This playlist is a celebration of Africa Month, highlighting Afrobeats and Alte as the key genres. A concoction guaranteed to give you all the good juju you need. The scene is set with Max Roach’s “All Africa” jazz tune that pays homage to the African beat. The song explains the history of the beat as Abbey explains lyrically “the beat has a rich and magnificent history. Full of adventure, excitement, and mystery. Some of it bitter, and some of it sweet. But all of it part of the beat, the beat, the beat” then goes to name contributors of the beat as the drumming continues “Bantu, Zulu, Watusi, Ashanti, Herero, Grebo, Ibo, Masuto, Nyasa, Ndumbo, Umunda, Bobo, Kongo, Hobo, Kikuyu, Bahutu, Mossi, Kisii (Kissi/Kisi), Mbangi, Jahomi, Fongo, Bandjoun, Bassa, Yoruba, Gola, Ila, Mandingo, Mangbetu, Yosee, Bali, Angoli, Biombii, Mbole, Malinke, Mende, Masai (Maasai), Masai, Masai”.
Now that the scene is set, the playlist crosses over to the popular sounds of the continent featuring musicians: Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Runtown, Tekno, Spellz, Tiwa Savage, Afro B, Ycee, Olamide, Juls, DJ Tunes, Adekunle Gold, Omah Lay, Youngbodzy, Azanti, PsychoYP, L.A.X, Starboy, Duncan Mighty, Don-E, Nado, Maleek Berry, prettyboydo, July Drama, Mr. Real, Kida Kudz, Geko, Ms Banks, and Pa Salieu.
I hope you enjoy this offering. Happy Africa Month!
Featured Photo by Thais Silva