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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 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 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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Kologbo - Africa Is The Future

Kologbo - Africa Is The Future (CD/LP/T-shirt, 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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Kologbo - Dont Mind Them

Kologbo - Don't Mind Them (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2016)


'Don't Mind Them' is the first single extracted from Oghene Kologbo's long-awaited second album 'Africa Is The Future' , to be released in december 2016 on Paris DJs. Kologbo was Fela Kuti's tenor guitar player in Afrika 70. It was only in 2007 that he put out his first solo album, 'Remember Fela' , with the berlin-based Afrobeat Academy (which would later on evolve into Ebo Taylor's band for his...

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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents The Afrofunk International and Tropical Grooves Experience

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents The Afrofunk International & Tropical Grooves Experience (5CDs boxset, Paris DJs, 2016)


5 conceptual compilations with various strands of groovy, funky, psychedelic and moving afrofunk, afrobeat, ethio-jazz, highlife, afrojazz, afrosoul, Carribean Funk and other Tropical Grooves from all over the world. All new & exclusive tracks from the best Afro bands today hand-picked by the Paris DJs Soundsystem gang of curators....

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Paris DJs October 2015 Live Recommandations

October 2015 Recommended Live Shows in Paris


The amount of cool shows happening in Paris or close during this month of october is just plain ridiculous. Even ourselves keep on mixing up the dates of all the upcoming ones we absolutely don't want to miss! So we thought it could be useful to chronologically list all the ones we feel could be interesting. Maybe we'll meet at some of those gigs?...

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Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - The Fourth feat Muyiwa Kunnuji

Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - The Fourth feat. Muyiwa Kunnuji (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2015)


Killer afrofunk bombs are dropping regularly with the Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra project. After one limited (and sold out) 45, 'Ogun', two very limited t-shirt singles, 'Talking & Singing' and 'The Wow!', and two instrumental tracks released on the Paris DJs Soundsystem 'Massive Hits From The Grant Phabao Factory' LP, 'Ymoja' and 'Mazouglave', all featuring heavyweight musicians from the...

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Les Freres Smith - Free To Go

©© Les Frères Smith - Free To Go (CD/2LP, self-released, 2015)


Four years after their first album ' Contreband Mentality', French Afrobeat/Ethio-Jazz band ©© Les Frères Smith is finally back with a new full-length release. Second albums are always the hardest, so the Paris-based collective took their time and it was well worth the wait! The album is a mesmerizing tour-de-force in funky Afro music recorded and produced in Paris, with great interplay between...

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