The state of the Afropean union

A border crossing mix of Afrobeats and Zouk and an interview with Berlin-based Sierra Leonean electronic music producer, Lamin Fofana.

Lamin Fofana. Image credit Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

We’re back with AIAC radio after a long break. This episode opens with a mix of Afrobeats and Zouk, before we review some of the musical cross-overs happening across the Black Atlantic. In the second hour we interview Lamin Fofana, electronic music producer and DJ of Sierra Leonean descent based in Berlin. We discuss his latest album, “Brancusi Sculpting Beyonce,” the phenomenon of negrophilia in 1920s European modernist art, and what’s behind the current moment of the popularity of African culture in Europe.

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Further Reading

The whole ‘Afrobeats’ thing

Two recent features in the mainstream British media turned out to be enough to spur some debate about the so-called "Rise of the Afrobeats" in the U.K. The Guardian interviewed DJ Abrantee (quoting Abrantee as him having coined the term "Afrobeats" -- or so the journalist said, which Abrantee later denied.