Playing tracks by
Dorothy Masuka, Gétatchèw Mékurya, Boubacar Traoré, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba, Oumou Sangare and more.
It would have been around lunchtime on a Saturday afternoon around 6 years ago that my ears were changed forever. It was halfway through my first shift at a record store when Fela Kuti hollered a call-to-arms and was swiftly followed by a blast of horns and snaking, shaking, infectious rhythm that demanded the attention of my ears and hips. From then on we’ve been exploring the wonders not only of Afrobeat, but of many of the bewitching musical forms the continent has to offer. We’ve found that if you can shift your ears a little to the left and live without subtitles, you can find music that speaks to the heart, head and feet without the need for translation. It’s able to transport you to a desert, a bustling marketplace or a sweaty club with just a few bars and given our lack of a Summer so far, we thought this was the perfect time to share just a very small sample of what Africa’s given us over the last few years, to brighten up your afternoons and hopefully convert a few more