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Traditional Ga Rhythms Meet Techno & House In DJ Katapila's Deranged Ghanaian Dance Track

Accra-based DJ Katapila blends Detroit and Chicago house & techno, West African club influences and traditional Ga rhythms.

DJ Katapila 'Trotro.'


“Cocoawra” is easily one of the most insane tracks we’ve heard this year. Crafted by Accra-based producer and selector DJ Katapila, the song builds a traditional Ga rhythm out of a flurry of electronic drum pads, elements of Detroit and Chicago house & techno, and West African club influences.

“Cocoawra” is named after the Ghanaian porridge made out of fermented corn which can be found across the streets of Accra. In his track, DJ Katapila imitates the calls of ‘coco’ sellers while also rapping in Twi and Ga.

The mind-melting Ghanaian dance sound of 42-year-old DJ Katapila is summed up in his 2009 album Trotro, which is getting re-released next month by Awesome Tapes From Africa. The label adds:

“The uptempo, bass-heavy, Roland 808-rooted sounds [of DJ Katapila] echo early 1990s Detroit techno and Chicago acid house more than the contemporary hiplife productions blasting across Ghanaian airwaves currently. However, the structure of Katapila’s sound directly descends from Ga musical lineage found around Accra.The music contains remnants of the neo-traditional dance music forms gome, kpanlogo and gyama that he was immersed in as a youth.”

Hear the intense rhythm of “Cocoawra” and an equally nuts DJ mix from him below. Trotro is available for pre-order on iTunes and Bandcamp.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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