Are the Marley’s the most musical family in the world? Possibly. Stephen has recently collaborated with Afropop favorite Angelique Kidjo and for this track hooked up with D.C. rapper Wale and the entire cast of Fela! The Musical to create an track that smoothly bridges roots-reggae with hip-hop.
NGUZUNGUZU – The Perfect Lullaby -->
The production duo of Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda, who go by a strange name have dropped a couple EPs of their own and worked on M.I.A.’s solid club-friendly mixtape VickiLexx. The 40 minute-plus mix, The Perfect Lullaby pairs undercurrents of Angolan musical styles such as Zouk and Kizomba with radio-friendly American R&B. Sound strange? Definitely. Somehow it works, though, making The Perfect Lullaby not so much a sleepy mixtape but a mash-up fitting for hot, weekend evenings. Oh and peep this really weird video by them:
Batida – "Mamã Africana"-->
Admittedly, we pretty much dig everything Akwabaa Records is dropping nowadays. Just listen to our new show, The Trans-National African Hip Hop Train, where the label is well represented. This EP by Batida is admittedly, the same song re-mixed three times. However, that shouldn’t stop you from grabbing it while you can. Each version features a different MC who Batida challenged to build a poem, essentially, about Africa.
"Aigna (f. Derek Trucks)" -->
The Malian guitar virtuoso has made it clear over the years that he is interested in working with variety of different artists from all over the world. His new album, The Secret, is no different with guest appearances from Dave Matthews and on this track, Derek Trucks.