Yéké Yéké’ was re-recorded in a shorter version (faster, electric and more conducive to dancing) for the album Akwaba Beach in 1987. The song’s dazzling success took everyone by surprise. The sales soared to more than a million singles and half a million albums and its listing on the hit parades around the world multiplied. When ‘Yéké Yéké’ reached the top spot on the Pan-European charts in Billboard magazine (USA) in 1988, the griot from Kissidougou had succeeded in giving African music the place it rightfully deserves (more..)
Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke:
Salif Keita (born August 25, 1949) is an internationally recognized afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is unique not only because of his reputation as the Golden Voice of Africa, but because he is an albino and a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. This royal heritage meant that he should never have become a singer, which was deemed to be a griot’s role. (more ..)
Salif keita – Madan (gekko remix)
Salif keita – Mosoulou (osunlade mix)
Just A Band is a Kenyan house/funk/disco band whose career was launched with their debut album, Scratch To Reveal, in 2008. Their music has explored various musical directions such as, but not limited to jazz, hip-hop, disco and electronica.
The band are also notable for their DIY aesthetic. In addition to writing, recording and engineering their music, the band creates their own music videos, packaging and promotional items and establishing a strong web and blog presence, referencing elements from virtual band like Gorillaz and incorporating anime and animation, illustration and photography in their visual campaigns. (more ..)
Just a band – Owinyo Piny
just a band – twende kazi
The second born of twelve children to Nigerian émigrés in London, Siji spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before coming to the US to further pursue his musical ambitions. His own cultural heritage combined with the political and social movements of the age, exposed young Siji to the insurgent, politicized music of the Afrobeat legends Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Tony Allen as well as the soulful grooves of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Otis Redding. His parents, in particular, his father, loved music, but like most children of hardworking immigrants, Siji was urged by them to pursue a career in the professional fields of medicine or law. But the lure of the music was too strong. In the nineties, when London was bursting at the seams with new music and groups like Loose Ends, Soul II Soul, and D-Influence dominated the scene, Siji’s attention was captured and he began to follow his passion for making and recording his own music. (more..)
Siji – irinajo
Siji – fantasy
A meeting with Miller in 2005 resulted in the two collaborating on the well-received Prelude To A Motion EP, released on trail-blazing Paris-based Atal Music. Several more excellent productions have followed on the imprint including last year’s ‘Moina Ya Mokili’ featuring Abel Tabu.
Satva’s Afro-beat productions have also caught the attention of world-renowned Afro-beat and world music tastemaker Osunlade, on whose Yoruba Records imprint he released Satva’s four track EP ‘Satva Varti’ in mid 2007. Satva has since contributed several other remixes to the label and will shortly release a full-length album showcasing his ever-evolving talents.
2008 has seen him continue his winning run. Along with establishing his own Offerings Recordings imprint, Bubble Soul, Seasons Limited, Offering, Seed and Ocha have all been clamoring to release his now well-known ‘Ancestral Healing’ mixes and productions this year. Now, with ‘Punch Koko’ set to drop on Vega Records, his profile is set to rise further.
Born and raised in the Central African Republic, Boddhi Satva – real name Armani Kombot-Naguemon – was raised on an eclectic diet of Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop and Funk as well as traditional African music including Soukous, Makossa and Ndombolo. A move to Brussels in 2000 saw him begin to develop his production talents as he was slowly seduced by the sounds of House and most notably the productions of Kevin Yost and Alton Miller(more ..).
Boddhi Satva – Moina na mokili
Boddhi Satva – Na uti ya musika
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