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Audio: DJ Sakir, The Beat of Cocolah Vol. 4


We stumbled upon this nice little African podcast/mixtape by DJ Sakir, who's holding it down in Brooklyn by way of Jamaica.  Created as a dedication to Africa, DJ Sakir partnered up with Cocolah to bring us full flavored mix, The Beat of Cocolah Vol. 4, including the sounds of afrobeat, afro rock, tribal house, and afro cuban music.  We liked. We think you will too.  Listen to one track off the mix, "Kwaku Ananse" by Apagya Show Band below, and then download the full mix here.  Tracklisting after the jump.

Kwaku Ananse

Tracklisting for The Beat of Cocolah Vol. 4 by DJ Sakir

Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Mo Mpena – Frimpong, K. and His Cubanos Fiestas

African Problems – Seun Anikulapo Kuti

It’s No Possible – Fela Kuti & The Africa 70

Music for Gong Gon – Luisito Quintero

Jaleo ft. Concha Buika (Senor Coconut Mix) – Truby Trio

Koroduga (Setagaya-Segou Soul River Dr. Mix) – Lobi Traore

Oya O ft. Wunmi (Afro Dub) – Raw Artistic Soul

Fatien (New Sector Movement Mix) – Nahawa Doumbia

Runnin’ ft. Wunmi – Truby Trio

Self Reliance – African Brothers Int. Band

Kwaku Ananse – Apagya Show Band

Mosquito Song – Seun Anikulapo Kuti

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