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Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro Spectacular Vol.3

Grant Phabao and Djouls - 21st Century Afro Spectacular Vol.3
(MP3 Podcast on 2012-05-25

When I was younger you couldn't find funky, soulful or psychedelic Afro music at all in France. Then I stumbled upon a used Fela CD and with the arrival of the 21st century I discovered Antibalas. Both rocked my musical world and changed my life forever. Flash forward to 2012 and I now run the Paris DJs music agency, producing with label partner Grant Phabao the same kind of Afro music I fell in love with years ago. Thanks to the site's network of musical friends, we've managed to gather in our studios and productions musicians from Fela's Afrika 70 and Egypt 80, Antibalas, Brownout/Grupo Fantasma, Massak, Souljazz Orchestra, Tarace Boulba, Les Frères Smith, Psyco, Ebo Taylor's Afrobeat Academy, etc. Those tracks will form the core of a Paris DJs Soundsystem Afrofunk/Tropical/Reggae/Funk/Soul compilation album to be released in september and we are looking out for this project for other artists who represent what Paris DJs has been about for nearly 7 years. So if you have some unreleased tropical grooves to submit to us don't wait any longer! Meanwhile, here's the 3rd volume of our Spectacular selections of new cool afro grooves from the scene, with a brand new exclusive track from Franck Biyong's new project with The Diamane Bantu Messengers produced at Paris DJs' studios, the first extract from the upcoming new Antibalas album, friendly vibes from Akalé Wubé, The Liberators, Chico Mann, Shogun Orchestra, Beta Hector, Ebo Taylor (one of the two tracks from the new album on which Grant Phabao did a bit of his magic), Jungle By Night, Amayo (adding vocals on a Melvin Gibbs track featuring John Medeski!) or Seun Kuti… and more friendly vibes sent to us by our label collegues from Electric Cowbell, Agogo, Record Kicks, Ubiquity, Truth and Soul, Honest Jon's or Jazz and Milk… plus some digging finds such as Dereb The Ambassador, The Macrotones, Bixiga 70, Topaz or Papa Chango… and with a surprising closing track from the Classica Orchestra Afrobeat, some crazy Italian guys re-arranging Fela for classical music! As usual this new 21st Century Afro 25-tracks selection gathers modern Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Afrolatin and Ethio grooves from all over the world, selected by myself (Djouls), mixed and fully mastered by Grant Phabao. [Check also the Extravaganza monster mix, and the Spectacular Vol.1 and Vol.2]

Tracklisting :
01. [00:00] Va Fan Fahre - Nighttrain To Beirut
(from 'Al Wa Debt' album, 2010 / Zephyrus) info | buy
02. [04:29] Antibalas - Sare Kon Kon (radio edit)
(from 'Antibalas' album, 2012 / Daptone) info | buy
03. [09:16] Akalé Wubé - Mata
(from 'Mata' album, 2012 / Nabligam) info | buy
04. [12:53] Polythythmics - Pink Wasabi
(from 'We Will Begin Again' 7 inch, 2012 / Electric Cowbell) info | buy
05. [16:56] Bukky Leo and Black Egypt - Skeleton
(from 'Skeleton' 12 inch, 2012 / Agogo) info | buy
06. [22:50] Dr. John - Eleggua
(from 'Locked Down' album, 2012 / Nonesuch) info | buy
07. [25:28] Dereb the Ambassador - Gedawo (Traditional)
(from 'Dereb the Ambassador' album, 2011 / Other Tongues) info
08. [29:43] The Liberators - Let It Go (instrumental)
(from 'Let It Go feat. Roxie Ray' single, 2012 / Record Kicks) info | buy
09. [33:29] Professor Wouassa - La Cadena (feat. Chico Mann)
(from 'Dangerous Koko!' album, 2011 / Vendetta Digital) info | buy
10. [38:40] Monophonics - Thinking Black
(from 'In Your Brain' album, 2012 / Ubiquity) info | buy
11. [41:54] Shogun Orchestra - Bamako
(from 'Shogun Orchestra' album, 2012 / Jakarta) info | buy
12. [46:26] Beta Hector - Boi Peixe Theme feat. Boi Peixe
(from 'Beta Hector/Quantic' limited 7 inch, 2012 / info | buy
13. [50:45] The Macrotones - Praying Mantis
(from 'First Signs of Danger' album, 2011 / Young Cub) info
14. [54:48] Ebo Taylor - Assom
(from 'Appia Kwa Bridge' album, 2012 / Strut) info | buy
15. [60:38] Jungle By Night - Ethiopino
(from 'Hidden' album, 2012 / Kindred Spirits) info | buy
16. [01:03:50] El Michels Affair - Run Fay Run
(from 'Run Fay Run' 7 inch, 2011 / Truth and Soul) info | buy
17. [01:07:22] Rocket Juice and The Moon - Follow-Fashion feat. Fatoumata Diawara and M.anifest
(from 'Rocket Juice and The Moon' album, 2012 / Honest Jon's) info | buy
18. [01:11:17] Papa Chango - A Challenger Appears
(from 'The Matador' album, 2012 / General Film Music) info | buy
19. [01:15:55] Topaz - Paleo (alt. version)
(from 'Pure Hemp presents One Love' compilation, 2006 / Pure Hemp) info
20. [01:21:51] Bixiga 70 - Grito de Paz
(from 'Bixiga 70' album, 2011 / ) info | download
21. [01:26:04] Franck Biyong and The Diamane Bantu Messengers - Fe Bain
(from 'Fe Bain' upcoming single, 2012 / Paris DJs) info
22. [01:31:01] Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Seconds
(from 'In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2' compilation, 2008 / Shout Factory) info
23. [01:34:35] Sam Irl - Oh Mother feat. Smizuler and The Helmets
(from 'Slower Bavarian' EP, 2012 / Jazz&Milk) info | buy
24. [01:39:05] Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity - Mojuba feat. Amayo and John Medeski
(from 'Ancients Speak' album, 2009 / Livewired Music) info | buy
25. [01:43:33] Classica Orchestra Afrobeat - Zombie feat. Seun Kuti
(from 'Shrine On You - Fela Goes Classical' album, 2012 / Brutture Moderne) info
Total time : 1h51mn

All the original cover artworks are available on the Paris DJs blog

Credits :
Selected by Grant Phabao and Djouls from the Paris DJs Soundsystem (
Mix and audio mastering by Grant Phabao (
Artwork layout by Djouls (

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