D.C.’s own DJ Underdog released his most recent mixtape Africa Go Slow earlier this year with samplings from Nigerian musicians such as Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, Mike Okri, Afrobeat composer Vincent Ahehehinou and Queen of Congolese rumba Mbilia Bel.
The featured Music Mix of the Week track, the “Wet Season,” is accompanied by a second track on the mixtape called the “Dry Season.”
The mixtape is inspired by Kuti’s “Go Slow,” which talks about the need for bucking the fast-pace of life for a period of slowdown and reflection. “The beauty of the slowing down is that it enables whoever wants to explore and to experiment within, to do so alone,” according to the explanation given on the mixtape site.
When members of the group Les Nubians came into town for last month’s DC Jazz Festival, they lauded DJ Underdog for his skill and talents. You can hear their shout-outs throughout the “Wet Season” track. Take a listen and see if you agree.
– Nia Hightower, DC Music Live