Presidents of Africa

We’ve already written about some of the songs featuring in Didier Awadi’s latest project, Présidents d’Afrique, which has been in the making for over five years. The full ‘album’ is finally here.

In this multidisciplinary and multimedia project that celebrates 50 years of sovereignty, Awadi revisits Africa’s history of independence, using as both a source of inspiration and as a mirror some of the groundbreaking speeches of Lumumba, Keita, Nyerere, Nkrumah, Machel, Zongo, Sékou Touré, Cabral, Nasser, Kenyata, Mandela, Diop, Fanon, Césaire and Sankara. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are here as well. And Obama.

But that is not all there is to it. The album and the project also bring together many other AIAC favorites such as Doudou N’Diaye Rose, Dead Prez, Tata Pound, Gertrude Senin, Babani Koné, Noumoucounda Cissoko, Maji Maji, Tiwoni, Lady Sweetie, Smockey, Skwatta Kamp and Lexxus.

This is one impressive line-up. The project’s website is in French, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting it. And go watch Awadi and his band if they’re passing through your city. The show’s overwhelming.

If you forgot the Luther King-Obama mix, here’s a reminder:

Here’s the song “Woye”:

and “The Roots” (featuring Dead Prez):

–Tom Devriendt



  1. Nice stuff, but I could do without the Obama sample in Mon Reve. I'm just not feeling the love for Obama this week. I know this is a music break, but I am fed up.

    Is it too early to wonder about the possible psychological and cultural impact of a failed presidency? We invested so deeply (pschologically, emotionally, financially, volunteering) in Obama election and the realization of our dreams and it turns out we elected a submissive (to the Republicans) professor?

    I'm not ready to flee the sinking ship (like a rat), but I am thinking about it. What will be the impact of an anti-Obama backlash by former supporters?

    Haters- take it easy, progressives are whispering. I am just saying it out loud.

    1. Go to youtube, they should be available there.

      Tto down load track down the Youtube to MP3 converter or download websites– just use google to find them.

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