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 #508 – Afrobeat Unite

After 10 years of making a podcast, it was time for a change. So from now on, every Wednesday at 9am Brussels time, you’ll hear Radio Mukambo live ‘n direct on Radio Panik 105,4 FM from Brussels. Plenty of afrobeat this week with Ogun Afrobeat from Madrid, Spain, delivering our...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #507 – Third Generation Afrobeat

The Anthronauts is a Swiss “third-generation” afrobeat band, fed by the music of the ancestors Fela Kuti & Tony Allen as well as by the innovations of second-generation bands like Antibalas. Their self-titled debut album (cd of the week) features the South African singer Nongoma Ndlovu and a dubmix by...





Podcast: Radio Mukambo #504 – Heroic Path

This week quite a lot of global afrobeat on Radio Mukambo with Luka Afrobeat Orquesta delivering the album of the week Camino Heroico + Mzee & Femi Koya bringing Fela to the 21st century in South Africa ++ internationally acclaimed Ivorian bass player Manou Gallo covering Lady. We also listen to...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #503 – Sahara Grooves

This week we travel to the Sahara desert in Niger to dance to some Touareg blues by Les Filles de Illighadad and Dag Tenere, both serving their own blend of Tamasheq sounds. Iswat by Dag Tenere (“the desert’s children”) is our album of the week. Radio Mukambo also takes you to...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #502 – Confusing Musical Universes

On their debut album “Round”, Rumble interweaves samples from all walks of life and from all eras. Confusing musical universes, traveling from old school hiphop to digital boom bap, combining trip hop with bass music & dancehall. The French hiphoppers’ debut is album of the week on Radio Mukambo, out...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #501 – Groove Machine

Radio Mukambo serves a Swedish cumbia band mixing analogue sound with brass and Beastie Boys energy: Cumbiasound‘s debut EP Maquina is our album of the week. We announce Jam’in Jette on tour at FIRM with Daniel Dzidzonu (afrobeat), Azmari (ethiogrooves) coming to Brosella XXS. Furthermore we listen to new afrobeat...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #500 – 10 Year Celebration

Ten years of making radio and 500 podcasts, that’s what Mukambo is celebrating this week. So we have a special program talking you through the very vest albums of those ten years. Get ready for a trans-Atlantic trip going from Africa over Latin America to Europe, and a pan-African ride...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #499 – Afro Power Ensemble

Muito Kaballa‘s second album Mamari, the first one with the Power Ensemble, is album of the week on Radio Mukambo. Jazzy afrobeat made in Cologne (Germany). The podcast also serves touareg rock, Brazilian rap, Ghanaian afrofuturism, rubacumbia, French hip-hop, Ethiopian tradition embracing the sound of machines and some heavy dub...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #498 – Hip-Hop Caboclo

Gaspar Z’Africa is the greatest rapper you’ve never heard of! The adept of hip-hop culture from São Paulo went on field trips to the north and northeast in search of Brazilian beats to produce a rap album soaked in the rhythms of the country’s African and indigenous roots. “Hip-Hop Caboclo,...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #497 – Future Sound of Afrobeat

This week Radio Mukambo only serves afrobeat. Some sounds you’ll recognize as afrobeat, others may be what the future of afrobeat will sound like. Which is the case for Tony Allen‘s posthumous album “There Is No End”, more hiphop than afrobeat, except for the drumming, of course! The master drummer...

Radio Mukambo 496 – Ethiodub Will Keep Us Alive

This week Radio Mukambo is fully dedicated to British multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Page aka “Dubulah”, founding member of Transglobal Underground, Temple of Sound and Dub Colossus, and producer of the project Syriana. After a long battle with illness in which he was victorious many times, he set flight for...

Mix: Mukambo’s Pan-Afrobeat Mixtape

Twenty+ years after Fela Kuti‘s death, afrobeat seems to be more alive than ever! Over the past two decades, afrobeat bands have arisen in the four corners of the earth, some paying homage to Fela, other playing their own blend of afrobeat, mixing their roots with Fela Kuti and Tony...

Radio Mukambo #495 – Spicy Balaphonics

Spicy Boom Boom by Balaphonics from France is album of the week on Radio Mukambo, a mix of balafon and other West-African influences with brass and afro-grooves. The podcast serves new singles by Esinam (Ghana/Belgium), Alex Figueira (Portugal/Venezuela), Rumble (France) Havana meets Kingston (Cuba/Jamaica). We discover DJ Grissino‘s new EP I’m...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #494 – Refugee Encounters

M’berra is the story of a collective of Malian musicians from the M’berra Refugee Camp in southeast Mauritania meeting Italian producer and electro-shaman Khalab in a tent city rising out of the desert, out of nothingness, at the border with Mali in West Africa. Brought together by spirit and circumstance,...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #493 – Marimba Groove

Voy Pa’ Allá is our album of the week, delicious marimba music from the Colombian Pacific coast, not just made by a band but by a cultural institution: Semblanzas del Río Guapi. Out on Llorona Records. Radio Mukambo also serves afrobeat from Lagos (Nigeria) and Bahia (Brazil), musical patchworks by Jaguar...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #492 – Animal Breakout

Breakout is the title of Echoes of Zoo‘s debut album, on which animals literally break out their cages on a soundtrack made of adrenaline fuelled jazz infused with an eclectic range of western, oriental and African influences, made in Brussels. Album of the week on Radio Mukambo. We also listen to...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #491 – Tribal Futurism

Guedra Guedra‘s debut LP Vexillology is kicking down borders, offering listeners an experience made from hypnotic and rhythmic arrangements rooted in ancient cultures. From his Casablanca studio, the Moroccan genre-defying producer serves an elevation of tribal consciousness and underground futurism. Vexillology is album of the week on Radio Mukambo, out on On...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #490 – Transformation & Cure

Pancada Motor: Transformação e Cura is the 7th album by DJ Tudo e Sua Gente de Todo Lugar from São Paulo (Brazil), a breed of Brazilian field recordings made between 2007 and 2019 and recordings with traditional and modern musicians during trips around the world. Calling for “Transformation and Cure”: the...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #489 – Afro-Colombian Take-Over

Plenty of Afro-Colombian music on Radio Mukambo this week. Starting with the marimba and percussion driven Batea, debut album by Bejuco, a powerful band rooted in the Colombian Pacific with a fresh and contemporary feeling. We also listen to a new single by Abelardo Carbono x Meridian Brothers and a...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #488 – Grabbed by the Groove

“El Hal” is the feeling that comes when playing music, forgetting where you are. The feeling of being grabbed by the music and lost in the groove. A title that says it all about the third album from the London/Moroccan collective Electric Jalaba around Moroccan-born singer and guimbri player Simo...

Podcadst: Radio Mukambo #487 – Women’s Voices

Specially for International Women’s Day, this podcast is entirely dedicated to women’s voices. And for the first time in 10 years, basically all tracks come from Be My Voice, a NYP Records-compilation by Global Riddims and Mukambo. Discover 15 female artists from around the world fighting for female rights and...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #486 – Black History Month Belgium

During this month of March, the fourth edition of Black History Month Belgium will be taking place through virtual performances at AB & many other venues, including Belgian-Ghanian multi-instrumentalist Esinam and the Afropean slammer Badi. Check blackhistorymonth.be for the full programme. Radio Mukambo offers you Afro-grooves all year long, but...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #485 – Legacies & Legends

This week Radio Mukambo celebrates legacies and honours legends. “Legacy +” is our double LP of the week, by Femi Kuti and Made Kuti, son and grandson of the great Fela Kuti. Both bring their own peculiar blend of afrobeat. We also pay tribute to two legends who left us:...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #484 – Mandinga Dub

A full hour of dub on Radio Mukambo, starting with our album of the week Mandinga Dub by André Sampaio meets Victor Rice. Brazilian music inspired by West-Africa getting the dub treatment. The rest of the podcast is full of dub crossovers with ethiojazz, afrobeat, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Indian sounds & Balkan...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #483 – One Who Grooves

Azmari is the “one who praises” in Amharic, an Ethiopian singer-musician, comparable to the European bard or the West African griot. The Brussels-based ethiogroove collective is a 21st century version of Azmari, blending African and oriental melodies while providing a fresh take on the ethiojazz sound. Their debut album Samā’ī is...

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #482 – Zigzag to Africa and Back!

This week, Radio Mukambo takes you from Germany to Africa with Zik Zak, cd of the week by the German production duo Ancient Astronauts featuring upcoming vocalists and rappers from across Africa and the diaspora. We listen to plenty of new releases & remixes from Brazil, London, Afro-Colombia, Angola, Brussels &...

Corona Grooves – Best of 2020 mixtape

2020 has been a rough for musicians, artists and creatives, but the year also brought us lot of good music. Get ready for over 3 hours of trans-Atlantic and pan-African grooves, going from afrobeat over Afro-Latin to ethiojazz, from Maloya rhythms over Wassoulou blues to global hiphop, from reggae/dub over...

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...