Apple Music has today announced Afro House pioneer and DJ, Boddhi Satva (real name Armani Kombot-Naguemon) as the next Isgubhu cover star and to celebrate, Satva has also created an exclusive Isgubhu playlist that champions Africa’s burgeoning Afro House scene.
This selection for Apple Music is a glimpse into the various sounds and identities of the African Dance scene and my selection is focused on Afro House, a sound that has seen the light of day a little over 40 years ago with different names but a sound that has since never ceased to evolve into so many different forms of itself. I am surely missing a lot of tunes but nonetheless, you shall be able to hear some Ancestral Soul off of my upcoming album Manifestation as well as some Afro House, Afro Tech, Afro-Soul, Afrobeats, and Amapiano,
The release of his highly-anticipated new concept album Manifestation (2022), available to stream on Apple Music in Spatial Audio, is the conclusion of a trilogy of releases from the Central African Republic-born DJ that have spanned a decade, completing the first cycle of his Ancestral Soul sound. Anchored by the uplifting first singles “Storiá Storiá” featuring Cape Verde-born singer, ÉLLÀH and “Kilulu” featuring Spilulu, H. Baraka, and Kaysha, Manifestation is an amalgamation of genres from R&B, soul, trap and Amapiano, that’ll take the listener on a cross-continental journey.
Taking over Isgubhu By…. for this month is Kenyan-South African composer, producer and filmmaker, BŪJIN (Dani Kyengo O’Neill).
My selection is a mix from around the continent of artists whose sounds are vast and infectious. I’m very selective and sensitive with whom I share the music I listen to, so these 10 projects are close to my heart. I’ve been following these artists for years or just started bumping one or two recently, some I listen to in my downtime or when I’m vibing, when I’m rollerblading or hyping myself up, taking a bath and minding my business – all of them deserving of their flowers.
Isgubhu also houses a collection of playlists including Spotlight On – a focus on boutique labels like Soul Candi, House Afrika, Stay True Sounds and Uganda’s Hakuna Kulala & Nyege Nyege Tapes and Isgubhu Voices – a focus on the best Dance and Electronic tracks that feature vocals.