On Amil Shivji’s documentary film, Wahenga, we are privy to a series of conversations between old musician, their memories of the past and their quest to revive a fading musical tradition by becoming the ancestors.
The 1980s was a great time for African electronic music, with many subgenres like the Lagos Bougie sound, Burger Highlife, Makossa, Arab Funk (Habibi Funk) and Bubblegum Pop blooming from the fertile sound of the synthesizer and other electronic instruments coming mainly from Europe. Influenced partly by the global funk sound, African artists from Cairo... Continue Reading →
From the sparkly album art to the loose yet compact sequencing of fragments of his life in the track listing, Odunsi has successfully managed to create a courageous body of work that is enriching at its coldest and blissful at its warmest. Some moments in music are so rare and candid that they are instantly unforgettable. With the right chemistry of honest naked emotions and measured portions of the bliss of nostalgia and the racy excitement of uncertainty, few artists are able to hypnotize listeners. On “rare.” Odunsi The Engine does just that.
For Jowaa, this release promises to be the start of a boosted broadcast project where the pair aim to beam their sound as far as possible. It stands out in the current scope of Ghanaian alternative music as it pays homage to a long traditional of Accra based electronic music as well as engineering dance blueprints that are relevant to today’s times. Asorkpor 1.0 is beautiful for its sonic precision yet alive because of the narrative hardwired into the sound.
Yen Ara represent one of the final iterations on a quest to perfection. By dedicating his life to the music, Ebo Taylor has worked religiously to achieve what could be a near perfect sound. Not only does he achieve this on this album but he also pays homage to Fanti culture and how the communal use of music to lubricate daily chores is the main ingredient in is sonic composition.
For Kae Sun, this record is an expansion of his empathetic outlook on the conditions of a black man through music. It’s a very causal yet highly reflective look at his own experiences within a collective condition of struggle and oppression, joy and love. On Whoever Comes Knocking, with his identity as the center, Kae Sun invites clarity to his perspective by stirring up his sonic influences.
The music focused festival highlighting changing trends in the areas of art and technology, brought together a mixed bag of minds from all over the world to listen, learn, reflect and react .
For Katapila, this EP represent and exploration of the freedom and luxury afford him by succes yet it fails to make any resounding statement that sticks with you. However, you're still mesmerised into blissful dance, in typical Katapila fashion, with hard hitting bases and kinetic chords, straight from the streets of Accra.