Rhythm and Roots

Autonomous Africa III

Autonomous Africa return for the third edition of the afro-grooving, beat crunching, border crossing music project curated by Glasgow’s legendary DJ and producer, JD Twitch. This series of small run, independently released 12″s and the accompanying fundraising nights are raising money… Read More

Afro-House Explorations

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Songs For Desert Refugees

Over the past few months Mali has faced one of it’s worst crises since the 1960s. In January secular Tuareg rebels rose up against the national army calling for a separate Tuareg state. The uprising was quickly seized upon by foreign… Read More

Punk in Africa: A selection (DJ Zhao)

Punk in Africa is a documentary currently touring cinemas and film festivals which looks at the history of punk rock music in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Kenya from the 1970s to the present. The film examines the fascinating social… Read More

Awesome Music from Africa

A little look at a handful of exciting music released this week which concentrates on new and forgotten music from the African continent. First up Awesome Tapes from Africa‘s first official release as a label. The blog has… Read More

Afrographique – Charting Africa

Thanks to okayafrica for this one, which, though not strictly musical…is well worth writing about. Afrographique is a Tumblr site run by Ivan Colic, art director/information designer at the South African advertising agency Zoom Advertising. The blog focuses… Read More

Label Showcase: Out Here Records

Out Here Records was set up with a simple purpose: to introduce the world to another side of African music. Since its inception, the Munich based label has promoted and showcased urban music scenes from Dakar to Cape… Read More

The Very Best Super Mom Remixes

Afro-UK Collaborative extraordinaries The Very Best are offering up a  couple of free remixes taken from their Super Mom mixtape which was released back in May. The two remixes of the track Ndekha ft. Moroka come from the… Read More

Sudan Votes Music Hopes vs Akwaaba Music

Sudan Votes Music Hopes is a project initiated by Berlin based M.!.C.T. (Media In Cooperation and Transition), a media development organisation who ‘focus on the interplay between conflict, media coverage and reconciliation in crisis regions’, in particular the… Read More

Batida – Mamã Africa

I got to know Batida while I was in Portugal and caught their fantastic live set at the Sines festival. The band actually started as a radio show called Rádio Fazuma in Portugal but evolved into a live… Read More