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


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”.


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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Buscemi – ‘The unclassifiable Belgian who makes the crowds dance’

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Steve Buscemi is an American actor that you may have already seen in movies like Fargo or in the Broadwalk Empire series. However, Buscemi is also the nickname of one of his biggest fans: Dirk Swartenbroekx.

This Buscemi is a Belgian DJ known worldwide for his groove with multiple and colourful influences. “Dance music with a warm feel” is the way Buscemi describes his own music. But his style remains difficult to define. One could add that his music encourages to dance. From head to toe, in rhythm. Elements of bossa and Brazilian grooves mixed with jazz, afrobeat and drum and bass accents, make the style of Buscemi inimitable.

His Dipso Calypso (feat. Lady Cath), to understand the multiplicity of his style.


He is also extremely prolific. After twenty years of career, seven solo-albums, four duo-albums and a dozen compilations of remixes. He also worked on tracks with some important bands and artists such as Hooverphonic, Melanie Gardot and even Calexico.

Loving to perform live sets, Buscemi has already been seen on a number of Belgian and international scenes. From Rock Wechter in Belgium to the Oppokoppi Festival in Pretoria, South Africa, the guy moves as much as his music.

In 2017, he releases his latest album, Late Nite Reworks, Vol. 2, a series of fourteen tracks forming a very varied compilation of remixes. The remix The Traveller of the Belgian musician and composer Michel Bisceglia is the ninth title of the album. The original jazz piece with piano and bass inviting to a special journey is transfigured. With, as always, the indefinable style of Buscemi.

This is not the first time that the talents of Buscemi and Michel Bisceglia cross. In 2009, they released the album “Vertov Luomo Con la Macchina Da Presa” A mix of style, at the crossroads of Bisceglia’s jazz piano and Buscemi’s warm-sounding percussions.

Il risveglio, with the Michel Bisceglia ensemble. One of his best and longest collaborations. They’ve worked three times together.

His groovy soundcloud


DJ Satelite, the new prince of Angola!

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DJ Satelite is truly becoming the honorable successor of Djeff Afrozila as the new prince of Angola! His rhythmic and warm combinations of Kuduro and Afrohouse have conquered the hearts of many and rocked dance floors across the world.

DJ Satelite- a native of Luanda –started his career by raw, passionate curiosity and quickly became one of the main drivers of Afro House and Kuduro in many Lusophone countries. After having dedicated years on his own productions, in 2006 he achieved notoriety as one of the co-producers of the album Estado Maior do Kuduro dos Lambas, also known as the first album made by a local artist. The album gained stellar reviews in Angola, in particular, the hit single, “Se desfio”. His productions have been featured on Boilier Room, Enchufada, and as well as for the critically acclaimed film “I Love Kuduro”. DJ Satelite has already performed at many renown events and nightclubs around the world. His journey has taken him to Red Bull Music Academy and the Ibiza International Music Summit. He has also graced established and innovative festivals such as Sfinks Festival, AfricaNouveau and the Ten Cities project. He was even invited to play for private events of the legendary British DJ Fatboy Slim. DJ Satélite is not only an ambassador of the new Angolan sound but also a pioneer of the African Electronic Music scene that is burning dance floors all across the globe –

Satelite just released his new co-production, Mama Na Bheto, with Dorivaldo Mix and Os Bamfumus and he is already about to release Malembe na soukouse on Offering Recordings. A very promising track with hypnotizing snares that takes you on a true Angolan voyage. Be prepared to hear a lot about him in 2016, as he is preparing a European tour, together with no one less but DJ Spilulu from Congo (RDC).

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