Safe & Sounds: Safe & Sounds #91 – Chris Menist


This Corona stuff really sucks ey! Since we might all be bound by borders for a while, we’d like to come together and share some happiness in the shape of a playlist or mix!

In the next days and weeks, check out Safe & Sounds, where we will figuratively introduce you to and put you in touch with music whizzes, featuring their selections, collections and picks from all around the globe.

Be “Safe & Sounds” and wash your hands!

For my mix for Safe & Sounds I wanted to keep it simple and upbeat, with a focus on different sounds from across the African continent. It’s been a while since I’ve played these out, and in putting this together it made me look forward to a time in the future where I can drop a selection like this in a club or bar, to a group of friends and music heads dancing into the small hours.

(Chris Menist)


– Djeli Fama – Amadou Balaké
– Egu Wo Su – Unknown
– Cauze Cauze – Ti L’Afrique
– Tsemed Bieray – Bahta G. Hiwot
– Xaste Waroul – Diarama de St Louis
– Obiara Te Se Onoa – City Boys Band
– Muugn – Super Diamono Du Senegal
– Tsegure Zenfalawa – Tilaye Chewaka
– Monday Morning In Lagos – Fela Kuti and Africa 70
– Sina Raha – Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali With the Yahoos Band
– El-Mawed – Mohamed Elamin
– Imeneni – Tiberih Tesfahunegn
– Papai Bovu – Lucky Star Musical Club
– Entay Ghidey – Asgedom W. Michael
– Eritrea Ati Breie – Unknown

Chris Menist aka Awkward Corners is a writer, DJ and musician best known as the co-founder of the Paradise Bangkok label and band, alongside DJ Maft Sai. He co-curated the ‘Sounds of Wonder’ series with the Finders Keepers label, as well as the ‘Sound of Siam’ (Soundway) and ‘Thai? Dai!’ (Finders Keepers). He was also behind Dust-To-Digital’s ‘Qat, Coffee and Qambus : Raw 45s from Yemen’, and wrote the ‘Black Fire! New Spirits! Radical and Revolutionary Jazz in The USA 1957 – 1982’ book for Soul Jazz.
Currently residing in the UK, he hosts a monthly show on NTS and his DJ sets (in Japan, Thailand, Australia and in Europe at Nuits Sonores, Glastonbury, Off Festival and Wax Treatment amongst others) encompass a broad mix of reggae, soul, african, latin and asian sounds from across the globe. Awkward Corners is a regular side project Chris uses for exploring experimental soundscapes and settings, and his latest LP ‘Dislocation Songs’ is out now on Shapes Of Rhythm.

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