Aquarium Drunkard shares a mixtape of rare West African music

Our american colleagues from Aquarium Drunkard dropped a free mixtape compiling West Africa funky music from the  70’s and 80’s.

Picture: Sir Shina Adewale And The Superstars International

Providing daily sharp and eclectic content since 2005, they offer interviews, artist focuses and podcast going from Jazz to Folk by way of Avant-Guarde music. Their watchword is to share what is good to the World.

For their 200th playlist, they collaborated with Portland based label Little Axe, whom has spent the last five years researching and importing outstanding music from Benin, Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast. They are particularly interested in the transitory period when traditional instruments collided with synthesizers and drum machines. The result is called Kalakala, co-compiled by Little Axe’s Warren and DJ Mr Wriff.

Stream it here.

Discover the tracklist below:

Side A: Little Axe Records
Ododo – Ijebo
Zakry Noel – Yakibonou
Christy Ogbah – Advice
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey – Do Ve Nan
Ode Omore and his Ewaen Osetinottu Stars – Enothiomwani
Ama Maiga – Lannaya Tilebana –
Sunday & His Dance Band of Nigeria – Up National
Side B: Mr. Wriff
The Music Makers – Ranti Omo Eni Ti Iwo Ise (Mr. Wriff Edit)
Sir Shina Adewale And The Superstars International – Eleda Mi Ja Fun Mi
Christiana Essien – Black Ladies Are Funky Ladies
Kofi Sammy And His Okukuseku Band – Akokohwere Agya Bode
Valen Guede – Doodo
Sir Shina Peters – Ijo Shina / Omoge To Rewa (Mr. Wriff Edit)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Roy Ayers – 2,000 Blacks Got To Be Free
Basabasa Experience – Homowo

By the way, while you are at it, listen to their other recent mixtapes gathering rare musical gems from Japan and Brazil.

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