Music Monday // 003 – Afrobeat inspired mixtape

‘A militant message couched in uplifting form’ … Fela Kuti. Photograph: Leni Sinclair/Getty Images
‘A militant message couched in uplifting form’ … Fela Kuti. Photograph: Leni Sinclair/Getty Images

Musical visionary, street preacher, incendiary political activist, and Afro-beat progenitor, Fela Anikulapo Kuti is the motivation to this week’s Music Monday Soundcloud mixtape. Also included is Papa Wemba, who’s pioneering blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds became one of Africa’s most popular music styles. Papa Wemba helped modernise Congolese rumba music, with the genre that emerged – soukous – influencing music across Africa. Known as Mama Africa and the Empress of African song, Miriam Makeba’s “Pata Pata” makes this week’s 8 track mixtape, paying tribute to the Legendary South African singer and outspoken opponent of apartheid regime from the 1960s till its dismantling in the early 1990s.

Here is this week’s set, give it a spin! And hope you enjoy!

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About the Author
Mariel Kanene is Founder and Editor of and lead storyteller with a focus on music, startups and travel. His passion for storytelling was born in Kinshasa, Congo and bred in Washington, DC where he resides. By day, Mariel spends his days slowly trying to change the world—one meaningful interaction at a time. He loves reading factual-fiction, good podcasts, traveling, health and fitness, foreign languages and good conversations over good coffee and even better rum. He hates talking about himself in third person.Thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated. Find me on: Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin | Website.

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