AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

mixtapes

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

North Africa Stand Up

Since we’re on revolutionary soundtracks, check this: The first song on this mixtape (cover above) of North African rap is the one that apparently got rapper El Génèral, arrested by Ben Ali’s police in the run up to the Tunisian Revolution.  From there, this collection of songs can provide a soundtrack as we follow events

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Ian Kamau

I first heard this track, “Love it Here,” in the video above, in February this year when the Toronto rapper, Ian Kamau, released his 3rd mixtape, “Volume 3: Love & Other Struggles” online for free download. I...

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

MIXTAPES / J PERIOD AND NNEKA PRESENTS ‘THE MADNESS’

Nneka is like the Angelique Kidjo of hipsters. Download her mixtape with J Period here.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

WEEKEND LINKS / MIXTAPES, EMIGRATION, RACE, BINGO, JACKSON FIVE, GENDER VIOLENCE, DANCEHALL, AFRICOM, CHRIS HANI, JULIUS MALEMA, AND BRICK CITY

A busy week on the personal front (more on that another time) so that means a lot of stuff gets the speed blog treatment. * First up, a link to the “Parts of Africa” hip hop mix:...

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Democracy in Burundi: The Mixtape

In the Fall of 1998 I took up a brief research fellowship in Cambridge, MA, and spent some time hanging out with Alexis Sinduhije, a Burundian journalist who had been on the fellowship program the year before....