Turns out when he’s not appearing in FlyLo videos or getting medieval Hollywood star Elijah Wood (you know, the Hobbit guy) delves deep into a music nerd’s love for music from the African continent. So of course Okayafrica tapped him for their Africa In Your Earbuds series. Stream below and get the backstory from OKA.
When we got word through the grapevine that Elijah Wood was record digging for vintage African vinyl at East Village spots like Good Records and the now-defunct Tropicalia In Furs we knew we had to get him on an Africa In Your Earbuds. No stranger to the music scene, Elijah has been known to DJ around — playing everything from “old soul and funk records, to international pysch music from Brazil and France” — and even started his own label Simian Records back in 2005. A known fan of Nigerian duo The Lijadu Sisters, Elijah sent over a heavily Naija and Ghanaian mixtape featuring K. Frimpong, Sonny Okosun and many others. He told us:
I wanted to focus primarily on the original Nigerian and Ghanian records I’ve acquired (thank you Good Records, NYC) So many incredible African records are being reissued right now (!!) but it’s increasingly difficult to find original vinyl in good condition. This represents some of what I’ve found. (thanks to Zach Cowie and Jake Viator