What we have been watching online Nov/2011

We listen to a lot of music at Africa Express. Here are some of the things we’ve been watching, reading and listening…


Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s ‘Ethiopia’, written about Flea’s experience of generosity when he got lost in a market on the Africa Express trip to Ethiopia:

Flea talks about his experience here:
http://africasacountry.com/2011/09/19/red-hot-chili-peppers-get-lost-in-ethiopia/

Baloji: KARIBU YA BINTOU feat. Konono N°1 – Track featured in the Africa Express Sound System set at Standon Calling:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfunS_xZK0M&feature=related

BLNRB is what happened when some of Nairobi’s best hip-hop & electro artists shared a house with Berlin’s electronic music scene:

Baloji (frequent AfEx collaborator): Le jour d’apres/ Siku ya baadaye (Independence cha-cha)

Toumani Diabate’s Black Cab Session:
http://blackcabsessions.com/index.php?id=1269532204&type=5

Fatoumata Diawara – ‘Alama’ live on Later with Jools Holland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igu1Ryz4qjg

Blitz the Ambassador – ‘Breathe’:

Professor ft Oskido & Picat “Toyi Toyi”

RICHY PITCH feat M.anifest – Blackstar (featured in recent AESS standon calling show)

One of the best videos we’ve seen in a while and a recent MOBO nominee:

SPOEK MATHAMBO: Control

Toumast: Electric guitar vs Ag Keyna’s rebel attitude:

Ag Keyna is a former Touareg freedom fighter who was seriously injured in 1993, turning to music to carry on his fight. He teamed with his niece, percussionist and haunting vocalist Aminatou Goumar. and French multi-instrumentalist/ producer Dan Levy. Listen here – http://www.last.fm/music/Toumast

We don’t know how to describe this except for by its title, ‘Boomslang Hyperdub’ :

(Artist LV ft Okmalumkoolkat – Boomslang Hyperdub 2010)

Need a Liberian electro house fix? Try some Chief Boima: http://ghettobassquake.com/gbeco-mix-o A musician, DJ, cultural activist, writer and true global citizen

Vampiro – ‘Haunter’ New S.African dubstep producer – love this

Joan As Policewoman talking about AE:

Zahara – ‘Loliwe’

vocalist from Johannesburg who got so much love on the blogs that her album went platinum after 13 days:

General Pype: Nigerian dancehall Artist

General Pype – BORN CHAMPIONS ABRA ZIMBABWE MIX by abrasimz2011

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