STEPAK-TAKRAW - Slugfest & Gazelle (2x7", Soul Garden, 2016)

Two new singles of Japanese afrobeat band STEPAK-TAKRAW have been released on Soul Garden Records, who kindly sent us a copy of each! The first one, 'Slugfest' is afrofunk at a seamingly exaggerated uptempo pace — but the tune quickly drops into a darker vibe, a more psych rock setting, with the...

Hard Proof - Public Hi-Fi Sessions 03 (12", Public Hi-Fi, 2016)

Worthy heirs to Fela and Antibalas, the ten musicians from Hard Proof deliver a storming blend of afrobeat and funk. Six years after their first album, the band is back with some new vertiginous compositions, including powerful horns answering to vintage keyboards and frantic percussion. The six...

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band - Thursday, June 2nd at New Morning (Paris)

It was one of the highlights of 2015, both on record (full review and album stream here) or live (october 8th at New Morning in Paris). This thursday Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band will be back with their funky & soulful Ghanean vibes on the New Morning stage and we can't advise you enough...

Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens (CD/LP, Paris DJs, 2016)

Composer/arranger/producer Etienne de la Sayette is a frenetic globe-trotter and a relentless collector of musical instruments. Founder and headhunter of, among others, the Frix and Baeshi Bang groups, co-founder/saxophonist for Parisian Ethio-Jazz band Akalé Wubé, Etienne might mostly be a live...

Various - Space Echo - The Mystery Behind the “Cosmic Sound” of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2016)

The German label specialized in reissues of African and Afro-Latin music releases every year a new and totally essential themed record. After a splendid 'Senegal 70' compilation at the end of last year, Analog Africa is back with some Cabo Verde cosmic grooves, selected with taste by Samy Ben...

Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality - Everything Lasts Forever (CD/LP, 3rd Generation Recordings, 2016)

Low Mentality is the band from Nikhil P. Yerawadekar, bass player in Antibalas (if you're following Paris DJs, you've already heard about this famous afrobeat orchestra from Brooklyn), The Sway Machinery and Akoya Afrobeat. We had introduced them to the world in the october 2013 compilation 'Have...

Paris DJs Soundsystem - African Mashed Potato Popcorn Vol.10 - When Afrobeat Meets Jazz

This mix was cooked with only one person in mind: Collen Chandler, from Liverpool, who supported our 15 CDs anthology crowdfunding campaign and asked us to try on a "when afrobeat meets jazz" theme, mixing the modern & old with an emphasis on the modern. While preparing the selection,...

Etienne de la Sayette "Maputo Queens" LP - Support Paris DJs' 4th crowdfunding campaign

Help Paris DJs press a limited edition vinyl LP and CD of Etienne de la Sayette's solo album 'Maputo Queens', along with some new t-shirts & sweatshirts, all illustrated by graphic artist Ben Hito. Support Paris DJs' Crowdfunding campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank Today Internet subscriptions and...

Jimi Tenor - Order Of Nothingness (7", Philophon, 2016)

After a series of hard to pigeonhole fantastic Ethio/Afro/jazz/reggae or hip hop 45s (with Hailu Mergia, Idris Ackamoor, Roy X and Guy One…), and the marvelous Polyversal Souls album, Max Whitefield's Philophon label will put out next month a seven inch from Finnish producer/multi-intrumentalist...

Akalé Wubé - Mèmona (Etienne de la Sayette Remix) (Digital Single, 2015, Paris DJs)

'Mèmona' is a traditional Ethiopian piece from the Tigray Region (the northernmost of the nine ethnic regions of Ethiopia), played at weddings. Akalé Wubé discovered the song as sung by Tèwèldè Rèdda on the 'Éthiopiques 5: Tigrigna Music 1970-1975' compilation from Buda Musique, released in 1999....

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents The Afrofunk International & Tropical Grooves Experience (5CDs boxset, Paris DJs, 2016)

5 conceptual compilations with various strands of groovy, funky, psychedelic and moving afrofunk, afrobeat, ethio-jazz, highlife, afrojazz, afrosoul, Carribean Funk and other Tropical Grooves from all over the world. All new & exclusive tracks from the best Afro bands today hand-picked by the...

Nik Weston presents Afro Funk (& Disco Gems) Volume Six: Ghana vs Nigeria (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

If you've heard Ghanaian keyboardist Kiki Gyan's '24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82' compilation released in 2012 by Soundway Records, you already know the man is a former Osibisa band member, who became a genius of dancefloor disco and smooth African soul in the late 70s and early 80s. But you probably...

Golden Dawn Arkestra - s/t (LP, self-released, 2014)

Funded summer 2014 through a Kickstarter campaign, the first (mini-)album from The Golden Dawn Arkestra is a stellar cinematic/afro/psych/surf record that has litterally been playing on repeat at Paris DJs for days. Produced in Austin, Texas, by Adrian Quesada, which means a lot, and already played...

Akalé Wubé - Alègntayé feat. Genet Asefa (Grant Phabao Remix) (Digital Single, 2015, Paris DJs)

While discussing the possibility of releasing Akalé Wubé's sax & flute player Etienne de la Sayette's solo recordings on Paris DJs, the idea of getting Grant Phabao to put to good use his reggae-remixing skills on one of Akalé Wubé's songs arose quickly. But what about the Ethiopian horn or...

Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - The Fourth feat. Muyiwa Kunnuji (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2015)

Killer afrofunk bombs are dropping regularly with the Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra project. After one limited (and sold out) 45, 'Ogun', two very limited t-shirt singles, 'Talking & Singing' and 'The Wow!', and two instrumental tracks released on the Paris DJs Soundsystem 'Massive Hits From...

STEPAK-TAKRAW - Socotra (LP, Soul Garden Records Japan, 2015)

Remember that killer 45 from Japanese Afrofunk band STEPAK-TAKRAW which we wrote about, something like a year ago? 'Phat Fat Jackson' was one of the highlights of the year singles-wise. with its blend of afrofunk, latin & surf music… In december 2013 the group had released their third album...

The Polyversal Souls - Invisible Joy (CD/2LP, Philophon, 2015)

We had the chance to have German drummer Max Weissenfeldt visiting us at Paris DJs recently. Max is one of those legendary musicians that aren't talked about a lot in the music history books yet. But he's been more than heavily featured in what should be your favorite of those history books: the...

The Soul Jazzmen - Inhlupeko (Distress) (LP, Matsuli Music, 2015)

English reissue label Matsuli Music is back with a new treat of rare South African music: The Soul Jazzmen led by Port Elizabeth pianist Tete Mbambisa with Duku Makasi (Tenor Sax), Psch "Big T" Ntsele (Bass) and Mafufu Jama (Drums). Their 'Inhlupeko' studio album, recorded at the...

Super Hi-Fi / Big Mean Sound Machine (split 7", Peace & Rhythm, 2015)

There's something epic about Super Hi-Fi's music. It's dub at the core, but with jazz solos, and a NYC rock spirit. The double trombone combination kills it every time. We can't enough of these unique cats at Paris DJs! 'Q Street' is taken from their latest digital EP of the same name that you can...

Black Flower à L'Alimentation Générale - june 13, 2015

Black Flower is soulful and psychedelic Ethio-jazz-blues band from Belgium, bringing back mushroom memories of Super Numeri with an Ethiopic twist. We playlisted their first album 'Abyssinia Afterlife' a bit more than a year ago and it's gonna be released in France this fall. Black Flower is...

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