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Here's a New Mixtape From Montréal's Afro-Electronic Underground

Congolese-Canadian DJ Bonbon Kojak shares the first installment in a mixtape series from Moon Shine, a Montreal-based “afrocentric collective.”

Congolese-Canadian DJ Bonbon Kojak comes through with the first installment in a mixtape series from Moonshine, a Montréal-based “afrocentric collective” that, apparently, hosts secret parties on the “Saturday after every full moon.”


The collective is home to Pierre Kwenders, Bambii and Boycott, and has featured acts such as DJ Windows 98 (Arcade Fire’s Win Butler), Shabazz Palaces, and Uproot Andy.

In Espoir 2018, Bonbon Kojak leads us on a high-octane journey through the sounds heard at these underground Montréal soirées.

Espoir 2018 is an uplifting selection of songs about hope and self worth, celebrating the new sonic breath of African dance culture from old to new,” Bonbon Kojak tells Okayafrica. “The year 2018 represents the utopia of the 2000s.... an opportunity to recreate the world. Motivate youth to continue working for a better future.”

Stream the mix above and check out the full track list below.

Track List

1 - Shimbalaya - Afro Panico - Prod. Leo Beatz

2 - Mabele - Oscar neves (Uproot Andy & geko jones remix)

3 - Instrumental Afro Trap ( Prod #3) - Fabio Dms

4 - J’habite à Paris - Manu le Boss

5 - Ntanina Kwame - Cabo Snoop & Kyaku Kyadaff

6 - The One Connection - Afro Panico

7 - Kia Lumingo - Urbano De Castro (Uproot Andy & Geko Jones Remix)

8 - Shonta mu Mbingu - Spilulu

9 - Celebration (extentend version) - Heaky k Ft Kestro

10 - Baraka iyi mwaka - Spilulu feat Karibiona ( Instrumental)

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We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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