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Joakim Delivers 'A Very Broad Mix Of African Music' For David Byrne Radio

French producer & DJ Joakim shares 'A Very Broad Mix Of African Music,' an introduction, of sorts, to William Onyeabor.


For the May edition of David Byrne's curated online radio show at his official website, French producer and DJ Joakim was recruited to mix nearly two hours of music focusing on the sounds of Africa on behalf of Byrne's label Luaka Bop. Clocking in at a little under two-hours, Joakim's set features an eclectic collection of everything from field recordings to unreleased demos–dating anywhere between the 1960s to present-day. Joakim displays an incredible knowledge of rare African grooves and even throws in a couple tracks that don't necessarily originate from the African continent, but are inspired by its music and expansive variety of artists. Originally intended as a kind of introduction and tribute to the famously elusive William Onyeabor, it was recorded at MoMA PS1 during the NY Art Book Fair in the fall of 2013. We're glad it's finally available for our listening pleasure. Have a listen and check out the tracklist for Joakim and Luaka Bop's A Very Broad Mix of African Music below.

May 2015: A "Very Broad Mix of African Music", by Luaka Bop by David Byrne Radio on Mixcloud

1. Eric Welles & Joakim - Introduction

2. Chris Watson - Male Capercallie Display

3. Guem & Zaka Percussion - Le Serpent

4. Angele Asselé - Etre

5. Ambuya Nyati - Bukatiende (Levez-vous et allez-y)

6. Chris Watson - Elephants (Family Group Asleep In Rough Grassland)

7. Unknown - Unknown

8. Fax The Fax - African Vacation

9. Surutu Kunu - Yaya Ho

10. King Sunny Ade - Synchro System

11. Francis Bebey - La Condition Masculine

12. African Connection - Tiembelema

13. Al Diamon - Tashi mu taka (hausa)

14. Tohon Stanislas - Mi Tchinker

15. Issa Bagayogo - Once In A Lifetime (Soft Rocks Remix)

16. Tam Tam Pour L'Ethipie - Tam Tam Pour L'Ethiopie (B Side)

17. Black Soul - Africa Africa

18. Sofrito Specials Presents - African Disco Power (Sofrito Edit)

19. Babatunde Olatunji - Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Drums of Passion)

20. Guem & Zaka Percussion - La Foret Vierge

21. African Head Charge - Stebeni's Theme (Jimi Bazzouka Refix)

22. Diskoking Burnhart McKoolski - Togetherness

23. Bunny Mack - Supafrico (Instrumental)

24. Carlos & Miki - Walking Down The River

25. William Onyeabor - When The Going Is Easy (Jimi Bazzouka Edit)

26. Larytta - Voodoo Things (Difficult Lee)

27. Moton 14 - Sweet Drums

28. Xitsonga Dance - Xitsonga Dance

29. Tony Tete Harbor & The Star Heaters of Nigeria - Tete Muo Bu Muo

30. Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats - Ezuku Buzo

31. William Onyeabor - Why Go To War

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

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