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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #55: CLAP! CLAP!

Download an Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape of rare gems from Italian producer Clap! Clap!


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Clap! Clap! is an electronic project from Italian producer Cristiano Crisci that blends African field recordings and samples with eclectic drum programming influenced by footwork, juke & hip-hop. The result is a carefully-tailored soundscape that aims to reproduce classic rhythms through modern synths and beatwork, as seen in his Tamboucanda EP and upcoming debut album Tayi Bebba, whose lead single "The Rainstick Fable" has been getting heavy spins around here.

For this Africa In Your Earbuds, Clap! Clap! turned in a 33-minute mixtape of rare & unearthed gems paired with uplifting progressions from Benin's Sunny Black's Band, Orlando Julius Ekemode and more. "This mix consists of deep research, not only inside my records and my digital libraries but inside my soul," he tells us. "This mix perfectly reflects what my emotions are living in these days. Constant changes, good, bad, sad and nice humor. These sounds have a big meaning for me and this mix is the best way to express what I'm feeling now."

Grab AIYE #55: Clap! Clap! and see the full tracklist below. Tayi Bebba will be out September 8 from Black Acre.

Tracklist

Unknow - Children sing with Mbira and Kalimba

Wolumei - Akrowa

Lucie Eyenga - Brigitte

Sunny black's band - Mi Fon To O

Bella Below - Awoula

Gnonnas Pedro - How Much Love Naturally Coast

Orlando Julius Ekemode - Ashiko

Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Burkina

Maurice Maiga and Amore Cultural group - Ana ce shashashai

Super otete mpomamu - Atakora Manu

Super Doeths - Akula (Owu Onye Ara)

A.B. Crentsil - Ehurisi

Kaiti Brothers - Ndungata

Katitu boys band - Mundu Mbiti

Peter Mwambi - Mueni

Unknow - Man from BAKA people sing and play Likembe music with Meje and Mbira

Tshibitshabo, Tumba, Groupe de Flutistes Bayeke avec Lulua Jazz - Kwimba nkudila

Abass Akande Obesere - introduction

Akendengue - Bineng

National Jazz du Dahomey - Alui Mado Kpogbe

Sunny black's band - Atin Djoyin Madan

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