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Kologbo - Africa Is The Future

Every 6th of the month is now officially Kologbo day !


Kologbo was Fela's tenor guitar player in Afrika 70. He's been teaching Afrobeat all around the world those last years: Berlin with Afrobeat Academy, Brazil with Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra Iconili or Amplexos, Chile with Newen Afrobeat, Belgium with World Squad, France with Les Frères Smith or Monkuti, and many more. His second long-player "Africa Is The Future" has been eagerly expected...

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Kologbo - Africa Is The Future

Kologbo - Africa Is The Future (LP/T-shirt pre-order, Paris DJs, 2017)


Kologbo - Africa Is The Future Guitar legend Oghene Kologbo was born in Warri, Nigeria in 1957. His father was the well known highlife musician Joe King Kologbo. When Kologbo was a teenager, he began performing with the revolutionary Afrobeat master Fela Kuti. Kologbo went on to record more than 50 sides with Africa 70. He played the hypnotic tenor guitar lines, but often recorded bass and rhythm...

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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (CD/2LP, Strut Records, 2015)


Ben Abarbanel-Wolff is an American saxophonist and composer who lives in Berlin. He has played and recorded with The Poets Of Rhythm, Karl Hector & The Malcouns, The Whitefield Brothers, Franck Biyong, Tony Allen or the Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra. In 2007 he released with his band Afrobeat Academy an album with Fela's guitarist Oghene Kologbo, 'Remember Fela Anikulapo Kuti'. That same band...

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The Faranas & Baba Salah Run Run

The Faranas & Baba Salah - Run Run (Digital album, Everest Record, 2014)


The Faranas is a Swiss-based band we had spotted on Bandcamp with their 2011 album 'Who Are You?', a few tracks of which could have fit Paris DJs afro/tropical compilations. We got in touch but the group asked us to wait for their upcoming new album, which added to the group's line-up the Malian singer and guitarist Baba Salah. In 2009 they were already joined by Senegalese singer and...

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Ebo Taylor New Morning Paris Mars 2014

Ebo Taylor & Afrobeat Academy - March 26th at Le New Morning (Paris)


Guitar player and arranger, Ebo Taylor from Ghana is the missing link between Accra, where highlife was born, and Lagos, the afrobeat Mecca. 100% funky, 100% groove. Well that's how Ebo is introduced for his 2014 tour. What we can assure you, having seen him many times on stage, is that if you haven't check his amazing live show with the Afrobeat Academy yet, then you're missing something. Go grab...

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Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol 8

Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol.8


This heighth Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection is another extravaganza spectacular batch of 50 tracks, with a heavy dose of soul, some Afro funkyness, Reggae grooves, Hip Hop head-nodders and latin vibes… Don't hesitate to pick your favorites, like 'em, share 'm and playlist 'em again!! The 'Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection' is a series we try to do on a bi-monthly schedule, with every odd number a...

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Paris DJs Best Of 2012 Contenders

Paris DJs presents The 20 Contenders Albums of 2012


10 best albums for 2012 was really hard to pin down. We had to leave a lot of very good record on the side. That's totally unacceptable with all the amazing goodies we received every month during the past year. Which is why we decided to select 20 more superb albums from 2012. The contenders!...

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Grant Phabao and Djouls 21st Century Afro Spectacular Vol 4

Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro Spectacular Vol.4


This 4th volume of Paris DJs' Spectacular series assembles once again new cool afro grooves from the international scene, with tracks coming from all over the place: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Congo, Denmark, Ehtiopia, France, Ghana, Hungary, Mali, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, and, of course, lots of band from the USA where the Afro fever has now risen to new heights after the success of...

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Grant Phabao and Djouls 21st Century Afro Spectacular Vol 3

Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro Spectacular Vol.3


When I was younger you couldn't find funky, soulful or psychedelic Afro music at all in France. Then I stumbled upon a used Fela CD and with the arrival of the 21st century I discovered Antibalas. Both rocked my musical world and changed my life forever. Flash forward to 2012 and I now run the Paris DJs music agency, producing with label partner Grant Phabao the same kind of Afro music I fell in...

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Ebo Taylor Appia Kwa Bridge

Ebo Taylor - Appia Kwa Bridge - out on Strut Records, Grant Phabao co-produced 2 tracks!


Ebo Taylor - Appia Kwa Bridge (CD/2xLP/Digital) Strut Records STRUT089, 2012-04-17 After his first studio album in so many years, Love And Death, with the Afrobeat Academy (which includes some legendary Poets of Rhythm members!), and an absolute must-have of a double compilation, Life Stories (if you haven't heard this one yet, stop what you are doing right now and correct this asap!), our...

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