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Afro Soca mixtape cover. Photo by Sean Maung.

You Need To Hear This New 'Afro Soca' Mixtape

DJ Jam Central lays down an extensive journey into the cross-continental sounds of 'Afro Soca' for LargeUp's Mixtape Series .

'Afro Soca' is the new hybrid of African and Caribbean sounds that has been taking over dance floors on both sides of the Atlantic. The style lives at the intersection of afrobeats and soca, as heard in genre crossovers and collaborations like Runtown, Wizkid & Walshy Fire's “Bend Down Pause" and Olatunji's “Oh Yay."


In this new mixtape, DJ Jam Central lays down an extensive journey into the cross-continental sounds of 'Afro Soca' for the first installment of LargeUp's Mix Series. Speaking to LargeUp on the early origins of the genre DJ Jam Central mentions:

"I will say it began in the 70s with Ras Shorty when he created soca music, fusing African rhythms and calypso with Indian rhythms. If you look at a lot of Ras Shorty songs from early, it had heavy African riddims...Of late, I started noticing when Machel did “Possessed" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. That stood out to show that this is a direction the music was going and then Olatunji [when] he directed his imagery and everything towards being very Afrocentric."

The term 'Afro Soca' was initially coined by dancer, choreographer, and original Fela! cast member Shakira Marshall (who graces the mixtape's cover art) for her Brooklyn dance class.

Stream LargeUp Mix Series Vol. 1: Afro Soca Mixed By DJ Jam Central below and see the full track list underneath.

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#LGBTRightsGhana: Ghanaians Rally Support For the LGBT+ Community

Pro-LGBT+ advocacy in Ghana is at an all-time high as members of the community face public backlash.

The LGBT+ community in the West African country of Ghana is a fast growing group, but they are also highly marginalized. In recent times, the nation's LGBT+ population has faced increased backlash from members of Ghana's society who are opposed to the rights of the community. Many members of the community are forced to live secret or suppressed lives, as those who are open about their sexuality face discrimination and oppression in various forms and degrees, as a result of living in a society that lacks progressiveness and regard for basic human rights for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation.

At the moment both the backlash and the advocacy for the cause is currently at a climax, sparked by recent events concerning Ghana's LGBT+ support group and the public opposition against it by Ghana's society and the nation's government. Ghana's official LGBT+ support group, called LGBT+ Rights Ghana, established their headquarters in Accra on January 31, 2021. The office was intended to be a safe space and avenue of support for all LGBT+ Ghanaians. On February 24, 2021. the office was shut down by members of Ghana's national security force together with the police, on orders issued by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, after the center became the subject of a furious public backlash.

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