Radio Mukambo

A quilombo or mocambo was a refuge for liberated slaves in colonial Brazil. Radio Mukambo is the asylum for those who want to escape the pop/rock/electro dictatorship, a place where you’ll find Afro-grooves from around the world.

From Brussels to the world, Radio Mukambo immerses you in Afro-grooves and the pulsation of our cities where sounds get mixed up to create global sounds without borders. Afrobeat, Afro-Latin & Afro-Brazilian, LusAfrican beats, soukouss, ethiogrooves, Arab beats, reggae/dub/dancehall and hip-hop with a ethnic/regional flavour & tropical bass.

Each podcast has an album of the week, a Benelux concert agenda and a lot of global sounds that will liberate you from the monopoly of commercial music.
⁠[⁠Podcast in English hosted by Benjaflor⁠ aka DJ Mukambo]⁠

 

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Podcast: Radio Mukambo #481 – Groovecasting 2021

The first podcast of 2021 announces some exciting albums coming out in the first half of the year. Going from global afrobeat from Brazil over Chile to Japan, a few promising Belgian releases to the newest NYP Records compilation presenting Tropical Beats. By the end of the podcast, we dig...

Best Afro-Groove Albums of 2020

Let’s start the new year in style with the best albums of 2020. Radio Mukambo invites you to join the groove train for a trans-Atlantic and pan-African trip that takes you from Africa to Latin America, bridges the gap between Europe, North-America and Australia, passing by the Caribbean en route to...



Podcast: Radio Mukambo #478 – Groove Like An Ethiopian

Quite some ethiogrooves on Radio Mukambo, starting with Eddy & The Ethiopians delivering our cd of the week. II by the collective from Eindhoven is a nice fusion of Ethiopiques (Ethiopian big band styles from the sixties and seventies) with afrobeat, jazz and funk. We also check out Azmari‘s new single, ethio/oriental...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #477 – Groove Gone Irie

We don’t always play reggae on Radio Mukambo, but the truth is we really dig reggae and dub, so this week it’s going to be only reggae music! Starting somewhere between Martinique, Congo and France with our cd of the week, Iration by the female duo Mystically bringing soulful reggae...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #476 – Umbundu Beats

Batida is back with a collection of remastered tracks, unreleased mixes and lost versions on Um, a title with a double meaning as it’s both number 1 in Portuguese as “hmm”, an Angolan sound to start many words in Umbundo language, the main language spoken in Huambo, the city where...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #475 – Groove Judgement

This week the Toronto-based outfit Battle of Santiago takes us to Cuba for a soundclash between the spirits of the indigenous Afro-American Santería religion and rock grooves. Native percussion and call-and-response vocals encounter with modern production on Queen & Judgement, our cd of the week. We listen to new singles...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #474 – Maloya Power

This week Radio Mukambo travels to Reunion Island in the Indian ocean off the east coast of Africa for some powerful maloya music sung in Réunion Creole by LiNDiGo. Their 7th album “Kosa Néna” is our cd of the week, released by the French label Hélico Music. We listen to...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #473 – Kosmo Groove

This week we travel to Ghent (Belgium) to listen to Kosmo Sound‘s debut album “Antenna”. This six-piece dub formation brings a combination of solid bass and drums with fresh storytelling melodies on saxophone. Out on on Zephyrus Records. Radio Mukambo also announces new albums by Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Las...



Podcast: Radio Mukambo #470 – Nasty Piece of Work

After a week of absence to promote Mukambo‘s newest mixtape Let’s Felabrate 2020 – Global Afrobeat Movement, Radio Mukambo is back with a global trip that starts in Venezuela. Raúl Monsalve y los Forajidos fuse traditional Afro-Venezuelan rhythms with futuristic Latin jazz, psych funk and afrobeat on “Bichos”, our cd...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #469 – Global Afrobeat Revival

Compiled for NYP Records, “Mukambo presents Global Afrobeat Movement” is for free download or nyp (name your price) on Bandcamp. Last week’s Radio Mukambo offered a sneak preview of the compilation, this week we continue with contemporary afrobeat from Chile, Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique, Spain, Nigeria, Cape Verde ++ two bands...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #468 – Global Afrobeat Movement

Twenty years after Fela Kuti‘s death, afrobeat is more alive than ever. Literally every continent has afrobeat bands and it’s safe to say there are more than a hundred bands spread over fifty countries. Mukambo created “Global Afrobeat Movement” with the aim of promoting the current global afrobeat scene, prompting...



Podcast: Radio Mukambo #465 – Backwoods grooves

With roots in the voodoo backwoods of Benin, Frankosun and The Family from Helsinki (Finland) deliver the cd of the week on Radio Mukambo. Their self-titled debut sounds like a resurrection of the Black President, Fela Kuti! We focus on the third NYP Records compilation and “African Electronic Diaspora –...


Podcast: Radio Mukambo #463 – Wild Turtle Groove

Strange title? Not if you listen to La Gallera Social Club‘s fourth album “Tortuga Salvaje”, a surprising journey through the energy of Latin American folk, centuries-old Amerindian and Afro-Venezuelan traditions meeting the cosmic tones of the 70’s and contemporary digital experiments. We also listen to new singles by Afro Iná...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #462 – Killer Grooves

“Heart Math”, the new album by Californian producer and turntablist The Gaslamp Killer, is cd of the week on Radio Mukambo. We also listen to new remixes by Fokn Bois (afrobeat/s), Cumbia Cosmonauts (cumbiastep) & Amerigo Gazaway (hiphop) ++ new singles by Abelardo Carbono (champeta), He K Tombe (afrobeat), Raul...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #461 – Four Elements

German rapper LMNZ just released second EP of the ‘Elements Series’. Four EPs (Air, Water, Fire & Earth), four (hiphop) elements. Each album is dedicated to its element. On the second one, “Water”, the beats and riddims produced by Morry ‘DaBaron’, bass player of the French reggae group Dub Inc....


Podcast: Radio Mukambo #460 – Global Crossover

This week Radio Mukambo focuses on two Japanese projects: Tokyo-based ten-piece wild Japanese folk band Minyo Crusaders joins forces with Colombian cumbia radicals Frente Cumbiero on the EP “Minyo Cumbiero” (on Mais Um Discos), while Japanese afrobeat rockers Stepak Takraw do it without horns on the EP “Livyatan” (on Soul...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #459 – Dubbing You Crazy

A lot of reggae & dub on Radio Mukambo, including our cd of the week “Dub Me Crazy” by Paolo Baldini DubFiles meets Dubblestandart. A collaboration between Vienna’s finest dub collective and an Italian producer adding modern dub technology. We highlight the EP Global Funk Sound System Vol.1 by DJ...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #458 – Groove Revelation

During a trip to Ethiopia, pianist and composer Daniel Moreau was inspired by the sounds he heard at “Timkat”, the mystical festival that gives title to our cd of the week, an encounter between the French ethiojazz band Ethioda and rapper Mac Singe. Radio Mukambo also serves Brazilian afrobeat, a...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #457 – Black Jesus

The father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke joins forces with Melbourne-based Black Jesus Experience to deliver a delicious encounter of Ethiopian melodies with hip-hop-infused jazz and funk grooves on To Know Without Knowing, our cd of the week out on Agogo Records. Radio Mukambo also serves new stuff from Ethioda (French...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #456 – In/depen/dance

This podcast is my way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Congo, through contemporary musicians from Kinshasa & the Congolese diaspora in Brussels. Including a re-take of the classic “Indépendance Cha-Cha” + the master of Congolese guitar Dizzy Mandjeku. In Belgium it’s mainly through rap & slam that the...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #455 – Cross Continental Collaborations

Forget about Cellules Communistes Combattantes, here comes an hour of musical CCC: Cross-Continental Collaborations! Starring Kampala’s darkest electro-percussion group Nihiloxica, a project that harnesses the full force of the ancient Bugandan drumming tradition of Uganda brings it to the contemporary dance floor through a dark lens of techno sensibility. Formed...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #454 – Sounds of the Sun

This week we starts with a big up to Black Lives Matter and the global movement that is rising to end racism and take down statues of mass murderers and slave traders. We have a reggae track dedicated to all the haters out there!Radio Mukambo announces the first NYP Records...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #453 – Voodoo Ale

Traditional and contemporary collide in Vodou Ale, debut collaboration by Haitian mizik rasin (roots music) band Chouk Bwa and rumbling electronic production by The Ångströmers. This hypnotic dialogue between minimalist sound design and Afro-Haitian drum talk is our cd of the week, released via Swiss label Bongo Joe Records. Radio...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #452 – Cross-Cultural Grooves

This week, Radio Mukambo highlights two cross-cultural projects highlight: Lokkhi Terra, gapping the bridge between India and Cuba, and Dub Colossus, putting the dub into Ethiopian music. “CuBangla” is the sixth album by London fusionistas Lokkhi Terra, a great slice of bangla-afro-Latin-jazz-roots. We listen to a nice Maga Bo remix of a...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #451 – Jungle Ablaze

Jungle Fire literally puts the dancefloor on fire with their tropifunk made in LA, incorporating African rhythms including afrobeat with Latin funk. Their self-title third album is cd of the week on Radio Mukambo. We listen to ethiogroove, a new single by Kolonel Djafaar (Belgium), there’s quite quite some afrobeat...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #450 – Mutant Groove

Plenty of afrobeat again this week on Radio Mukambo as we announce the GLOBAL AFROBEAT e-FEST, a Facebook live stream mini-festival this Saturday by Rhythm Passport & Mukambo. With a live set by Carapaus Afrobeat feat. Kologbo, DJ-sets by Chief Commander Yaaba, Eric Soul & Mukambo. Three talks: Women in...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #449 – Let the Groove Fly!

On their debut album Alewa (cd of the week), Santrofi brings a new wave of fresh highlife directly from the streets of Accra, Ghana. The eight musicians around bassist and producer Emmanuel Ofori are deeply rooted in vintage Ghanaian highlife music, with influences ranging from the fast-paced pulse of 70s...


Podcast: Radio Mukambo #447 – Think Global, Play Local!

Corona and the lockdown are causing a huge financial crisis in many sectors of the economy, hitting the musical sector extra hard with all club concerts and festivals cancelled until the end of August. The sector launched the hashtag #playlocal to support local bands once the club gigs and festivals...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #446 – Cadence Revolution

This week, Radio Mukambo takes you to the French Caribbean to discover Disques Debs, a label that released hundreds of records, playing a pivotal role in bringing the creole music of Guadeloupe and Martinique to a wider international audience. “Cadence Révolution: Disques Debs International Vol. 2 (1973-1981)” is our cd of...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #445 – Carapaus on Dengue Fever

No corona nor bats on Radio Mukambo this week, but mackerels on dengue fever! The mackerels (carapaus) bring us to Lisbon, where a bunch of Brazilian and Portuguese musicians are making their own blend of afrobeat. Carapaus Afrobeat deliver our album of the week, Dois. The dengue virus, a mosquito-borne...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #444 – Wassoulou Grooves

If you wanna see the corona dancing, put on this heavy dance machine in your ghettoblaster. This fusion of rock, funk, trance & Malinese wassoulou music, the sound of Bamako by night, might even prove too hot for the virus to handle! Bamba Wassoulou Groove delivers our album of the...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #443 – We No Be Machine

Global lockdown or not, the groove must go on! Are we machines that can just be shut up and locked down? Onipa gives us the answer on their debut album, cd of the week on Radio Mukambo. From Ghana to London, Onipa (“human” in the Ashanti language) brings energy, groove,...


Podcast: Radio Mukambo #442 – Corona Groove Sessions

Corona or not, we groove on! With “Groove Sessions Volume 5” (cd of the week) by Chinese Man, Scratch Bandits Crew & Baja Frequencia, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the label Chinese Man Records with a mix of scratch, trip-hop, dub & tropical rhythms. Radio Mukambo also serves new singles...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #441 – Future Ethiopiques & Gnawatronics

Future Ethiopiques & Gnawatronics This week Radio Mukambo focuses on two Brussels-based producers that just brought out new material: Ozferti (ethiohop) & Cheb Runner (gnawabeats). Ozferti just released his first full album Solarius Gamma (cd of the week) partly recorded in Ethiopia with live musicians, while Gan Gah presents his...

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