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PAM Club : Off the Grid with Mixanthrope

A tireless digger, the passionate Mixanthrope is a PAM Club guest with an atypical set focused on the rhythmic signatures of contemporary African pop.  

Born in France and based in Berlin since 2017, Boris Paillard aka Mixanthrope discovered a passion for African and Afro-Caribbean music around 2015. After working as a booker for the Akwaaba Music label in Accra, the DJ created the African Beats & Pieces event series in Berlin, where he invites other DJs and live acts in the Afro spirit. Specialist of thematic mixes, Mixanthrope had already graced us with a special mix dedicated to African soccer anthems, among other sets released on his Soundcloud page on various and improbable themes such as money worries in French-speaking Africa, politics in pop music, or countries generally underrepresented in music. For this PAM Club, he chose a documentary-like theme that he explains in a few words:

Tired of the banal binarity of beats that go in circles, I like to get off the beaten track of sound. This selection reviews some of the most exciting rhythmic signatures of contemporary African pop, proudly rooted in traditional digitized patterns: Gabonese Ikoku, Igbo Highlife from South-East Nigeria, Mbalax Hip-Hop from Senegal, Marrabenta from Mozambique, Bikutsi from Cameroon… and more! Locally revered and sometimes enjoying pan-African success beyond the borders of their region of creation, these songs are a testament to the polyrhythmic power of the continent in recent years.

Pan African Music · PAM Club : Mixanthrope

Tracklist :

00:00 • Baba O’s Drum House! YouTube Channel – “Kuku African Rhythm” (Drum Lesson Intro)
00:04 • Basketmouth ft. Phyno, Flavour – Papa Benji (Nigeria)
03:18 • Kuvie ft. Ödartei, Odunsi & Darkovibes – Popping (Ghana)
05:38 • Timaya ft. Olamide – Bam Bam (Nigeria)
07:55 • Latchow – Libérez (Gabon)
11:36 • Larry Gaaga ft. Phyno, Flavour & Theresa Onuorah – Egedege (Nigeria)
14:54 • Umu Obiligbo – Zambololo (Nigeria)
17:15 • Nga’Kumbe – Tu connais (Gabon)
20:15 • Dez Altino – Sebzalle (Burkina Faso)
22:12 • Natou – Talato (Burkina Faso)
24:14 • Melancia De Moz ft. Team Sabawana – Vukuvuku (Mozambique)
26:50 • Hadiza Mangou ft. Kaidan Gaskia – Dan Adam (Niger)
30:38 • Jahman X-press – Damakoy Def (Senegal)
33:43 • Adviser – Volume (Mauritania)
37:44 • PANGAR ft. Swordman – Ekidongo (La Reunion/Uganda)
40:27 • Ghazal ft.. Nyangono Du Sud – Foup Fap (Cameroon)
43:44 • Coco Argentée – Make Tabe A Dzale (Cameroon)
46:55 • Bouncy – Mabinaditsholwa (Botswana)
50:01 • E.L. – Fefefe (Ghana)
51:53 • Stargo – Super Glue (Ghana)

Follow Mixanthrope on Soundcloud and Instagram.