Listen to our premiere of the DJ Jigüe's Afrosekuela EP.
DJ Jigüe is a selector who blends experimental electronic music with traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms.
In his new 3-song EP, Afrosekuela, the DJ and producer explores three different regions that have been strongly influenced and shaped by the African diaspora: Brazil, Cuba and the United States.
"Ponte de Pie" was inspired by hip-hop and the underground electronic music of Detroit. It samples the Sugar Hill Gang's iconic chorus from "Rapper's Delight."
The second track "Afrosekuela" is a sonic meeting of Angolan kuduro rhythms with Afro-Cuban drums. While "Bateria Perfecta" highlights the Africa's influence on Brazilian rhythms and percussion.
"The inspiration for this making this EP is in my African roots and in African heritage around the world," DJ Jigüe tells OkayAfrica. "I want to highlight the musical wealth that the African presence brings and how that African presence developed the music in the diaspora to be part of the musical identity of many places in the world. The inspiration for Ponte de Pie was to create a tribute theme to Sun Ra the creator of afrofuturismo mixing Hip Hop, electronic music and Afrocuban music in perfect harmony with the own style that identifies me: tropical afrofuturism (afrofuturismo tropical)."
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