Take It Easy Music Decalogue #07 • Afro Grooves

Weekly update for our beloved Music Decalogue, the 10 playlist series that goes through our musical identity. This time we’ll cover a very dear genre: Afro.

We tried to compile a selection of sounds that come from the afro worlds, intended as everything with an afro matrix regarding the drum rhythms, vocals and so on. Therefore, there are many distinctions. Afrobeat is a term coined in the 60’s by Feel Kuti, who is responsible for pioneering and popularizing the style both inside and outside Nigeria. It’s a genre that involves the combination of elements of African musical style with American’s jazz, soul and funk. On the other hand, there’s afrobeats (with the S), which is a vaster term to refer to all the music that spread from the West Africa’s diaspora to land in the UK at the start of the century. Simplifying, we can say that with afrobeat we refer to the 60’s and 70’s music and with afrobeats the evolution of the sound from 2000’s on. We tried not to focus on any specific subgenre, but instead to incorporate everything coming from the afro world that inspired us in our music tastes and that we just like to call grooves.

You’ll find essential names like Feel Kuti, Tony Allen and Funkadelic in this 30-tracks playlist. This one and all the others playlists are always available via our Spotify account.