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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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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