Stream Kashaka's 'AFROFUTURE MIX'

NYC-based producer Kashaka shares new 'AFROFUTURE MIX' featuring E.L. Big Fkn Gun, and his original productions.

New York-based producer and DJ Kashaka presents us with his hypnotic new AFROFUTURE MIX. According to the budding beatsmith, the moniker Kashaka was inspired by a hand-held shaker given to him during his stay in Accra, Ghana where he was studying West African drumming. The hour-long mix features music that the producer discovered during his travels through Ghana, like E.L.'s "Obuu Mo" and Joey B's 'Tonga," as well as newer tunes like BIG FKN GUN's "As'Jiki." Kashaka's mix opens and closes with two of his own original productions, the Sekou Batourou Kouyaté-sampling "Mamayoo" and the futuristic rap banger-meets-kuduro "Andruwoid." Stream Kashaka's 19-song AFROFUTURE MIX and check out the full tracklist below.


1.Mamayooo - Kashaka

2.Hand in Dirt - Jumping Back Slash

3.Pressure - Jumping Back Slash

4.Obuu Mo - E.L.

5.Yaca (Nax & Rosario Remix) - Dj Afro Pupo

6.Wossop - Bradez

7.Ewe Feat. Deeza - DJ X-Trio

8.Fancy Footwork (Prod. Cid Rim and The Clonius) - Okmalumkoolkat

9.Put Some Red On It (Machinedrum Remix) - Spoek Mathambo

10.Nosso Mundo - Dj Firmeza & DJ Maboku

11.Beyiya - DJ Nigga Fox

12.As’jiki - BIG FKN GUN

13.Tonga (feat. Sarkodie) - Joey B

14.Sound of Da Police (Remix) - DJ Nigga Fox

15.Bit Binary - DJ Marfox

16.L’Afrique - Full Crate Feat. Papa Ghana

17.Kimene - Mastiksoul & DJ Malvado

18.African Central Soul (Guitar Mix) - Homeboyz Music

19.Andruwoid - Kashaka

Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

Peintre Obou talks about how he came to be an artist, his fervour for the mask, and his uplifting project, 'Abobo E Zo'.

Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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