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Audio: Red Light Radio's "Africa Unsigned" Podcast ft. Blitz, Buraka Som Sistema + more.


Red Light Radio, out of Amsterdam, hits us with it's Africa Unsigned podcast hosted by DJ Dirty D.is.ko. This mix features some of the freshest tunes from Blitz The Ambassador, Buraka Som Sistema, Camp Mulla, and Africa Unsigned artists Rina and Neema, in addition to many more. You can listen and download the podcast below.

 

Africa Unsigned 15 @ Red Light Radio 07-13-2011 by Red Light Radio

Tracklist:

1. Revolution / Adam Chisvo

2. 38:21 / Rina Mushonga

3. Best I Can ft. Corneille / Blitz The Ambassador

4. Kiburi / Neema

5. Make It N.Y. / Ghostfunk

6. You can run / Seun Kuti

7. Oualahila Ar Teninam / Tinariwen

8. Take It To The Floor / Camp Mulla

9. Kumbuka / Michel Ongaro, Mister Abbas & Jahcoozi

10. Umoja feat. Kampi Moto / Mzee

11. Abataka (Tommy Tequila Moombahton remix) / David West & Ida Engberg

12. Hangover (BaBaBa) - Original Mix / Buraka Som Sistema

13. Carapinha Dura / Manox Feat. Bráulio ZP

14. Toca Remexe / Costuleta

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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