The Strange

One of the major disadvantages of not having a constant web presence is missing out on rare and epic happenings. Over the weekend, I learned that hip hop artist Akua Naru was in Nairobi last Thursday for a concert courtesy of Goethe-Institut.  For someone who has been a serious Akua Naru fan since the days when The World Is Listening was still a fresh new joint, having that concert pass me by was … painful. But hey! 🙂

I’ve been soothing the pain away with this rough compilation whipped up sometime in 2011.

Some good old smooth hip hop tracks and instrumentals that rarely get mainstream airplay, including: // Priceless gems from femcees Nitty Scott, the massively talented Akua Naru (more from her here: http://www.akuanaru.com/ ), Makeba Mooncycle and Apani B (not forgetting Erykah Badu somewhere in there) // MF Doom’s Metal Fingers persona proving just as good making dope beats as behind the mic on Sumac Berries and Dead Bent// Some old classics from Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Xzibit’s 1996 LP At The Speed Of Life and the first Blackroc album (I hear Blackroc 2.0 is coming out soon)

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Strongest Of The Strange – Charles Bukowski
The World Is Listening – Akua Naru
The World Is Listening (Jay Baez Remix) – Akua Naru
Lunchroom Classics – Makeba Mooncycle & Talib Kweli
Sumac Berries – MF Doom
Back In The Day (Puff) – Erykah Badu
All She Said – Guru ft. Macy Gray
Dead Bent (Instrumental) – MF Doom
Fly Emcee – Apani B
The Backflip (PH7 Midnight Remix Instrumental) – Akua Naru
Auntie Maria’s Crib – Nitty Scott MC
Bird’s Eye View -Xzibit ft. Tha Alkaholiks
Stay Off The Fuckin’ Flowers – Blackroc ft. Raekwon

Dance For Me

This was meant to be a straightforward compilation of nothing but danceables, but got tempted to add some complicated sounds towards the end. A blend of old and new stuff with a bias towards afrobeats including: Yemi Alade, Sauti Sol, Lil Kesh, Navy Kenzo, Korede Bello and P. Unit coming through with the afrobeats // Dancehall and derivative remixes from Gyptian, Aluna George and Sia // Spanking new and hot tracks by Nadia Rose and the Nigeria-Ghana combo that is Eugy and Mr. Eazi // Inna Modja, Le Motel and Kaytranada switching things up.

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Kamatia – Navy Kenzo
Summertime – Tina ft. Gyptian
Africa – Yemi Alade ft. Sauti Sol
Ishe – Lil Kesh
Weka Weka – P. Unit
Abet (Silvastone Remix) – Yegna
Live and Die in Afrika – Sauti Sol
Romantic – Korede Bello ft. Tiwa Savage
One Dance – Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla
Miss California (Chris Rod Remix) – Dante Thomas ft. Pras
All On Me (Diztortion Remix) – Gyptian ft. Lady Leshurr
Skwod – Nadia Rose
Cheap Thrills (Sehck Remix) – Sia ft. Sean Paul
Policeman – Eva Simmons ft. Konshens
I’m In Control – Aluna George ft. Popcaan
Dance For Me – Eugy & Mr. Eazi
W.A.B.E – Gabu & Frasha ft. Joe Mfalme
Soft Work – Falz
Flap Your Wings – Nelly
Tombouctou – Inna Modja
Kiss It Better (Kaytranada Edit) – Rihanna
Lullaby – Le Motel
To My Love – Bomba Estéreo
Trap Tears – Raury
Tookie Knows II – ScHoolboy Q ft. Traffic & TF

Txa Txa

Yesterday, my shuffled playlist lined up this compilation from 2014 for me. My strongest memory from that Sunday in April was of really hating the set after it was done, or something related to it, so much that a long break from making these things was necessary. On hindsight, it wasn’t half as bad as my mood at the time and probably slightly better than some of the more recent stuff.

It’s about that time to switch it up again. The fun is waning once more, meaning that I’ll wrap up my offerings for this year in the next 3 weeks with two sets. If I manage to upgrade my gear to something more interesting by December, this might change. In the meantime, I’ll be dealing with a Rubik’s cube I had abandoned and looking for patches of tall grass to run through.  🙂

Set of two halves. Firstly some afro-house, kwaito house and kuduro followed by afrobeats and azonto from around and about. Featuring Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Nelson Frietas, DJ Clock, Wizkid, Sarkodie, Keko and much more.

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Sinti Sabe -Nelson Frietas
Undi Da Ki Panha – TLDreamz ft. DJ Djeff
Beautiful War – Heavy K ft. Professor
Pengula Wena – The Groove ft. Bucks & Zulu
Mwangole – DJ Djeff ft. Nacobeta, Agre G & Game Walla
Pluto (Remember You) – DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg
Twende Safari – Pace
The End – Mumbi ft. Fadhilee Itulya
Zenze – DJ Malvado ft. Eddy Tussa
Hoje Não Saiu Daqui (O Txatxarara) – Gang Machado
Nakupenda – Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru
So Many Tinz – May D
Pullover – Kcee ft. Wizkid
Zagada – LDNC
Down On One – Sarkodie ft. Fuse ODG
IAMWHATIAM (Silvastone Remix) – Mark Morrison
Jekin Jekin – Dizzy VC ft. Atumpan
The Fog (Major Lazer & Grandtheft Remix) – Machel Monato
Let Me Go – Keko
Da Bidness – Zonefam
Now Wats Up – Mista Silva
Kukere (Instrumental) – Iyanya

Sunday

A mostly chilled out, mid-tempo set with unhurried transitions for the slowest day of the week. // New-ish stuff from Pusha T, Erykah Badu, M.I.A.,Thundercat and Rihanna // Some warm evergreen sounds by JMSN, The Doppelgangaz, After The Smoke, Logic, Hayasua, Romare // A few drum & bass, zouk bass and cumbia surprises to keep things lively.

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It’s The Right Time – Daichi Miura
Score – JMSN
Shipibo Icaro – Flako
Soul Food – Logic
Untouchable – Pusha T
Westside, Right On Time (Instrumental) – Kendrick Lamar ft. Young Jeezy
No No No ( Andrés Digital Cumbia Remix) – Dawn Penn
Them Changes – Thundercat
Mr. Telephone Man – Erykah Badu
Come Leave – After The Smoke
Suppository – The Doppelgangaz
Farewell Blues – Hayasua
BTSTU (Nu Direction Remix) – Jai Paul
Down The Line (It Takes A Number) – Romare
Borders – M.I.A
Get Ur Freak On (Riot Bootleg) – Missy Elliot
Burakaton – Buraka Som Sistema ft. Bomba Estereo
Work – Rihanna ft. Drake

Winning

 Been a heck of a while since I compiled something, and this could probably be the first of quite a few this year…. Well, here’s a random set of warm sounds – moombahton, afrobeats, dancehall and similar stuff. Heavy on the Major Lazer and Uproot Andy, some Just A Band and Wizkid…and finally a little bit of Drake to say goodbye.

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1.Zenga – Flamme Kapaya
2.Romie Bashment (Moombahton Bootleg) – DJ Boss
3.Light It Up (Remix) – Major Lazer ft. Nyla & Fuse ODG
4.Definitely (Cocotaxi Remix) – Discos Peligrosa
5.Winning in Life – Just A Band ft. Owuor Arunga
6.Homaje a Justino (Uproot Andy Remix) – Grupo Sovacon
7.Sound It – Wizkid
8.Raba Raba (Uproot Andy Remix) – Khaled
9.Watch Out For This (Bumaye) – Major Lazer ft. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green
10.Somos Dos (Tombs Moombahton Remix) – Bomba Estéreo
11.Gyal Yuh Bad – Leftside
12.Time Out – Branko ft. Orlando
13.Now & Forever – Drake