Playing tracks by
Daktaris, Fanga, Franck Biyong Feat. Wunmi, Dele Sosimi, Akoya Afrobeat Ensable and more.
After the heydays of funky African music in the 70s and the death of afrobeat architect Fela Kuti in 1997 perhaps only former Fela Kuti collaborator and drummer extraordinaire Tony Allen and Fela's son Femi kept the super funky afrobeat fire burning. However, at the end of the 90s unlikely help came by New York house masters such as Kerri Chandler and the Masters At Work who started incorporating elements of afrobeat in their house and non-house productions. The fierce afrobeat brass and elastic drum patterns inspired by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen were also picked up by newly formed afrobeat ensembles such as Antibalas that really revived the original afrobeat art form.
This mix tape (compiled in 2007) is part 1 of a tribute to the new afrobeat recorded by numerous European and North American afrobeat enthusiasts, aided by expatriates from Nigeria and Cameroon.
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