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Audio: BLK JKS + Athi-Patra Ruga’s Sound of Johannesburg Mix


Thanks to The Fader, we were hipped to this latest episode of DJ N-RON's Domus mixtape series.  Here he explores the sonic landscape of South Africa's Jo'burg with our indie-rocking friends BLK JKS and visual artist Athi-Patra Ruga.  When talking about living in an ever-changing and evolving city, the BLK JKS say "While some look to European cities and envy their long-established routines, venues, and structures, there are those of us who see a blank canvas and embrace it."  Listen below, and click here to download.  Tracklisting after the jump.

1. Letta Mbulu – Nomalizo / Athi-Patra Ruga #1

2. Spikiri – Money Talks

3. Athi-Patra Ruga #2

4. Dirty Paraffin – Exhibit A

5. Skeleton Crew – Invisible Cities (the burning piano David Krut eBook podcast interview)

6. Givan Lotz – Easy Now

7. Felix LaBand – Jesus at the Table

8. CHLLNGR ft. BLK JKS, Mo Laudi of the very best and Spoek Mathambo – Ask For (remix)

9. Us Kids Know – Problems

10. Hugh Masekela – Nights in Tunisia / Athi-Patra Ruga #3

11. Professor – Ijimapi Leweight

12. Athi-Patra Ruga #4

13. Tshe Tsha Boys – Uyakwini Na Rose (where are you going?)

14. Polyphonic&Serengeti – Lately (remixed by Joao Orecchia)

15. Athi-Patra Ruga #5

16. BLK JKS and Thandiswa Mazwai for the Zar Orkestre – Ukuthula (cover)

 

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Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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