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Electrafrique Returns to Dakar With Boddhi Satva

Our Electrafrique party returns to Dakar with a bang with none other than the godfather of Ancestral Soul, Boddhi Satva.

OkayAfrica Electrafrique comes back to Dakar with a bang for its ninth Senegalese edition with none other than the godfather of Ancestral Soul, Central African Republic's Boddhi Satva.


Boddhi has been one of the most original and prolific producers on the afro-house scene over the last decade. His early collaborations with house music legend Louie Vega, who was nominated this year for Best Dance Album at the Grammys, sparked his strong international take-off.

Since then, Boddhi never ceased to climb up, elevating the genre to higher levels of musicality and authenticity by working with musicians from diverse musical traditions across the African continent. From Senegal to Kenya, Mali, Angola, Nigeria, Congo or South Africa, Boddhi's collaborations have cut across all of Africa.

He's worked with superstars such as Davido, Arafat, Kaysha and Oumou Sangare and emerging talents alike. Check out some of his recent videos below.

This time, we're hosting Electrafrique right by the ocean at the lovely Ngor Yaatouna bar on the Corniche des Almadies. Resident DJ Cortega will be holding it down with Psyle, to add a healthy does of Dakar chili heat to the sauce! The event is co-produced with our fam at Kaani and supported by Vibe Radio Senegal, pushing new sound through the country's airwaves. Get ready to get down and dance because this won't be no posing business!

Get warmed up for the night with this new mix from DJ Cortega and see all additional info in the flyer below.

Music

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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