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New Album from Appietus, Ghana’s Most Prolific Beat Maker


Spend five minutes on this site and chances are that you’ll have already learned a new name or artist to keep a watch on. Hopefully, you’ve been making room on your hard drive because here’s another artist to check out. You may already be familiar with Appietus, who's been producing hit after hit of contemporary highlife music for more than a decade. The Ghanaian producer recently chose 14 tracks that he's done with some of the biggest names in highlife music (our favorite songs feature the likes of Reggie Zippy, Mike Essabel, Old Sodja and more) for a compilation that makes a great soundtrack for those backyard grill-outs and rooftop drink-ups that make summer the best season of all. Props to our friends over at Akwaaba music for hipping us to this one.

The album is available on bandcamp and iTunes, but they’re giving this track away for free, entitled "Ghana Lady" by Appietus featuring Mframa. Listen below, and then download free.

Ghana Lady

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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