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Metropolitan Music

Exploring and juxtaposing the freshest African and European urban dance music.

Batida – Tirei o Chapéu Mix (Paris DJs)

Batida – Tirei O Chapéu Mix (Paris DJs) I have been a long time fan of Batida, the creation of Angolan / Portuguese DJ Mpula aka Pedro Coquenão, for their mix of traditional Angolan music with modern electronic styles. This… Read More

Maga Bo – Quilombo do Futuro Remixed

It took a while to get round to it but this is a release that really deserved some space on the blog. On Quilombo do Futuro, Maga Bo takes the rhythms and roots of Afro-Brazilian music and moulds them… Read More

Angolan House

Just read a great little piece from FADER by Benjamin Lebrave (the man behind Akwaaba Music) on the recent House music trend taking over Angolan clubs. Lebrave writes that Angolan producers like DJ Djeff and DJ Delany, inspired… 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

Buraka Som Sistema – Hangover (BaBaBa)

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Buraka Som Sistema return to our eyes and ears this week premiering their new video and single ‘Hangover (BaBaBa)’ via Pitchfork, a genre bending single/video taken from their forthcoming album Komba due out later this year…. 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Label Showcase: #2 Enchufada Records

“We love bass and we love music from weird parts of the globe.” For our second label showcase we have Portugal based Enchufada Records. The label was first started as a vehicle to release material by Buraka Som… Read More

Chop Chop! – Akwaaba Music

Akwaaba Music, the label founded by French DJ/crate digger Benjamin Lebrave celebrates its two year anniversary this week. Over the past two years Lebrave has put together over two dozen releases presenting a wide spectrum of contemporary, old… Read More