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Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro

Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro
(MP3 Podcast on T.I.M.E.C., 2008-08-18

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In the next 6 weeks, Paris DJs activists Grant Phabao & Djouls will explore the many facets of 21st century African music, from Afrobeat to Afrofunk, from Afrosoul to Afrojazz, etc. This week's selection opens the salva with one of THE albums of the year, the second opus from The Budos Band, one you NEED - trust us. After a glimpse of the new Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble album, we're proud to present a new master of African music, Seun Kuti, bravely and proudly reaching out to his father with a bomb of a first album! A record we'll lookout for in the coming months is Antony Joseph & The Spasm Band's new one on french jazz label Heavenly Sweetness. You'll get here a taste of their recently released "La Diablesse EP", which hints at some serious afro-punk-jazz grooves. Concerning Kokolo, we've already told ya many times that their formula is flawless: funky afrobeat to dance to. Nuff' said. Nostalgia 77 is a UK artist with a huge soul-jazz sensibility, producing, remixing, releasing a LOT of stuff on Brighton's Tru Thoughts label and around. Grant Phabao got the chance to remix his cover of The White Stripes' 7 Nation Army featuring the incredible vocals of Alice Russell. It's available on his current "One Offs, Remixes & B-sides" compilation, along with an afrodeepfunk remix of his "Freedom" track, which we've included here. Closing this mix is former Fela guitarist/bassist Oghene Kologbo's latest single, extracted from his Fela Kuti homage album (available with two different covers for CD and vinyl). If you were in Paris this August (2008) you shouldn't have missed the 4 consecutive free Antibalas free shows in Parcs - Oghene was there guest-starring, offering some superb afrorock guitar solos... All in all 30mn is VERY short for afrobeat - but if you come back next week, we should have uploaded a new selection of the best 21st Century Afro Music you may find!! See ya there.

Tracklisting :
01. The Budos Band - Adeniji
(from 'The Budos Band II' album, 2008 / Daptone) USA
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02. Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble - Fela Dey
(from 'President Dey Pass' album, 2008 / Afrobomb Music) USA
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03. Seun Kuti + Fela's Egypt 80 - Fire Dance
(from 'Many Things' album, 2008 / Tôt ou Tard) NIGERIA
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04. Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band - Vero
(from 'La Diablesse EP' 12 inch, 2008 / Heavenly Sweetness) TRINIDAD/UK
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05. Kokolo - Our Own Thing
(from 'Love International' album, 2008 / Freestyle) USA
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06. Nostalgia 77 Octet - Freedom (The Freedom Zombie Dance Remix Part 2)
(from 'Freedom Zombie Dance' 7 inch, 2006 / Tru Thoughts, available on the 'One Offs, Remixes & B-Sides' 2xCD compilation) UK
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07. Oghene Kologbo And Afrobeat Academy - Afro Confusion
(from 'Remember Fela Anikulapo Kuti' album, 2007 / Lions Ark Records) NIGERIA
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Credits :
Selected and mixed by Grant Phabao & Djouls(
Artwork by Djouls (, photo by srbyug under a Creative Commons license
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (


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Sheryl Sheryl ·  18 August 2008, 15:28

Hey, if you like Fela Kuti and Antibalas, you may like to see Fela! Off-Broadway! It's about Fela Kuti's life, with music arrangements by Antibalas and choreography by Bill T. Jones. It's going on now at 37 Arts in New York City and you can get $25 tickets if you visit and use code Social1.

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Paris DJs Paris DJs ·  19 August 2008, 07:56

Nice one! Will check it out. We love both Fela and Antibalas here - Amayo from Antibalas was even at TIMEC headquarters producing some new tracks with Grant Phabao and Lawkyz those last two days!!

Xicu Xicu ·  27 August 2008, 17:19

Hey guys, thank you so much for the music and for discovering new sounds. it's been two years that i'm listening to you every week, in Spain and now in Jordan. U are the best.

Gabriel Gabriel ·  29 August 2008, 08:54

Wow this is really good

apero-night apero-night ·  11 November 2008, 12:39

( Seun Kuti + Fela\'s Egypt 80 - Fire Dance  )trop top , delire trance afrobeat et le concert de SEUN KUTI c est de la balle

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