Aug 1 2020

David Byrne Presents: The World’s Inspiration- Africa

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Smile Wizkid
Wata Juls
Choko Manu Worldstar
Mona Ki Ngi Xica Bonga
Batonga Angelique Kidjo
Senegal Fast Food Amadou & Mariam
Canto Bantou Francis Bebey
Divorce Pygmee Francis Bebey
Argos Farfish Sharhabil Ahmed
Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience Mulatu
Bow Sault
Raani (Queen) Grupe RTD
Toboli Dela Botri
Kwaa Kwaa Santrofi
Sukali Keko Bobi Wine
Love Les Amazones d'Afrique
Nyaradzo Makoomba
Ojuelegba Wizkid
Indignados Kefeya
El Bambi Sharhabil Ahmed
Pezulu (Way Up) Dudu Pukwana
Future Toyi Toyi Keleketla! and Coldcut
Robbers, Thugs, and Muggers Tony Allen
Yolele Papa Wemba
Obama Shuffle Strut Blue Tony Allen
Joro Wizkid
Vuli Ndlela Brenda Fassie

This month's playlist is African pop music from recent decades. Some familiar names like the classics from Fela and King Sunny Adé, William Onyeabor, many many more are not included. There are plenty of others- some well known and some not so much. Some thoughts came to me as I was putting this playlist together.

African artists are part of mainstream north american pop music now- Wizkid does collaborations with Drake and many others. Keleketla! works with a whole raft of DJs, and the Sault project with Michael Kiwanuka turns a mix tape into a true dramatic work of art.

Africa is big and diverse- to group songs from the whole continent together is insane - it would be like a playlist that includes Bluegrass, Hip hop, EDM, metal, ambient and gospel.

The other thought is how much we, the world, owe to African music- wind the clock back 200 years- did anything sound remotely like it does now? To a large extent the way the worlds pop music sounds and is organized can be traced back to Africa. The colonials did incredible harm and damage, but in the process their minds and bodies were colonized.

enjoy

Aug 1 2020

David Byrne Presents: The World’s Inspiration- Africa

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Smile Wizkid
Wata Juls
Choko Manu Worldstar
Mona Ki Ngi Xica Bonga
Batonga Angelique Kidjo
Senegal Fast Food Amadou & Mariam
Canto Bantou Francis Bebey
Divorce Pygmee Francis Bebey
Argos Farfish Sharhabil Ahmed
Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience Mulatu
Bow Sault
Raani (Queen) Grupe RTD
Toboli Dela Botri
Kwaa Kwaa Santrofi
Sukali Keko Bobi Wine
Love Les Amazones d'Afrique
Nyaradzo Makoomba
Ojuelegba Wizkid
Indignados Kefeya
El Bambi Sharhabil Ahmed
Pezulu (Way Up) Dudu Pukwana
Future Toyi Toyi Keleketla! and Coldcut
Robbers, Thugs, and Muggers Tony Allen
Yolele Papa Wemba
Obama Shuffle Strut Blue Tony Allen
Joro Wizkid
Vuli Ndlela Brenda Fassie

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