Music for the Masses: East African Dance Party (Audio)

Aug 27, 2023

A sound safari to the countries of Eastern Africa, covering a range of contemporary genres such as genge and kapuka (Kenya/Uganda), muziki wa dansi and bongo flava (Tanzania), taarab and sêga (Zanzibar) and others, plus reggae, hip-hop and afrobeats in Kiswahili, Sheng (slang), and English.

"Music for the Masses" invites you on an excursion of sound and rhythm. Discover the music of established and emerging artists, both signed and unsigned, on the international music scene. For the avid globe-hopper and armchair traveler alike. You might want to pack a map and a sandwich. Catskill resident "DJ Neva" is an ethnomusicologist, producer, and long-time cultural activist, specializing in music from the entire African continent, as well as the Caribbean and Latin America, the Maghreb and Middle East, and the Roma (Gypsy) diaspora. Formerly the producer of "Continental Drift" on WBAI-FM and New York International on Haitian community station Radio Soleil in NYC. The show is broadcast live from Catskill, NY.

Playlists and more information here.

Selection of original DJ mixes here.

  • Dream Weaver / Seed Of Love / The Little Boy Blues
  • On The Radio / Donna Summer
  • Madagasikara / Rossy
  • Eddembe / Ssewa Ssewa
  • Vingaravyo vyote si dhahabu / Zanzibara
  • Jingo Janga / Madalitso Band
  • Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains) / Groupe RTD
  • Visa Vimenichosha / Mlimani Park Orchestra
  • Ago / Qwanqwa
  • Ya zamani / Zanzibara
  • Lala Belu / Hailu Mergia
  • Nitafanya (feat. Kidum) / Lady Jaydee
  • Dakika Moja / Mwana FA
  • Marewa / Minyeshu
  • Ndi Muna Uganda / Bobi Wine
  • Ebul / Emmanuel Jal
  • Mikono Kwenye Hewa (Ditractions and Hidden Agendas) / Muthoni the Drummer Queen
  • Noyo omulungi / Rachel Magoola
  • We Gotta Dance / Slim Ali & The Hodi Boys
  • Disco Matanga (Yambakhana) / Sauti Sol
  • Pôle pôle / Chebli
  • I Love You / kohbbie jude
  • Efa Olo Be / Régis Gizavo
  • Umbeya (ndala Kasheba) / Ndala Kasheba