Check out this link for a review of the album cut entitled We are the Future (which now also includes a free download): http://aspecks.com/blog/commentary/africas-fokn-future/
Aspecks recently provided you with a sneak peak of the productive summer that the FOKN Bois spent in Budapest when we posted about Africa’s FOKN Future. Consequently we had raised expectations for the release of the full mix and of course, despite being busy working on their various solo projects, the FOKN Bois (M3NSA and Wanlov The Kubolor) do not disappoint in the slightest. Hosted by the Irie Maffia Production duo (ELO and Jumo Daddy), the Dunaquest minimix combines their eclectic fusion of hip-hop, funk, reggae and European dance beats with the reflective and optimistic humour of the FOKN Bois’ verbal dexterity to magnificent effect. But don’t just take our word for it as you can listen to the results of their endeavours below.
Officially released on Akwaaba/Irie Maffia Productions on the 26th April 2011.
The FOKN Bois spent some time in Hungary last summer whilst on tour and collaborated with Irie Maffia Sound System(another powerful music collective who specialise in reggae, hip hop, funk and cumbia amongst other genres) to make a song called “We are the Future” which you can listen to HERE. (unfortunately embedding of the tune has been disabled)
(UPDATE – you can now download the song at the link provided and the album will be available on on all digital outlets NOW)
We find the song particularly invigorating not only because of the beats and how fresh they are but also because of the visions a bright future for Africa presented by both M3nsa and Wanlov in their verses and how they mesh with the things we are concerned about as aspecks. In the song, they speak of a ‘new world’ with Africa partaking at the forefront of global prosperity and no longer the continent that people seek to flee from in search of greener pastures.
M3nsa‘s album No.1 Mango Street has been released to itunes with critical acclaim. Check out the video for the lead single “No One Knows Tomorrow” below, which is also available on itunes along with remixes here.
After the “read more” button you will find some footage from an album showcase he recently performed with his band The Light Offs which features performance of tracks from his album, No.1 Mango Street including: “Afrofunkin” “Show Me How” “Adjuma” “No One Knows” and “Kelewele Pimpin”!
Many congratulations to the one and only M3nsa who has today released the first single of his new album No.1 Mango Street, “No One Knows” on iTunes!! You can download it hear!!! and for those of you who have been sleeping check the video below for a live performance of the song.
Also keep an eye out for the forthcoming music video which as M3nsa describes in this interview on indiegogo, “tells the story of a man looking to find what exactly the future will bring, by consulting soothsayers, fortune tellers etc. However, what they predict is often inaccurate and he has to alter the future himself. For instance he sees a weatherman, on TV, predicting the weather in the future, and it seems gloomy, so he hits the side of the television and the weatherman switches his forecast to something more positive. This is to signify that sometimes we have to take action to alter the future!”
Check out the recent performances below of M3nsa and his band the Light Offs at Rich Mix in London. M3nsa and the band will be playing alongside the innovative DJ Richy Pitch. at the free O2 Your Country Live event at Shepherd’s Bush Empire this Tuesday 9th November! Also performing are the MOBO award winning Nneka and MTV Africa’s Best Performer 2009 Samini. O2 customers can get their free tickets for the event by texting YC2 to 66102 and if you are not on O2 you can get a free Your Country sim card here.
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