Our flagship playlist series celebrates popular African music within the continent and the diaspora. Over time, we’ve come to marvel at the ingenious ways our artists blend traditional African music genres with modern popular styles. And we felt it would only be right to highlight that for the people ‘dem. You will notice that our Teintée Africaine playlists have evolved in scope and tenor as we’ve gone along to build them. To make sure you get the most out of them, we also highlights the works (albums, compilations, EPs…) that have mostly driven each edition. (We look forward to soon bring you additional insights from the artists themselves!). Below you can dig into each of the Teintée Africaine editions we’ve put out so far.
Teintée Africaine Editions
“Jecha” was a breeze to put together. It also provided us with a lot of ideas that we took into the next edition.
“Ankara” picks up from where “Kanga” left off. We’ve spotlight the genres spreading accross the continent as well as emerging forces.
“Kanga” was a quick update of “Kitenge” to usher in the year-end festivities.
In “Kitenge”, after much clamor for the move, we brought our playlist to Audiomack. We also thought it would be wise to make the playlist dynamic, like most streaming services do. Lastly, we also added recommendations for the excellent albums that brought up most of our picks.
For our third outing, ‘Kente’, we brought in help in picking the songs that should make our playlist and, to make for an easy listening experience, we broke down the playlist into three “moods”.
Our second ‘Teintée Africaine’ edition (we codenamed it ‘Kente’) took us more time and taught us how far and wide we had to cast the net.
The starting point to this wonderful voyage through African pop music. We called the playlist series Teintée Africaine.