Busy our friends in Akwaaba music have been. Working with the hottest artists in Africa on tours, releases, and recordings. Lucky we are to have Benjamin and his crew over there as they are a direct connection to the emerging modern African music scene.

Here are two of their latest releases

Batida – Mama Africana:

(sometimes the bandcamp player doesn’t show up http://akwaabamusic.bandcamp.com/album/mam-africana-ep)

Man i just digg this crazy EP that has Brazilian / Retro / Cumbia /Electro influences in it. Make sure you grab it before Wednesday (June 1st) when the download link expires!

Press Release: The idea was to celebrate the 25th of May, Africa Day with a musical tribute to one of the (if not the) most emblematic figure of Africa: the woman, the mother, with her baby (and others) on her back, carrying and selling goods, finding a way to bring food to the table by the end of the day.

It all started with “Rap-Semba”, which Mpula of Batida produced in Luanda in 2010, where you can hear this chorus: “Can of Water on her head… There goes Maria… There goes Maria…” sampled from a classic 1960s Angolan semba. Mpula then challenged some of his favorite MCs, to build a poem on this figure that could be: Africa the continent, the African mother or even their own mothers, on a social or more emotional approach. The structure and instrumental are always the same but they brought their own life to each version.

LISTEN / DOWNLOAD: http://akwaabamusic.bandcamp.com/album/mam-africana-ep

So who’s on there?

1 – Karlon (aka Kota K)
He makes part of the history of the hip hop movement in Portugal, embracing the 4 elements, known as the founder of Nigga Poison, the most respected Afro Rap band in Portugal. On his version he talks about the generosity of women in his life and also in his hood, mostly immigrants from Cape Verde, taking care of the children, working and keeping their homes together.

2 – Izé Teixeira
Izé is mostly known for his groups Mc Malcriado and Neg Marrons. He has just released his new solo album called “Urb Africa”, where you find his condition divided between traditional Cape Verdian music with new Urban trends. In his version he talks about the “Mother Crioula”, that travels in search for a better life for her family. Again, a bit of a common story in Cape Verde and the rest of Africa, with his own.

3 – Ikonoklasta
The most activist rapper in Angola these days. He started as a radio dj in Luanda, was involved in groups like the Conjunto Ngonguenha, is a nuclear Fazuma element and now the most regular Batida Mc. On his lyrics he talks about his own life and the past and present of Africa.


FOKN DunaQuest:

(sometimes bandcamp player doesn’t show: http://foknbois.bandcamp.com/)

Yo this is some dope hip hop / soul / funk that keeps me wanting more! These guys are funny, witty, and the beats are groovy, uplifting, and very authentic.

Press Release: Apparently the end of the world has been either canceled or delayed. The reason is pretty clear to me: FOKN Bois just released their latest album, The FOKN DunaQuest in Budapest, and it needs a bit of space before we can all proceed with the end of times. Surely it will happen—on Ghana time.

The FOKN Bois, aka Wanlov the Kubolor and M3nsa, are not your average Ghanaian rappers. They reside far from the shady world of payola and corporate sponsorships that seriously limits the recognition of creative artists in Ghana. The Bois are closer to the streets, as exemplified in their amazingly fresh Coz Ov Moni pidgin English musical. They’re no payola policy means they’re not the most played artists on Ghana’s radio stations. However, after spending about 5 seconds on the streets of Accra with Wanlov, it’s pretty clear he is incredibly popular, a genuine artist recognized by people from all walks of life.

But forget Ghana for a second. Their latest collaboration with Hungary’s Irie Maffia can hardly be pigeon-holed as “Ghana music”—whatever that may mean, anyway. Instead of paraphrasing the story of how the album came to be, I’ll let Wanlov tell it. Check the video, below, to find out how these dudes ended up in Budapest, and better understand the double meaning of lungu lungu, a phrase that alludes to zigzagging through back streets, and also, corruption.

A video is worth a million pictures 🙂 Feel their vibe!

Wanlov the Kubolor tells FOKN Bois & Irie Maffia Story from Akwaaba Music on Vimeo.


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