Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Akwaaba Up In Your Speakers

If you’re the type of Afropop listener who gravitates towards dancehalls and hard-hitting African club anthems, then keeping up on the string of great releases from Akwaaba Music is a must. We don’t want to pigeon-hole them, though. Their catalog of releases is deep, varied and should be checked out by all fans of African/African-Diaspora music. In addition to releasing music, Akwaaba does other great things like going to Africa and giving up and coming artists a rundown on how the music business works. They also act as a publicity and marketing firm for musicians to get their music to the world. In other words: they rule.

Recently, two specific releases from Akwaaba caught our attention. The first is a series of remixes of the hit single, “Azingele,” by Ghana’s Ruff-N-Smooth. If you haven’t heard of the duo, they released a number of hits in Ghana over the past two years and are bound to catch on stateside and beyond any time now.

Check out the original track and the remixes below:


Azingele Remixed by Akwaaba Music

The second release we are digging is a unique collaboration between the hiplife duo FOKN Bois (M3NSA and Wanlov The Kubolor) and an Hungarian production duo Irie Maffia. Titled The FOKN Dunaquest In Budapest, the collab is an eclectic and highly unique output that mashes house, dancehall, hip-life and hip-hop into a upbeat and energetic set. The release was due out yesterday.

Get a taste of it below:

FOKN Bois meet Irie Maffia Prod.-FOKN Dunaquest Minimix by Irie Maffia Production

In late May we will be producing a new program surveying the African hip-hop scene and beyond. Be sure to stay tuned to hear more great music coming from Akwaaba and others.

-Saxon Baird
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