It all started on a November night back in 2008 at the late New Empowering Church in Hackney. Since then, London’s afrobeat and afro-funk purveyors Afrobeat Vibration kept us dancing to their afro-vibes and West African rhythms almost on a weekly basis.
On Friday, they will celebrate their 9th Anniversary in style, with an all-nighter at Camden’s Jazz Café featuring on stage Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra.
We thought that there was no better occasion to present a brand-new mix compiled by one of Afrobeat Vibration founders and old-time friend of Rhythm Passport, Koichi Sakai.
Enjoy some of the finest West, Central and East African vibes from the 1970s and ’80s, don’t miss their party on Friday and keep up the good afrobeat vibration!
Fela Ransome Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Who’re You?
Ojo Okeji – Akupandu Gbe
The Apostles – Onye Akpa
Mac & Party – Harambe
Ahehehinnou Vincent – Best Woman
Pasteur Lappe – Na Real Shekere Fo’ Ya
The Actions – Kokro Ko (Hide & Seek)
Super 5 International – Angelina
Canadoes Super Stars Band Of Ghana – Esu A Mersu Yi
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