Category Archives: world music

Many Lessons from Africa

Islam and hip hop mix quite well actually:

MidNight Shems – Jbal Atlas mp3

Sister Fa – Selebou Yoon mp3

Hindered by my not understanding any of the gazillion dialects in Africa, I had to rely on my love of the beat.

This is a sample of the compilation Many Lessons released by Piranha. As much as we have come to dread religion for fear of not being in that puritan extreme, other cultures do manage to link the unlinkable. These are wild sounds of proclamation and prosternation – such is the West African way of hip hop.

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Awesome Tapes From Africa

This is music like you’ve never heard before, lest you’ve been to the African continent. It spears through my rotten Western soul!

Here’s my favourite:

Kandja Kouyate – Mayouba mp3

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