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Que Bajo Records Releases 'Angola Ting' EP Perfectly Timed with the Afro-Latino Fest in NYC

NYC global bass pioneers Uproot Andy and Geko Jones retrace Semba’s Trans-Atlantic roots in Cuban rumba.

Que Bajo Records drops Angola Ting EP, featuring two golden-era, Angolan semba tracks remixed by New York global bass pioneers Uproot Andy and Geko Jones.


Their releases are aptly timed with the 3-day long Afro-Latino Festival happening in NYC this weekend.

The producer-DJs retrace the roots of Semba—traditional and modern Congolese and Angolan tango—and its trans-Atlantic connection to Cuba’s rumba, but in a modern framework.

“Angolan semba has what seems to be a very Latin sound to our ears and aside from just loving these songs we felt they worked really well in our dj sets as a bridge between Latin music and African music,” Uproot Andy and Geko Jones tells Okayafrica in a statement. “Remixing these tracks seemed like a perfect way to both recall the historical connection and also bring together modern Latin and African electronic music.”

Angola Ting EP is characterized by Afro-house and Dominican dembow rhythms that not only bang in the club but also honor the swing and emotion of the originals.

Be sure to hit up the Afro-Latino Festival from July 8 to 10, featuring stage acts Nina Sky, Maluca, Nickodemus, Rich Medina, Madame Vacile, El Freaky Colectivo, DJ Jigüe, Bulla el Barrio and QUE BAJO?! resident and co-founder GekoJones. In the meantime, check out Uproot Andy and Geko Jones’ jams below:

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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