TOTD // 15/08 // Afriquoi

Published: August 15, 2017, words by Hannah Edwards

Part of the Deep South takeover


Afriquoi are UK’s most exciting new world music group, playing an uplifting fusion of African music and live electronics. Based in London, the diversity of Afriqoui’s members; ranging in age across three decades, and originating from Africa, the Caribbean and the UK, results in a group that truly represents the UK’s underground music scene. Every musician in the group holds equal importance and is a leader in their own right. Afriquoi makes true fusion music, bringing together a vast depth of musical knowledge, culture and life experience from its members.

Their masterful five-piece live show combines Gambian kora, Congolese guitar and Mandinka percussion styles with electronic music sounds, drawing on elements of house, soca, hip-hop, soul and jungle to create a sound that is entirely unique. Their live African dance music, fusing African instruments with UK electronic undertones, creates captivating, beautiful, dancefloor-friendly music that appeals to a new generation of world music fans. Afriquoi’s fun and experimental sound successfully bridges the gap between world music and club music, truly capturing audiences and filling rooms with irresistible energy.

Afriquoi will be playing a DJ set at Deep South festival in September, which will round off a big summer for them, including a massive show on the West Holts stage at Glastonbury and appearances at festivals across Europe. As soon as festival season is over, they have a headline show at London’s Oval Space scheduled for September 21st, and a new release planned for Autumn as part of the Beating Heart projects. Watch out for them in 2018, as they also have some remixes in the pipeline and a new album on the way, which is sure to be full of energy, fun and surprises.

Their recent musical inspirations have influenced the selections below.

via soundcloud

Majid Bekkas

Mrhaba (Cervo Edit)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Cervo of Banana Hill has long been a friend and supporter of Afriquoi. As well as booking Afriquoi for some of our first Northern shows through Banana Hill (remember in particular a monster lineup with Gilles Peterson, Romare, Afriquoi, Werkha + KOG all on the same bill), he’s been doing some great productions and remixes. We heard our old friend Couscous running this one at the Lizard stage at WOMAD and were like 1) woah what is this track???? and 2) woah that’s Cervo! nice!!! Stonecold banger. We’ve always loved gnawa and the uplifting, soothing sound of the gumbri so this track has it all really.  ”
via soundcloud

Umoja

Umboweti

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This track. It’s got a mad bottle-blowing sounding intro that reminds us of the intro to Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man which is one of the best pieces of music ever. It’s in 6/8. It’s got amazing percussion. It’s got a crazy groove. And it’s super fun and light and bouncy. Just…. wah. We’ve played it a couple of times in clubs and people don’t always get it but those that do…. it makes us smile. Oh yeah and Umoja are our boys. Coolest act in Holland by a mile. Mad love for them.”
via soundcloud

Oumou Sangare

Yere Faga (Mawimbi Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I mean. Oumou Sangare is far and away our favourite living African singer, in fact I’d go so far as to say my personal all time favourite singer, full stop. The combination of depth, love, richness and poise just does something to me. Add to that extra drumming from legendary afrobeat innovator (and fellow Wormfood artist) Tony Allen and you already have a classic. But… it’s too slow, we hear you cry. How do you play it in the clubs? Enter Mawimbi with their sexy French deep afro house vibes. Absolutely love this.”
via soundcloud

Retrospective for Love

Let Me Know (Seb Wildblood Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Our label mates Retrospective for Love recently released a compilation of remixes of their album ‘Random Activities of a Heart’ which came out earlier this year. The original album is super soulful + jazzy + obviously quite a difference from the Afriquoi sound but this mellow housey remix from Church boss Seb Wildblood just makes us feel gooooood.”

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