Teintée Africaine

Growing up as a francophone in (East and West) Africa, my preferred choice music was rap. American rap since that was the reference; French rap because I could understand it; and French African rap because it was there afterall. Back then, the US set the tone in terms of style and sounds and it trickled down to the rest of the world. While the center of hip-hop innovation moved downwards from NY to ATL, the Africans also went from simply mimicking to melding elements characterstic of hip-hop with those from our heritage of music. The resulting sounds have spilled over to the West and French urban music in particular. I rushed this selection for the first edition of teintée africaine but we’ll get to delve farther and further in subsequent entries in this series. Enjoy!

In English the playlist title literally means, ‘tinted with African.’ Much like tie-dyeing – a tradition in Africa – turns bland fabrics into colorful masterpieces, the trend from the Western World artists – those from France in particular – to imitate the formula used by African pop artists has brought them more appeal.

The Playlist


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The Tracklist


01. MHD ::: Maman j’ai mal
02. The Shin Sekaï ::: Alter ego
03. Abou Debeing ::: Sorry (feat. Aya Nakamura)
04. Keblack ::: J’ai déconné
05. Alikiba ::: Aje
06. DJ Hamida ::: L’argent n’aime pas les gens (feat. Lefa & Barack Adama)
07. Davido ::: The Money (feat. Olamide)
08. Fababy ::: Physio (Température) (feat. Keblack & Naza)
09. Black M :: À l’Ouest (feat. MHD)
10. Niska ::: Mustapha Jefferson
11. Kiff No Beat ::: Approchez regardez (feat. DJ Arafat)
12. Mafikizolo ::: Colours of Africa (feat. Diamond Platnumz & DJ Maphorisa)
13. DJ Deedir ::: No Limit (feat. Awa Imani & Amy)
14. Maître Gims ::: Sapés comme jamais (feat. Niska)
15. Koffi Olomide ::: Selfie
16. Iyanya ::: Type of Woman
17. Gradur ::: Illégal (feat. Black M)
18. Booba ::: Validée (feat. Benash)
19. The Shin Sekaï ::: Aime moi demain (feat. Gradur)
20. Phyno ::: Fada Fada (Ghetto Gospel) (feat. Olamide)
21. Bebi Philip ::: Move Dadass
22. Tour 2 Garde ::: Jatao
23. Lefa ::: Dernier arrêt (feat. Dadju & Abou Debeing)
24. Kedjevara ::: Remue la bouteille
25. Sauti Sol ::: Unconditionally Bae (feat. Alikiba)

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I wrote as kid. (I'd die if you'd ever get your hands on those poems.) And I wrote as a teen. (We thought our raps would spearhead revolution.) I write these days to share my joys and perspectives. I am as subjective as they come. I found a bunch of blessed souls that are just as expressive. And Africa is all the better for it. (I think I never really changed.)
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