Okayafrica has truly outdone themselves with the latest installment of their Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape series, bringing in the Wondaland wunderkind Jidenna and Nana Kwabena to compose an extra-stylish set.
From Nigerian remixes of Rihanna to classic Fela Kuti to the irresistible modern dance inflections of Ghanaian artists, the mix is a brilliant survey of African rhythms past and present. In an email to Okayafrica, both Jidenna and Nana extolled the longstanding influence of African music, stressing that in the last five years the North American scene specifically has benefitted from “a wave of African culture in the American marketplace.”
“Africa has long embraced American pop culture and previous American generations have reciprocated that appreciation, particularly within music. From Quincy Jones’ and Michael Jackson‘s cultivation of “Off The Wall” and “Thriller” to Paul McCartney‘s weeping after witnessing the Fela play for the first time to James Brown sending his arranger to The Shrine in Lagos to study Tony Allen‘s drum grooves,” the duo wrote.
Read more about their Africa In Your Earbuds mix and Africa’s solidified place in the ears of American millennials over at Okayafrica.
01. Fela Kuti – Roforofo Fight [Nigeria] 02. R2Bees – Lobi [Ghana] 03. Rihanna – BBHMM Mavin Remix feat. Tiwa Savage & Reekado Banks [Nigeria] 04. Mafikizolo – Khona ft Uhuru [South Africa] 05. WizKid – In My Bed [Nigeria] 06. Mafikizolo – Happiness [South Africa] 07. Drake – Know Yourself (Fasta & Kid Kayne Afro Bootleg) [Netherlands] 08. Buraka Som Sistema – Komba feat. Kaysha [Portugal] 09. Janelle Monaé – Tightrope (Salah Ananse Remix) [United States] 10. Fela Kuti – Eko Ile [Nigeria] 11. Oscar Sulley – Bukom [Ghana] 12. Seun Kuti – Mosquito Song [Nigeria] 13. Fela Kuti – Colonial Mentality [Nigeria] 14. Fela Kuti – Ariya [Nigeria] 15. Femi Kuti – Look Around [Nigeria] 16. The Lijadu Sisters – Not Any Longer [Nigeria] 17. Sarkodie – Dumsor [Ghana] 18. Jidenna – Classic Man ft. Kendrick Lamar (OxV Official Remix) [United States] 19. WizKid – Ojuelegba Remix ft. Drake & Skepta [Nigeria] 20. Stonebwoy – Baafira ft. Sarkodie [Ghana] 21. Navy Kenzo – Game ft. Vanessa Mdee [Tanzania] 22. E.L – Shelele [Ghana] 23. Iyanya – Applaudise [Nigeria] 24. Patoranking – My Woman, My Everything ft. Wande Coal [Nigeria] 25. Burna Boy – Follow Me [Nigeria] 26. Stromae – Ave Cesaria [Belgium] 27. Four Tet – TTIBPTPKAAATJUIHRAMADPOBR [England] 28. Sauti Sol, General Pype & Sasha P – Mara Hio Hio (Instrumental) [Kenya/Nigeria] 29. Kiss Daniel – Laye [Nigeria] 30. Various Artists – Racines [Cameroon] 31. Timaya – Some More [Nigeria] 32. Criss Waddle – Pepeepe ft Mugeez [Ghana] 33. Alikiba – Chekecha Cheketua [Tanzania]