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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #59: GARTH TRINIDAD

Download KCRW radio host Garth Trinidad's vinyl-heavy 'Africa In Your Earbuds' mixtape.


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A veteran selector, Garth Trinidad has been on air at LA's KCRW station since 1996 hosting a forward-pushing blend of hip-hop, soul and global rhythms on his drive-time radio show. Throughout those years he's also lent a curatorial hand to TV shows like HBO's Entourage (for which he held the music supervisor role) and served as a music pundit for PBS & NPR, among others. Apart from his radio show, he's also currently the music editor of the free bi-monthly magazine LA Canvas.

For his Africa In Your Earbuds, Garth Trinidad sent us an hour-long, vinyl-heavy mix that spans a varied list of his personal favorite cuts— from Roy Ayers and Hugh Masekela classics to more recent genre-shattering beats by Batida. He explains his mix to us below:

My intrigue with African music began as a boy, discovering the likes of Miriam Makeba and Manu Dibango in my folks collection. My path since has been one of desire for knowledge and discovery. As a radio and club DJ I've been truly blessed with friends from around the world who've enriched my life and informed my musical world view. I tend to equate the world with Africa. I don't think of it as a distant or out of reach land, rather the deepest wellspring from which we derive our nurture and savor. The vast majority of music as we know it is rooted in the soul of the African... I stuck to vinyl records (with the exception of the new Mateo Senolia single) that make transatlantic connections and have splashed nicely on dance floors and airwaves over the years. Nothing too obscure or new and cutting edge, just a handful of varied personal favorites. Hope you enjoy.

Download AIYE #59: Garth Trinidad below and check out the full mixtape’s tracklist, plus our previous Africa In Your Earbuds releases, listed underneath.

TRACKLIST

Neon Phusion ft New Sector Movements - The Future Ain't The Same As It Used To Be [UK]

Afrodisiac Sound System - Dusty Lagos [USA]

African Connection - Tiembelema [Sierra Leone]

Roy Ayers - Land of Fruit and Honey [USA]

The Gaytones - Soul Makossa [Jamaica/USA]

Girma Beyene - Ene negn bay manesh [Ethiopia]

Mateo Senolia - A Field Song [USA]

Frederic Galliano & The African Divas - Woualai (Soul Designer Rework) [France/Mali]

Osborne - In Gear [USA]

Batida - Alegria [Angola/Portugal]

Africanism All Stars - Sye Bwa [France]

Robin Jones - Royal Bembe (House Dub) [UK]

Elesse - The Liberian Track [France]

Black Jazz Consortium - Far Away [USA]

Amaduduzo - Ayikho Indlela [South Africa]

Theo Parrish ft Craig Huckaby - Black Music [USA]

Kelenkye Band - Jungle Music [Ghana]

Cheikha Rimitti - Nakhla [Algeria]

Victor Davies - Brother (Bougie Soliterre Beats) [UK]

Hugh Masekela - Mace and Grenades [South Africa]

Letta Mbulu - Mahlalela [South Africa]

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