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.
Chief Boima and Francesca Harding on race and cultural difference in Latin America through the lens of trap music.
A deeper look at the contemporary Cuban hip hop scene.
Hipster’s Don’t Dance’s Top 10 UK-based Afrobeats Tunes of 2014.
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.