Okayafrica Audio: Africa In Your Earbuds #14 - Rich Medina
Rich Medina introduced an American generation to afrobeat. From his gigs in Philly to downtown NYC parties like Fun, Lil’ Ricky’s Rib Shack at APT and the ongoing Jump N Funk, Rich has always championed cuts from Nigeria’s horn-flanked percussive genre — in particular works by afrobeat godfather and pioneer Fela Kuti.
For this special edition Africa In Your Earbuds #14, released in tandem with non-profit Drop in the Bucket for World Water Day, the veteran selector opted for a strictly vinyl offering. He told us, “I had no desire to play digital files on this mix. I felt obligated to approach it from a fundamentals standpoint, starting with using real records. Nothing in the world sounds as good as analog tape or recorded vinyl and it was a means to display a form of respect for Africa as ‘Center Of The World.’ ” Click the link below to stream/download Rich Medina’s mixtape and learn more about Drop in the Bucket: