New single out today. Blog favourite Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger. According to Wikipedia, “The Tuareg people are a large Berber ethnic confederation. They principally inhabit the Sahara in a vast area stretching from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Traditionally nomadic pastoralists, small groups of Tuareg are also found in northern Nigeria.” Previous #SOTDs here: ‘Wiwasharnine’ and here: ‘Anar’. The new single is released on Sahel Sounds.
Penya are 4 piece percussion driven electronic quartet led by producer and multi-instrumentalist Magnus PI (previous #SOTD here: Why So Angry (Edit)). And Msafiri Zawose is a prominent contemporary Gogo musicians, a style music which relies heavily on the zeze and ilimba in combination with distinct lyrical harmonies. Another great release for On The Corner Records.
Accra-based vocalist Ghanaian vocalist Bryte collaborates again with Mina and Tarquin for ‘Ice Cream’, lead track from the 4-song EP ‘R&S presents: More Time Records Vol. 1’. A fun mix of Ghanaian-beats with UK grime. Out now on R & S Records.
USA born (Hampton, Virginia), now Berlin-based producer Adam Longman Parker released his first full-length LP ‘Colored’ last year under the artist name Afriqua. The album “is a celebration of the unifying power of Black culture through the prism of electronic music”. Released on R & S Records.
KOKOKO! is a collective born in Kinshasa capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, consisting of musical instrument inventors from the Ngwaka neighbourhood, electronic producer débruit, Makara Bianko (aka the Lingwala devil) and his dancers from the Lingwala neighbourhood. Their previous single Azo Toke has been a previous #SOTD (30 Nov 2018). Taken from the debut album ‘Fongola’, forthcoming on Transgressive Records.
Sampa Tembo (aka Sampa The Great) is a Zambia-born, Botswana-raised, and now Australia-based poet, singer-songwriter, and rapper. Final Form is Sampa’s first new music for 2019. Produced by longtime collaborator Silentjay (Rhythm Section) – and mixed by Jonwayne (his previous #SOTD here). Out on Ninja Tune, and available for £1 on Bandcamp.