Exclusive: Jidenna's trusted producer and collaborator Nana Kwabena premieres his 'New Africa' mixtape.
DIASPORA—Nana Kwabena is one of the main forces behind the rise of the 'Classic Man.'
As Jidenna's producer, collaborator and trusted confidant, the Ghanaian-American played a large role in shaping the sonic world, and success, of the new star's debut album, The Chief.
He's also strongly dedicated to raising awareness and funds for sickle cell decease through his AllOneBlood foundation.
As OkayAfrica contributor Alisha Acquaye wrote earlier this year in our profile on Nana, "Kwabena’s aesthetic embodies young, black, African cool, wrapped up in consciousness and social awareness."
Nana's now returning with a very special treat in the form of this New Africa mixtape, which we're exclusively premiering here today. Here's what he says about his mix:
"NEW AFRICA was inspired by Africa’s increasingly integral presence in mainstream music, fashion, and culture. Africa’s influence on global culture is evident throughout history—Africa is the past, present, and forever the future. We can’t lose sight that the continent has entrusted our generation, both home and abroad, with its stewardship."
"We have to be custodians of the culture by not only celebrating it," Nana continues, "but also by honoring and protecting the legacy of those who gave their lives so that this day could be realized. And, therefore, it is our duty to bridge the gaps within the diaspora and foster meaningful dialogue and action across cultural borders to not only bring Africa to the World, but the World to Africa."
Stream our premiere of Nana Kwabena's New Africa mix below.
New Africa Mix
01. Cyhi The Prince - Nu Africa
02. Future - Incredible
03. Yxng Bane - Shape of You Remix
04. French Montana ft. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
05. Ayat - Play For Keeps
06. Timaya - Bang Bang
07. Maleek Berry - 4 Me
08. Davido - If
09. Adekunle Gold & MoeLogo - Only Girl
10. Korede Bello ft. Kelly Rowland - Do Like That Remix
11. DJ Dimplez - Fuck Up Your Day
12. Iamsu! - Nada
13. PARTYNEXTDOOR - Not Nice
14. Desiigner - Thank God
15. Migos ft. Gucci Mane - Slippery
16. 24hrs ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Wiz Khalifa - What You Like
17. Young Thug - Best Thing of All Time
18. Travis Scott ft. Rae Sremmurd - Swang Remix
19. Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Scars
20. Kendrick Lamar - D.N.A.
21. Future - Mask Off
22. Jidenna ft. Quavo & Nana Kwabena - The Let Out
23. L-Tido ft. AKA & Yanga - Thixo
24. Frank Casino ft. Riky Rick - Whole Thing
25. Iyanya ft. Don Jazzy & Dr. SID - Up To Something
26. WizKid ft. Drake - Come Closer
27. Popcaan - My Chargie
28. Sjava & DJ Maphorisa ft. Howard - Ngempela
29. DJ Maphorisa ft.Smile & Howard - Mbokodo
30. Kamaiyah - I’m On
31. Kojo Funds x Abra Cadabra - Dun’ Talkin
32. Jeremih - London
33. Runtown - Mad Over You
34. Sarkodie - Say It
35. Tekno - Rara
36. Calvin Harris ft. Migos & Frank Ocean - Slide
37. Major Lazer ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj - Run Up
38. Selebobo ft. Yemi Alade - Conquer
39. Tiwa Savage - All Over
40. The Weeknd - Secrets x Passionfruit (Young Kippur Mashup)