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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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Tony Allen - Film Of Life

Tony Allen - Film Of Life (CD, Jazz Village, 2014)

Our readers & listeners don't need any introduction to master drummer Tony Allen, inventor of the afrobeat rhythm… The man released last october a new album on a French label, Jazz Village, that landed at Paris DJs HQ last week thanks to Ebo Taylor's saxophonist. Still the amazing drummer he's always been, Tony Allen tries to sum up his career on this record, a quite obvious fact if you listen...

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Martin Perna from Antibalas Paris 2013

Antibalas, Tony Allen & Chief Udoh Essiet - Live in Paris, 2013

The Antibalas show this week in Paris for Jazz à la Villette was rad! As last year at New Morning, they played a killer Afrobeat set, reaching terrible heights on the new tracks such as "Gold Rush", bringing chills down the spine and tears in the eyes… and that was before the surprise arrival of legendary drummer Tony Allen and percussionist Chief Udoh Essiet for a take on 'Alagbon...

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Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol 7

Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection Vol.7

This seventh Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection is an extravaganza spectacular selection of 50 tracks, with a lot fo Afro tunes, some Reggae goodies, Latin bits, hip Hop bombs and more… All killer, no filler, and plenty of choice tracks for you to share!! The 'Paris DJs Soundcloud Selection' is now a bi-monthly series, with every odd number a selection of cool tracks to listen to as a full radio show,...

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Doctor L Sweet Life Grant Phabao Remix

Doctor L - Sweet Life feat. Allonymous (Grant Phabao Remix)

Coming from Dublin, Liam Farrell a.k.a. Doctor L came along various musical courants: hip-hop, rock, afro, folk… Well-known producer (Assassin, Rodolphe Burger, Tony Allen…). He's always in quest of a sound revolution. His latest albums from 2012, 'The Great Depression' and 'We Got Lost', saw him deconstructing and re-inventing the blues genre with class, just like he had done with hip hop, rock...

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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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DJ Center Paris DJs Mix Center Bumps

DJ Center - Center Bumps - Paris DJs Spécial

DJ Center - Center Bumps - Paris DJs Spécial (All Vinyl Mix) (MP3 Podcast on Push The Fader, 2011-09-06 DJ Center comes from the now heavy Paris DJs Brooklyn connection. I had discovered him through his former band, Open Thought, way back in 2003... It was a 12 inch called Force of Life, which never left my bag since then. Always a pleasure to play and definitively a killer...

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Les Freres Smith Contreband Mentality

©© Les Frères Smith - Contreband Mentality - mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao

©© Les Frères Smith - Contreband Mentality (gatefold 2xLP) Cafe Creme Contreband Corporation, 2011-04-22 (CD/Digital) Comet, late may 2011 ©© les Freres Smith - the Smiths brothers - is a Paris based 14 piece collective specialized in afrobeat and ethio flavoured grooves. These music smugglers have been touring the French and European scenes for more than 10 years, always with the same blasting...

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The Black Cat Hard 2 Find vol 1

The Black Cat - Hard 2 Find Vol.1 Mixtape

The Black Cat - Hard 2 Find Vol.1 (MP3 Podcast on, digital album on Colored-Inc., 2011-03-04 The Black Cat, the first album on the Colored-Inc. label ( launched a year ago by Djouls and Doctor L, is what some could say a 'world' album. Blending Latin grooves with Afro rhythms, Reggae harmonies with American Jazz or Funk vibes, Saudade with...

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The Drug Store Hard 2 Find Vol 3

The Drug Store - Hard 2 Find Vol.4 (CD/Digital, Colored-Inc.)

The Drug Store - Hard 2 Find Vol.4 (Download/Limited CD) Colored-Inc. COLI009, 2010-09-06 The Drug Store is the first venture for the Colored-Inc. label into Psychedelic Folk & Rock vibes. Blending Nigerian harmonies with American Folk and Jazz, Reggae chants with Stoner Rock and Hip Hop beats or Nyabinghi percussions, freaky electronics with Afrobeat or deep poetry, James Bond-like...

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