We joined Mally on Reprezent Radio for a special mix of our favourite Afro sounds for the 2019 Nando’s Music Exchange; 30 minutes of old and new favourites covering afrobeats, afro house and gqom. Listen back to the full show here.
Reminisce Oja DJ Christos & DJ Sdunkero Marimbara DJ Maphorisa Soweto Baby (feat. Wizkid & DJ Buckz) Sarz Good Morning Riddim DJ Cleo Do It Again Black Motion Fortune Teller Wizkid Caro (feat. Lax) DJ Maphorisa & DJ Shimza Makhe (feat. Moonchild Sanelly) Revolution Vulolo ft Nurse Jumping Back Slash That Mampara Teni SugarMummy Babes Wodumo Wololo (feat. Mampintsha) Prince Kaybee Gugulethu (feat. Indlovukazi, Supta & Afro Brothers) Chinko Ekun Able God DJ Mujava Township Funk Olamide Sheevita Juice feat Skepta Heavy K Therapy (feat. Burna Boy)
Watching the excellent Future Sounds of Mzansi Doc a few months ago reminded us of the importance of Township Funk. Not only was it a song that helped bring western eyes to the myriad of SA house vibes but also crossed over all types of dancefloors in the UK. I remember in particular being at an 2nd to last Babyshambles gig which also happened to be a rave and that song destroying the dancefloor. (It got a better reaction than the Burlesque dancer who was on earlier).
That’s not to say African Scream is the new Township Funk but i can see it crossing over all dancefloors in a similar manner. The High Pitched vocal, those kuduro drums and that xylophone just draw you in. You kind of don’t want it to stop, instead wishing to stay in the pocket for a while.
It makes sense that Enchufada are releasing it, Lisbon is the wave right now. That recent Boiler Room is another example of how much fun it all is. London will eventually catch on until then, lets do like the kids in the video are doing and dance.
We are going to go ahead and say this might be my favourite surprise of the year. Hagan has been someone we have been checking out over the past few months. His music straddles the line between Afro-House and House. A blend of Uk and Africa, it’s with this EP that he hits our sweet spot. Although predominately house, this Ep could slot alongside a lot of SA house, thinking of Black Motion in particular. It’s the added touches that make this special. The title track has a wavering note that is reminiscent of Ghana’s Azonto, then goes ahead and lets the drums ride out.
One of the tags of the EP is Uk Funky and whilst a lot of people want Afrohouse to be the one to take the place of the much loved genre this is an example of that being the case. Take The track the Music (the vocal sample ain’t for us) but the main rhythmic drums are similar to Crazy Cousins Inflation.
Hagan alongside another one of our faves Major Notes are bringing a UK dance flavour to Afrohouse which in our opinion is needed. Crowds here either want one or the other (Afrohouse sets or club sets), why not blend the two to create something unique.