Soundtrack for the Summer: DJ Mukambo

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For the past few years, Benjamin Tollet aka DJ Mukambo has been making Brussels sweat to his global grooves. This is his soundtrack for the summer.

1. Combo Congo
Black Bazar feat. Fanfan de Tabou Combo
“This should be number one: irresistible soukous with Haitian vibe.”

2. Mulemba Xangola
Bonga feat. Lura
“The most famous Angolan singer and a rising star from Cape Verde mix Angolan semba, coladeira, and funaná.”

3. Jah Flow
Terrakota

Playlist Abatina

4. Abatina
Calypso Rose
“The Queen of Calypso is already 78 years old, but last year she released a brilliant album on which the African roots of calypso shine through.”

5. No Agreement
Tony Allen, Ray Lema, Baaba Maal, Positive Black Soul & Archie Shepp

6. Afrika Yie
Blay Ambolley
“Socially committed Afrobeat. Blay Ambolley is a veteran from Ghana. This is a wake-up call for Africans to fight for their rights. Be swept away by the repetitive groove and go into a trance!”

7. Shakara-Lady, Pt. 2
Cheikh Lô, Les Nubians, Manu Dibango & Château Flight

8. I Come from People
Emil Abossolo Mbo

Dona Onete

9. No Meio do Pitiú
Dona Onete
“A grande dame of carimbó with music from Belém in northern Brazil, a region where native Americans lived together with African slaves. Together they created this new music, influenced by zouk, merengue, and cumbia.”

10. Sr. Diplomata
Cacique'97

11. No Balança da Canoa (Chico Correa remix)
Maga Bo
“Maga Bo, an American who lives in Rio, knows like no other how to make traditional music dancefloor-friendly.”

12. Baião
Mental Abstrato & DJ Tahira

13. La Piña Madura
Abelardo Carbonó feat. Quantic
“A delicious encounter between Colombian cumbia and Afrobeat.”

14. Domoun
Lindigo

15. Danger
Supsersan feat. BNC The Disco Vampire

16. Pacuapa
Son Palenque & Michi Sarmiento
“Even more wonderful Afro-Colombian music. Black culture to get you dancing!”

17. V.I.P.
Leeroy feat. Showboy

18. Siempre presente (DJ Farmo Fiesta Remix)
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble
“A sublime remix by this Afrobeat band from Barcelona. The Spanish rap is reminiscent of the heyday of Delinquent Habits, but set to great Afrobeat.”

19. Akwaaba
Blitz the Ambassador
“A brilliant cover of “Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena” by Alhaji K. Frimpong, a Ghanaian highlife classic from 1976. Blitz is a Ghanaian rapper who lives in New York. He gets this classic ready for 21st-century dancefloors with hip-hop beats.”

20. Moçambique
Gato Preto

 

Catch DJ Mukambo at one of his DJ sets throughout the summer: 10/8 Sziget Festival, Budapest (HU) 18/8 Dansen in ’t Park, Ghent (BE) 25/8 Fiesta Latina, Brussels (BE) More info: www.mukambo.be

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