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Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra

Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra (Limited edition LP, Paris DJs, 2018)


Access to groovy, funkin', rockin', psychedelic, revolutionary (etc.) African music as we've grown to like it at Paris DJs was not for everyone before the internet age. For Paris DJs co-founder Loik, it began in the early 80s when he met with a former Fela Kuti horn player, who introduced him to Afrobeat. When Loik arrived at Radio Nova in 1986 (he was radio programmer there between 1987 and...

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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Vito - Selecta 01 - Soulful Grooves

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Vito - Selecta 01 - Soulful Grooves


A long-time activist of the French music scene, Vito has never sold his soul to the music industry. Quite the opposite, he was a member of the Hérétik crew, and probably one of the amazing guys who made the legendary rave at the Piscine Molitor in Paris happen, during the spring of 2001 (among other unreal events). A friend of the Paris DJs collective before it even existed, Vito has just always...

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Paris DJs Soul System - Live Dub Session 2018

Paris DJs Soul System - Wearplay LP#29 - Live Dub Session 2018 (T-shirt/Mix bundle, Paris DJs/Le T-shirt Français, 2018)


Back from their gig at the Glastonbury Festival in 2013, the Paris DJs collective decided to up the game with a brand new stage concept called the Paris DJs Soul System, an innovative show blending deejaying and old school dub session, all with original tunes and remixes, taken from nearly two decades of music production. From Jamaican soul, ska, rocksteady & reggae to American funk &...

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Paris DJs Wearplay EP 028 Cool Down feat Monkuti

Kologbo - Wearplay EP#28 - Cool Down feat. Monkuti (T-shirt/Digital single bundle, Paris DJs/Le T-shirt Français, 2018)


We nearly missed KOLOGBO DAY. Every 6th of the month is Kologbo day at Paris DJs, which means we're celebrating our friend Oghene Kologbo, who was Fela Kuti's tenor guitarist in Afrika 70, who played with nearly everyone from the worldwide afrobeat scene ever since it emerged in the late 1990s (thanks to Antibalas a a few others), who released an album a few months ago on our Paris DJs label… So...

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Paris DJs Wearplay EP 025 Change The System

Kologbo - Wearplay EP#26 - Dog Eat Dog (T-shirt/Digital single bundle, Paris DJs/Le T-shirt Français, 2018)


Not a month goes by without a sixth in it, so here's this April's one… Yes it's the 6th of the month, it's KOLOGBO DAY! So is there something special happening on Kologbo day? Indeed there is. Today we're proud to present 'Dog Eat Dog', another fantastic afrobeat banger, ready to devastate the most discerning global dancefloors! Kologbo, the former Afrika 70 tenor guitarist with Fela Kuti, hot on...

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Paris DJs Wearplay EP 025 Change The System

Kologbo & Afrobeat Academy - Wearplay EP#25 - Change The System (T-shirt/Digital single bundle, Paris DJs/Le T-shirt Français, 2018)


Every 6th of the month at Paris DJs is KOLOGBO DAY and this one is a special one — those in the know will understand — and this is why we're fulfilling Kologbo's request to reissue his 'Change The System' tune. It was released 10 years ago on his first album, 'Remember Fela Anikulapo Kuti', with German band Afrobeat Academy. Kologbo had heard it played in a mix from Paris DJs' podcast, and wanted...

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Paris DJs Wearplay EP 024 Kologbo Get Rich Quick

Kologbo - Wearplay EP#24 - Get Rich Quick (T-shirt/Digital single bundle, Paris DJs/Le T-shirt Français, 2018)


February 6th, it's Kologbo day at Paris DJs - just like every other 6th of the month we're releasing a brand new song from Fela Kuti Afrika 70's tenor guitar player! This one is called 'Get Rich Quick' and features the horn section and percussion player from French band Les Frères Smith, along with backing vocals from Chilean band Newen Afrobeat's quatuor of singers. No Tony Allen here, Kologbo...

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Paris DJs Wearplay EP 023 Kologbo Music No Get Enemy

Kologbo - Wearplay EP#23 - Music No Get Enemy (T-shirt/Digital single bundle, Paris DJs/Le T-shirt Français, 2018)


Fela Kuti had this song called 'Water No Get Enemy', on his 1975 album 'Expensive Shit' with the Afrika 70 band. Its title meant something like "Nobody hates something as useful as water". 43 years later, Fela's guitarist Kologbo, who played on nearly all of Fela's 1970s records (including this 1975 one), is paying a kind of tribute to that song and his former bandleader, with 'Music No...

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Paris DJs Wearplay EP 022 Kologbo Look Around

Kologbo - Wearplay EP#22 - Look Around (T-shirt/Digital single bundle, Paris DJs/Le T-shirt Français, 2017)


Every 6th of the month is Kologbo day at Paris DJs, even when Kologbo is touring in Chile! After unveiling this new tune last month on Soundcloud, here's its official digital/t-shirt Wearplay release. Hot on the heels of a successful crowdfunding campaign for the pressing of his 2nd LP, 'Africa Is The Future', Fela Kuti's tenor guitar player in Afrika 70 is back with 'Look Around', recorded and...

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Paris DJs Wearplay EP 021 Franck Biyong CFA Music

Franck Biyong & The Diamane Bantu Messengers - Wearplay EP#21 - C.F.A. Music (T-shirt/Digital EP bundle, Paris DJs/Le T-shirt Français, 2017)


Franck Biyong is a Cameroonian musician, composer and singer, creator of the "Afrolectric" sound fusing Afrobeat, Electro-Funk and Avant-garde Jazz. Here are 4 tunes co-produced with Paris DJs' main man Grant Phabao, extracted from the "Ki I Ye Yi" album they released together in 2012. Driven by a heavyweight spatial sound, this music is the missing link between the bold...

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