Afriquya Spotify: Sahara Blues

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Today, we proudly announce our brand new Spotify platform! Our very first playlist is called Sahara Blues and is a compilation of carefully selected tracks by Binair 01, Lowup Records and the Afriquya team. Some of the artists included are Terakaft, Gan Gah, Fatoumata Diawara, Mr. ID, St. Germain, Tamikrest, Wizkid and many more!


Get your Pre-sale tickets for Afriquya X Lowup X Sonar on 23 November 2018 here.

Afriquya @ BOZAR: Sahara Blues

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For the first time, Afriquya also partners up with Lowup (record label & radio show, Brussels) and Sonar (party concept by binair01, Gent) for a unique celebration of Sahara Blues at BOZAR.
You don’t want to miss this one!

23.11.18: Terakaft + Doueh
(Mali / France – M Hall)

The band Terakaft (“caravan”) comes from Northern Mali and brings in a fascinating way the hypnotic and rhythmic Sahrawi clues.
Doueh originated in Dakhla, a city in Western Sahara, and owes its powerful sound to a mix of traditional Hassan music (from the Yemenite-Arabic heritage) and pop, folk and blues.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor terakaft


Gan Gah (Lowup)
Fed by traditional « Gnawa » and Berber rhythms in the suburbs of Agadir, Gan Gah is an accomplished musician who knows how to shake a dancefloor with his bewitching beats. Offering a stunning combination of club music and traditional North-African melodies.


Mnsr Zéro (Sonar/Binair01)
The sum of classic beatmatching and extremely diverse dance rhythms make mnsr zér0 a party dj producing a unique sound. A real relief for lovers of thrilling and challenging dance rhythm variations.


Toufouk Tenere
The name “Toufouk Ténéré is from the language Tamasheq and means “Sun of the Desert”. The main idea of this project is to improve everyday life of the population of the Aïr by use of solar energy.


The mission of iCompassion is to make an appeal to the conscience and thus to inspire daily acts of sympathy through a REVERSIBLE bracelet.
The benefits from the sale of the bracelets are invested in educational projects in Africa.


Decorations & live animation will be provided by fashion designer Mmawaxx who combines modern designs with waxx fabrics.


Resident DJ of Afriquya vzw combining traditional music with electronic beats.

Concert + Afriquya ticket: €16 (BUY HERE)
Afriquya pre-sale ticket: €6 (BUY HERE)
Afriquya door ticket: €8


Mamawaxx Workshop @ Afroblend Festival

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On Sunday 7 October Mamawaxx will organise a sewing / customisation workshop to create decorations for the next edition of AFRIQUYA at BOZAR on 23 November. Kids, parents and seniors are all welcome to participate!

Two partnering clothing brands will support the workshop: Waxelles by Annelies Verhoeve and Elengiyk by Elengi Ya Kotonga.

Afroblend Festival: 14h-19h

Mamawaxx Workshop: 14h-17h

Afroblend Festival is a brand new FREE festival in Brussels promoting the afro culture and it’s new expressions.


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JOKI Joins The Fight For Diversity

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On 7 October, AFRIQUYA resident JOKI will perform a live DJ set at one of the biggest gatherings of organisations and people fighting for diversity in Antwerp (Belgium) and surroundings.

“De Grote Omarming” is a FREE event with 12 specific points around the city of Antwerp. Each point represents a current important socio-economic challenge faced by the city and will include various artistic performances and debates. After the performances, all 12,000+ visitors will join hands to create a human chain that connects all 12 points.

JOKI will be present at “Point 7” which stands for DIVERSITY. Join his set at 14h30, followed by street theatre from Madame Fortuna. “Point 7” is organised and curated by prestigious humanitarian non for profit organisations: Hand In Hand (NFP), Het Roze Huis (NFP) and Samenlevingsopbouw Antwerpen (NFP).

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Love 4 Ghana by JOKI

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Afriquya resident JOKI shares with us a special mix that pays tribute to his Ghanaian roots. As he comments: “This mix is a travel through time & space, starting with traditional sounds (palm-wine) that represent the foundation of highlife music“.

     Koo Nimo, Ghana 1968.

Love 4 Ghana includes several popular and inpirational music genres invented in Ghana such as Highlife, Azonto and Afrobeat. Some legendary artists included are Koo nimo, Daddy Lumba, Ebo Taylor, Blay Ambolley, Bisa Kdei, Ofori Amponsah and Sarkodie. Enjoy this musical travel throughout the “Golden Coast”.


Afriquya JAM 2018 – Throwback

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On May 25th the 1st edition of Afriquya JAM took place in the Ravenstein Gallery located at the core of Brussels. It is a moment for us to share this musical and cultural experience with the local dance community in Belgium.
We started this edition with a workshop given by house dancer & instructer Raquel Suarez Dueñas (aka Mamawax) and DJ Ivan Diaz!

Credit: Emilie Akiko.

The workshop was followed by intense battles with JOKI on the desks and some of the best (afro)house & urban dancers from Belgium. Therefore, a special shout out to Bruce Blanchard, Karim Belharch, Hendrick Shaina Ntela, Zach Swagga, Xavier Mwaku, Garbar Joseph, Joffrey Anane, Samantha Mavinga, The Behouse Crew and Stephane Adn for lighting the FIRE!

Credit: Bouchra Bat.

Our JAM editions are also unique opportunities to directly give back to less fortunate communities next to our doorstep. For this first edition, we decided to collect food (in exchange for free entrance) and donate all of it towards Al-Ikram. Al-Ikram is a small charitable organization that provides food, shelter and help in urgent moments for many of the refugees and homeless in Antwerp. The collection was of great help for Al-Ikram to organize one of their Iftar meals during Ramadan.

Credit: Al Ikram.

Imagine organizing a great local event and suddenly Boiler Room shows up? That is exactly what happened. Thanks to Zach Swagga and Bruce Blanchard, Boiler Room & Eristoff decided to come and film our event while promoting the (afro)house scene in Belgium.

Credit: Boiler Room.

Finally, a special thanks to our partners & sponsors: Noir Comme Neige, ONG Kesho, Freestyle Lab, Mamawaxx, Soulfood Mama Brussels, Ayacam – Association Humanitaire and Creative Events.

Join us next year for a bigger, stronger and better edition of Afriquya JAM.


JOKI at Sfinks Mixed 2018

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From the 6th until the 29th of July one of the most famous and qualitative world music festivals in Belgium is taking place: Sfinks Mixed 2018. Sfinks Mixed is a yearly world music festival with FREE entrance where people from all cultures and generations come together to celebrate traditional sounds from all corners of the world. The first Sfinks edition took place back in 1976!

Sfinks Festival – Boechout, Belgium – 1982.

On July the 27th, our resident DJ JOKI will be waving the Afriquya flag at at 19:00 – Urban Mad Stage.

JOKI will be joining the line-up next to living legends such as Oumou Sangare, Toto La Momposina, Julian Marley, Sona Jobarteh, Lucibella and many more!

Do not miss the performance of MR ID, who is featured on our Afriquya artist blog and will be showcasing his skills at the Sfinks decks on July 29th.

Enjoy this video of JOKI during his previous appearance at Sfinks in 2016!


JOKI at Sfinks Announcement

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Afriquya Charity Partner Noir Comme Neige @ Brussels Parlament

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Four students at IHECS (Brussels, Belgium), Malaurie Chokoualé, Camille Crucifix, Fiorine Guéry and Louis Van Ginneken traveled to Tanzania to create a photographic reportage and write about people with albinism. These people are are both targets of bites from the sun and deadly beliefs.

We enjoyed showing
a preview of their work with an exposition
during our tribute to Mali at BOZAR in January.

The Brussels French-speaking Parliament,
after having supported their trip,
also had the pleasure of hosting their photo exhibition from June 7th until June 15th.


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Mr-ID, a Moroccan touch on the international scene

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Abderrahman Elhafid, aka Mr-ID, is a DJ/producer from Casablanca, Morocco. This artist mixes enchanting vocals with musical instruments in his own recognizable way. Known for his famous Moroccan touch, Mr-ID combines traditional Moroccan notes and African cultural heritage with electronic beats. His artistic background is influenced by school rap, jazz and funk. The result is a diversity of genres, instruments and influences which are internationally recognized.

© Badr Bouzoubaâ

His opus “Salat Al Nabina” made him known beyond Moroccan borders and was played by many international DJs. This sound with ancestral vocals, a percussive and dark instrumental resounded in the clubs. You have probably heard him without knowing that it was from Mr-ID.

Mr-ID also likes to play alongside traditional live artists. He recently toured in Belgium with a small group of Gnawa musicians. The combination of his beats with the live and raw traditional sounds of the musicians literally made people lose their minds!

Today, he seduces a great variety of audiences, artists and international DJs. His music has been released by top labels such as Offering Recordings (Belgium), Kingdom Kome Kuts (UK) and Latin Lovers Records (Netherlands).

Check out Mr. ID’s personal salute and happy end of Ramadan message:

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Afriquya JAM Event

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A very special edition of Afriquya focusing on DANCE & COMMUNITY!

19:00 – 20:00 
House Workshop w/ Raquel Suarez Dueñas and live Dj set W/ Ivan Diaz
Tickets House Workshop: €10 | MAXIMUM 20 reservations | Send e-mail to (First name + Last name).

Battle Exhibitions with some of the hottest (Afro)house dancers in Belgium!

The audience will choose 1 male and 1 female winner! The winner will receive an Afriquya gift bag.

21:30 – 00:00
Party with DJ JOKI

Battle + Party Tickets: €5 or 1KG of non-perishable FOOD for the less fortunate!



A big thanks to all the dancers present and our partners:


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