Shubahada! Pt.1 - Pan-African Selection

This is the first of a two-part mix taking in some sweet african music. I haven't travelled that much, and have never been south of the mediterranean, so partly i love this music for its escapism, but its not just that, these pieces of music tick all the key boxes for me: centrality of drums, rhythm and trance, a valuing of the quality of sounds, a good dose of transcendentalism, and a direct way of self-expressing that never seems contrived. Also, the music is never rushed, and if it takes ten minutes to work it out, so be it - modern living is way too fast so it always feels like a home-coming to get into a world where time is there to be taken up with playing.

In case you would like to know more about the tracks there's a little text file of liner notes you can grab along with this mix. Im no expert, and finding out is half the fun, so what little I know about the music here I'll write down. There's more goodness coming up in part two, and there'll be a dedicated afro-jazz-funk mix at some point too.

Shubahada! Pt.1

Hukwe Zawose - Sisitizo la Amani Duniani
Foday Musa Suso with Herbie Hancock - Kumbasara
Momo Wandel Soumah - Tamo
Waaberi - Shubahada
Ali Farka Touré - Allah Uya
Tinariwen- Amassakoul 'n' Tenere
Cheikh Lo - M'Beddemi
Toumani Diabate & the Symetrical Orchestra - Boulevard de L'Independance
Gokh- Bi System - Xaesal
Les Frères Coulibaly - Unknown title
Bajourou - I Ka Di Nye 

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