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Audio: Chief Boima x Palm Wine 'Open Sessions' [Mix]

Chief Boima 'Open Sessions' sets from Italian blog Palm Wine's Open Arti talks on the mutation of art and music as a result of technological development.


Italian blog Palm Wine hosted Open Arti talks on the mutation of art and music as a result of technological development last May in Milan. A recently released session highlights three different sets from Chief Boima as he "sift[s] out three different eras of African and African diaspora music: Soukous and Highlife from the 70s and 80s on the first night, Coupe Decale, Ndombolo, African Hip Hop and Reggae from the 90s and 00s on the second, and finally Azonto, Logobi and contemporary African hip hop on the last night." Stream them below.

[H/T Palm Wine]

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