Paris based creative collective Weareblind may be a new name to us, but they have already created buzz in the past years doing videos for Nike’s We Run Paris campaign, working with Stussy and other labels. They drew our attention with a new mix freely available via Soundcloud, with a fine selection of African seventies music that has been sampled by (mostly western) artists.

The usual suspects are there (Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango and the original of Waka Waka) but fortunately the crates of compiler Yannick Do and dj B.Loo run way deeper – any idea where the sample in ‘Raw Shit’ was taken from? Stop doing what you’re doing, download or stream, turn up the volume and get surprised. Also, expect a volume two, because obviously there’s more original sample material to be found (in fact, if you are a African hip hop radio regular you’ll remember a few instances we may have played over the years). This is the third in the Weareblind African Mixes series, and it’s the best so far (volume 2 here and their World Cup mix here).


Weareblind presents Africa Samples – African Mix Vol.3
Selected by Yannick Do / Mixed by Dj B.LOO / Artwork by Ill-StudioK. Frimpong – Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena
Balla Et Ses Balladins – Paulette
J Cole – Cant Get Enough feat Trey Songz
Golden Sounds – Zamina mina
Oriango & Kipchamba – Pelina
El Guincho – Antillas
Babatunde Olatunji – Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Drums of Passion)
Fatboy Slim – Jin Go Lo Ba
Fatboy Slim – First Down
Fela Kuti – Roforofo Fight
Mulatu Astatke – Yegelle Tezeta
Damian Marley & Nas – As We Enter
Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin Somethin
Kanye West Lost In The World
Rihanna don’t stop the music
Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa
Jay-Z – Face Off
The Funkees – Akula Owu Onyeara
Joe Kickass – Akula
Fela Kuti – Fear Not For Man
Mos Def – Fear Not Of Man
Missy Elliott – Dog In Heat feat Redman & Method Man
Foty & J.M. Tim – Douala By Night
Gnarls Barkley – Storm Coming
K. Frimpong & His Cubanos Fiestas – Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu
Jaylib – Raw Shit Ft Talib Kweli
Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited – Shumba
Daphni – Mapfumo
Ebo Taylor – Heaven
Usher – She Dont Know feat Ludacris
Fam-Lay – War Music
Jingo – Fever
The Roots – I Will Not Apologize (Feat. Porn and Dice Raw)
Fela Kuti – Mr grammarticalogylisationalism is the boss
Nas – Dance
Khaled – Aicha
Devin The Dude – Doobie Ashtray
Miriam Makeba – Quit It
The Firm – Desperados feat Canibus
Wasis Diop – Dune
Amadou & Mariam – Sabali
Nas & Damian Marley – Patience