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Afrobeats Beat Tape


From August 2021 to May 2022, I curated and hosted a live FM radio show called ‘Afrobeats Beat Tape’ at the WNYU radio station in lower Manhattan. 90 minutes, uncensored Black music, every Wednesday night.

From a Black diasporan perspective, Afrobeats Beat Tape explored themes of revolution, love, and in this highlighted Halloween episode, death:

Take a listen.



Here’s the show’s description as pulled from WNYU archives:

Standing on the anti-establishment ethos of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneers, a generation of digitally connected diasporans has synthesized a multiplicity of vibrant genres from the Mother continent, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and the Americas to create a homegrown musical identity. The Afrobeats Beat Tape is both a love letter to and exploration of that African sonic diaspora. You're invited to tune in to the feel-good funk of curated Afrobeat(s) selections, and join an ongoing celebration of Black international siblinghood, radical enjoyment, and good things coming to those who have waited.

Tracklist:
  1. Pink Siifu "Scurrrrd (ft. Dj Harrison, iiye, Asal Hazel, Big Rube, Nick Hakim, Georgia Anne Muldrow)" GUMBO'! (Dynamite Hill) 2021
  2. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu "Love and Death" Conflict Nkru! (Essiebons – INLS 6143) LP 1980
  3. The Specials "Ghost Town" Ghost Town / Why? (Two Tone Records) LP 1981
  4. Missaei "Killa" Killa (AEISA INC.) 2020
  5. Niniola "Fantasy (ft. Femi Kuti)" Colours and Sounds (Drumroll Records) 2020
  6. U-Roy "Man Next Door (ft. Santigold)" Man Next Door (ft. Santigold) (Trojan Jamaica, Ltd) 2021
  7. Michael Jackson "Thriller (Citizen's Deep Remix)" Thriller (Citizen's Deep Remix) 2019
  8. Arya Starr "Bloody Samaritan" 19 & Dangerous (Mavin Global Holdings) 2021
  9. D'Banj "Oliver Twist" D'Kings Men (DB Records) 2013
  10. Odunsi (The Engine) "wicked, sexy! (ft. Maison2500)" EVERYTHING YOU HEARD IS TRUE (Kimani Moore Entertainment Ltd.) 2020
  11. B4bonah, M.anifest "Devil Is a Liar (Remix)" Devil Is a Liar (Remix) (MIMLIFE RECORDS) 2018
  12. Master KG "Jerusalema (ft. Burna Boy, Nomcebo Zikode)" Jerusalema (Deluxe) (Warner Music France) 2020
  13. Rihanna "Disturbia (Insane Malewa's Afro House Remix)" Disturbia (Insane Malewa's Afro House Remix) 2020
  14. Stevie Wonder, Yes King "Superstition (Sam Redmore Re-Rub)" The Remix Collection 2019
  15. Robert Glasper "Endangered Black Woman (ft. Staceyann Chin, Andra Day)" Fuck Yo Feelings (Loma Vista Recordings.) 2019
  16. Fela Kuti "Zombie" Zombie (Kulakata Sunrise/Knitting Factory Records) 1977

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