEU SCHREYERBLK JKSALEC LOMAMIDJ MOMAAWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICAPETITE NOIROLUGBENGARICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA

Interview
Lueking Photos. Courtesy of emPawa Africa.

Interview: GuiltyBeatz Proves He's Truly 'Different'

The Ghanaian producer talks to us about his debut EP, Different, the massive success of "Akwaaba," producing for Beyoncé and more.

GuiltyBeatz isn't a new name in the Ghanaian music scene. A casual music fan's first introduction to him would've likely been years ago on "Sample You," one of Mr Eazi's early breakout hits. However, he had scored his first major hit two years before that, in the Nigerian music space on Jesse Jagz' and Wizkid's 2013 hit "Bad Girl." In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists.

In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists, having worked with the likes of Efya, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, R2Bees, Stonebwoy, Bisa Kdei, Wande Coal, Moelogo and many more over the last decade. The biggest break of the talented producer's career, however, came with the arrival of his own single "Akwaaba".

In 2018, GuiltyBeatz shared "Akwaaba" under Mr Eazi's Banku Music imprint, shortly afterwards the song and its accompanying dance went viral. The track and dance graced party floors, music & dance videos, and even church auditoriums all around the world, instantly making him one of Africa's most influential producers. Awards, nominations, and festival bookings followed the huge success of "Akwaaba." Then, exactly a year later, the biggest highlight of his career so far would arrive: three production credits on Beyoncé's album The Lion King: The Gift.

Keep reading... Show less
Audio

The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Juls, Busiswa, Davido, Nasty C, Olamide, Ethic, Bobi Wine and more

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.


Keep reading... Show less
popular
Image via Wikimedia Commons

Nollywood Actress, Funke Akindele, Arrested for Throwing Party During Coronavirus Lockdown

Naira Marley, who was also in attendance, has also turned himself in according to local reports.

Star Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, rapper JJC Skillz, were arrested on Monday after hosting a party at their home which violated Lagos' coronavirus lockdown order.

The actress came under fire over the weekend, when footage of a party she threw for her husband's birthday began circulating on social media. The clips showed several people, including fellow Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus and Nigerian rapper Naira Marley, gathered inside of Akindele's Lagos home. According to a report from Pulse Nigeria, Marley also turned himself in on Monday for attending the function and will be arraigned.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Screenshot from YouTube.

Watch Champagne69’s Music Video for ’15 Goons’

Champagne69 release a music video for their single '15 Goons.'

South African hip-hop duo Champagne69 shared a new music video for their single "15 Goons." The song was produced by NotBenjamin alongside Ezechiel (SorryZeke).

"15 Goons" is a minimalist 808 and bass-laden tune in which the duo glide with ease as they pay homage to their goons.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.