Category Archives: afrobeat

Scene and Heard – CCCXXIX : Ndakwikundira – Nattyva (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Rwandan born Nattyva is a great example of the cross-cultural nature of today’s music. Mixing the heat of her African roots with the more mainstream influences that surrounded her French-Canadian upbringing, her blend of bi-lingual pop is a wonderful reminder … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCVII : Refugee Child –  B Freed (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There was a time when music was used to highlight causes and drive issues, when protest singers had a point to make and disaffected punks and street corner hip-hop crews put their lives, longings and loathings into song and beat. … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCVI :  Just Wanna Be –  KayBad (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

KayBad may be based in the colder climes of East London but his music certainly snaps and fizzes with the warmth of an African sun. It blends sultry Afro-Beat rhythms, groovesome R&B, some skittering percussion of the kind that is … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXCVIII : Bad Gyal – Sarah Musayimuto (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Let’s start with some generalisations. Music isn’t concerned with cultural or geographical boundaries any more. We live in a post-genre world. The best music ignores rules and regulations and mixes and matches its sounds and style as it choses. It … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard  –  CCLXXXIV : Anaweza  – Lady Jaydee ft. Luciano (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music should cross boundaries, whether they are geographic, generic, cultural or whatever other restrictions we impose on our own creativity. And that is exactly what Anaweza does. Lady Jaydee is an artist from Tanzania, Luciano Messenjah hails from Jamaica, the … Continue reading

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I Hear You Calling – Afrikan Roots ft. Lebo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If much of today’s Afrobeat/dance fusion is the story of what happened to the music after it left its home continent and mixed with European influences as well as modern technologies, Afrikan Roots, as the name might imply, is the … Continue reading

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Seeds Riddim – Murder He Wrote (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s safe to say that Murder He Wrote knows his way around the dance music industry, from working with myriad game changing labels, including releasing his debut EP on the legendary Skint Records, remixes for Stanton Warriors and more recently … Continue reading

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