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AfroBeat

Etuk Ubong – Africa Today

Recorded live and cut direct-to-disc on Thursday 13th & Friday 14th June 2019 at Artone Studio, Haarlem, The Netherlands.

Hailed by none other than Seun Kuti as “one of the best things to come out of Lagos”, Nigerian trumpeter, composer and bandleader Etuk Ubong has developed an original style he calls “Earth Music”.

Weaving together a unique combination of not only afrobeat, highlife and jazz, but also the ritualistic drumming of Ekombi, the result is urgent and highly energetic, yet spiritual; his compositions reflecting his heritage and life philosophy of goodwill, peace and love for humanity. Ubong’s music is so vibrant and propulsive that one can easily make comparisons with leading lights of the UK scene, such as the Shabaka Hutchings-led Sons of Kemet, but at the same time it is distinctly Nigerian.

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AfroBeat AfroJazz

Manu Dibango – Waka Juju

Ode to Juju Music on this 6-track album from 1982.

Mixing afrobeat, highlife and jazz funk influences across 6 tracks, Dibango incorporated electronic elements into his sound, with synths played by legend Wally Badarou.

Tracklist:

1. Waka Juju
2. Douala Serenade
3. Africa Boogie
4. Mouna Pola
5. Ma Marie
6. Manga-bolo

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Old African Music

RIP Nana Kwame Ampadu

Renowned Ghanaian highlife musician, Nana Ampadu, died on September 28, 2021. In this interview from 2007, historian Jennifer Hart talks with him about the music that made him famous.

God was everywhere in the street