Ekiti Sound is at the fore of a new wave of electronic music originating from Nigeria by way of London – his new album Abeg No Vex for Crammed Discs is a hugely impressive marker. Having featured on World Treasures Music before, it is a joy to hear and see more of this artistry in both film and music. As you can hear, Ekiti Sound is startling, modern, essential and captivating, being an expertly curated blend of Afrobeat and electronics – citing hip hop, grime, 4×4, bass and more.
The main musician/producer/vocalist is Leke, aka CHiF. He is forever honing his skills with a variety of artists and has had previous successful productions and projects as a sound designer in the Nollywood industry. This immensely eclectic and cutting edge album speaks to today’s Afropunkers and the global diaspora worldwide.
Abeg No Vex is out on April 26th. Some copies were seen on Record Store Day in the UK. Hear more of the artist and support via Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
This one has been on heavy rotation – Kingsley Bucknor’s Just U and Me LP, from Nigeria, in 1985.
The Aussie label moves further afield and has has selected this trippy electro-funk and boogie fusion to finish 2017. After playing with Fela Kuti in the 1970s and releasing two afrobeat LP’s, Kingsley travelled the globe. In London he laid down six distinctive electro-funk tunes inspired by music he’d heard in the States and Europe and was originally released on Kingsley’s own KAB records.
Buena Vista Social Club are saying adios. The Cuban band are releasing previously unavailable material from a range of live performances coinciding with an international farewell tour that arrives in the UK on April 4th.
The last two survivors of the golden Buena Vista line-up are Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa and this accompanying CD of live tracks and improvised outtakes is the last we are likely to hear of the band who have wowed audiences across the world for decades.
The first date in Brighton, followed by a range of major cities (London, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham), will treat audiences to the band’s swansong. The final date is July 30th at the Royal Opera House, London.
The Lost and Found compilation is on World Circuit Records and features studios tracks recorded at Ergem studio in Havana, alongside live concert recordings. It’s out on World Circuit on March 30th – click here for more information.