Okayafrica contributor Candi Martinez runs down a a look into Oakland's scene.
Local DJʼs such as Cecil, Veyn, Orfeu Negro, Mpenzi, Nina Sol, Abeldee, Soul Profess, Juan G and Cuba's Leydis are all known to weave their rich, cultural backgrounds into a lovable global groove that is dance floor ready. Expect everything from dancehall to soca, salsa and tropical bass cuts. Look out for Orfeu Negro & DJ Cecil at thePeople the 4th Saturday of every month at the New Parish (579 18th St) and Soul Profess at “Recess" (Somar Bar 1727 Telegraph) the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month.
Africa Mix on KALW
While technically located across the bridge in San Francisco, Africa Mix on KALW is the only local radio show that allows listeners to delight in vintage and contemporary sounds from Abidjan to Zimbabwe, so we had to give it a mention. Hosts Edwin OʼKongo and Emmanuel Nado deliver musical treats from Africa and the African diaspora that will revive even the weariest of souls. Tune in to Africa Mix on KALW Thursday evenings from 9pm-Midnight.