Its holiday season and a time to catch up with our friends and family in the continent, having the rest of December and the opening of 2019 charactered with family gatherings, friend hangouts and self-loving dates amidst the beauty of nature, both in its wilderness form and aesthetically pleasing green and yellow hues in our home villages.
Tanzanian music Maverick Jack Moshi, a once previously residential Afrolutionist curated a perfect ten selction of songs that were either released and reissued this year. A healthy mix of the fresh and vintange for your eargasmic pleasure in the close of this year and the birthing of a new one.
- Gyedu Blay Ambolley
We start off in Ghana with Gyedu Blay ambolley’s new record. the seven minute track “the message” is some groovy highlife with shimmering synths that just sets the mood right. it was released this year on Analog africa
2. Basa Basa
While we are still on Ghanaian highlife, reissued this year , is this record that was sublimely put together with the help of Fela kuti and a South African Producer. check out Homowo and Black Light, all on the A side.
3. Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
What continues to amaze me about Tony allen is how he continues to work and collaborate with the younger generation of artists, collaborations with Roots Manuva, speech debelle for example are constantly worth every listen. I think this project with Jeff Mills makes sense. I’m also loving this generational fusion of sound in this “Tomorrow comes the harvest” record. Great artwork too!
“Blame fire” is a record i must admit I kept playing back this year. It’s a very personal one for me and I’m sure many other people. Heavy production by CID Rim and let’s not forget how sensational the visual aspect of this project is as well. Big up to Rharha.
I’ve had my eye on Sabi for a little while now and it’s amazing how much her sound has matured on and off stage. her new EP available on soundcloud shows her potential. 2019 could be very good for her, did i mention that I’ve seen her live a couple of times in Dar es salaam? you should check her out; love how that hope song Undulates.
6. Dur Dur Band
Somalia now with Dur Dur Band whos latest release on Analog africa is definitely one for the dancefloor. Not sure around when a track like Yabaa for instance was put together but oh my days what a banger that is. the horn stabs the vocals.
7. Hugh Masekela ( A tribute)
We were all heartbroken when we heard the legendary Masekela’s passing. As a homage to this icon, Here’s Bra Hugh with the Hedzoleh band with Adade. Rest in Power.
8. Boubacar Traore
From the streets of Bamako to the club scenes of Marrakesh, FNX omar and Cee El Assaad have really done justice to that traore’s Mbadehou track whose original is great in its own right. Thankful for what they’re doing for the scene.
9. Marwan Pablo
We are in Egypt where I discovered Alexandrian rapper Marwan Pablo whos had a great year on the underground trap scene definitely a trendsetter.
10. Aline Frazao
This, in my view, is a pretty intense album for the feels lol. I love Aline period. Her sounds evolved a bit from more bossa nova to more soul. this one is definitely for the grown.
Check out the full playlist on spotify: