AKWAABA MUSIC – NU AFRICAN STUFF

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Man, it was great to finally catch up with Akwaaba main man, Benjamin Le Brave at the Generation Bass Festival a few weeks back.  It was the first time we’d met in person after having a virtual friendship for well over a year or so.  So it was great making that contact in person and hanging out together :-)

Anyway,  one of our favourite African music labels is back with some great goodies, which includes 3 new releases and 2 mixxtapes!

Ruff’n’Smooth – Life is Rough and Smooth (Ghana)~

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One of the hottest groups in Ghana at the moment, this duo blew up with the hit single Swagger, which we are oh-so-generously giving you here for free:

Ruff N Smooth – Swagger feat. Stay Jay
http://official.fm/track/157650
password: weheartfans

Have you seen the video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhYJRKcri-c

Listen & buy from Bandcamp

Buy in iTunes

~Arc Djebe & Zozodede – Dagbénéva (Togo)~

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When was the last time you listened to music from Togo? Arc Djebe is a fantastic singer songwriter, who takes Togolese tradition, especially its ridiculously rich drumming, and propels it into intricate guitar and voice driven songs. Over two decades writing songs, playing gigs, yet hardly any kind of action for Arc besides local tours in West Africa. It’s about time. Free mp3:

Arc Djebe – Kumble
http://official.fm/track/157654
password: weheartfans

Listen & buy from Bandcamp

Buy in iTunes

~DJ Djeff & Maskarado – Elegom Bounsa (Angola)~

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Nope, not kuduro: although Maskarado is a known name on the kuduro circuit, this here is some straight up house music! And a massive, massive hit in Angola right now, introducing a new wave of kuduro-house bangers. Get the radio version for free here:

DJ Djeff – Elegom Bounsa feat. Maskarado (Radio Mix)

http://official.fm/track/157671

password: weheartfans

Listen and buy in Bandcamp

Buy in iTunes

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ALSO well worth checking out: have you ever heard of Africa Unsigned? They are a great organization who helped Just A Band get a studio together. Africa Unsigned’s concept is simple: they collect small donations online to fund decent recordings from up and coming artists all over Africa.

And because we’re all involved with Just A Band, they are offering Akwaaba fans a special deal: everyone who registers on www.africaunsigned.com and uses ‘akwaaba’ as a referral code during registration will receive $US5 on their Africa Unsigned balance. We of course hope you will invest this in the Just A Band project! But there are plenty of other worthy projects, check it out:

How Africa Unsigned works
Just A Band’s profile
Making of Just A Band’s “Ha-He” video

Obroni Start Shakin Mixxtape

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Obroni Start Shakin by Akwaaba Music

Mixed by bbrave

01 – BATIDA – TRIBALISMO FEAT SACERDOTE
02 – SCHLACHTHOFBRONX – FUNANA
03 – KILLAMU – FLAMINGUINHO
04 – DJ ZNOBIA – EUE
05 – PIZETA – KLEZMER FEAT REAGADELICA (ALVARO ARABIC NIGHTS BOOTLEG)
06 – DAKUNT – TA SURDOU (LORCAN MAK REMIX)
07 – KU BO – KAGGUA FEAT TSHILA (BATIDA REMIX)
08 – JUAN MAGAN & MARCOS RODRIGUEZ – BORA BORA (MASTIKSOUL REMIX)
09 – KILLAMU – MELODIA DE SEMBA
10 – KILLAMU – TA NDJEFF
11 – X-PENSIVE NFRAMA – AUNTY ADOLEY (DOUSTER REMIX)
12 – ONYENZE – ONWU NNA NA NWA (SCHLACHTHOFBRONX REMIX)
13 – AHMED FOFANA – DON KANO (JOKERS OF THE SCENE REMIX)

GH Love Mixxtape

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GH LOVE by Akwaaba Music

01 – NANA BOROO – EHA YE DE (UNRELEASED, AKWAABA MUSIC)
02 – KPATONSI – ABOCHI ANGO
03 – KOFI NTI & OFORI AMPONSAH – RAKIA
04 – MIKE MENTOR (UNRELEASED, AKWAABA MUSIC)
05 – OLD SODJA – CASH’N’CARRY REMIX FEAT AGYA BOMOFOUR (UNRELEASED, AKWAABA MUSIC)
06 – MIKE MENTOR (UNRELEASED, AKWAABA MUSIC)
07 – KOFI NTI & OFORI AMPONSAH – WAKE UP REMIX
08 – APPIETUS – DOME NA MENDOWO FEAT CASTRO (AKWAABA MUSIC)
09 – RUFF’N’SMOOTH – SWAGGER FEAT STAY JAY (AKWAABA MUSIC)
10 – KK FOSU – NUMBER 1 FEAT D FLEX
11 – APPIETUS – SALA FEAT MOHAMED, D-FLEX & SCREW-FACE (AKWAABA MUSIC)
12 – APPIETUS – GHANA LADY FEAT MFRAMA (AKWAABA MUSIC)
13 – OFORI AMPONSAH – OTOOLEGE
14 – RUFF’N’SMOOTH – MONALISA (AKWAABA MUSIC)
15 – MIKE MENTOR – ONE MORE CHANCE (UNRELEASED, AKWAABA MUSIC)
16 – OLD SODJA- KAAKYERE FEAT TINNY, CASTRO & REGGIE ZIPPY (UNRELEASED, AKWAABA MUSIC)
17 – R2BEES – KISS UR HAND FEAT WANDE COAL
18 – VIP – AWAY
19 – APPIETUS – MISS DOCTOR FEAT 4X4 (AKWAABA MUSIC)


4 comments

  • Benji Akwaaba October 1, 2010

    ohhhhhh CHALE! You know it was dopeness to finally meet you in the flesh…. we’ll have to try that again sometime haha!!

  • Jill October 1, 2010

    Sookily enough we were playing some music from Togo and Ghana on today’s show – retro though
    from Analog Africa wonderful comp – Afrobeat Airways.

    Great post has whetted my appetite

    Afro Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves Ghana & Togo 1972-1978

  • dj umb October 2, 2010

    mos def pretty boy :-)

  • dj umb October 2, 2010

    Yeah Jill anything you want from Akwaaba , let me know. Benji is old skool but with a new skool mindframe, we need more like him!

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