VariousAlternate African Reality – Electronic, Electroacoustic And Experimental Music From Africa And The Diaspora

Label:Syrphe – S026
2 x CD, Album, Compilation
Style:Abstract, Ambient, Experimental, Free Improvisation, Hip Hop, IDM, Field Recording, Musique Concrète, Noise


1-1HibotepAcid Dairiah7:37
1-2Beko The StorytellerBlack Coffee2:01
1-3[MONRHEA] + Ejuku122.2.22.222:25
1-4Jako MaronPendulé5:04
1-5Rey SapienzVotura3:38
1-6Catu DiosisChoc Kedda3:37
1-7Yao Bobby & Simon GrabAhojde3:31
1-8Mario Swagga And DJ SililaParty La Uhakika (Epic Party)5:27
1-9AFALFL*Uebuzz Like1:52
1-11The Age Of HeroesAmin 23:31
1-14Pö (2)Laydo3:51
1-15Aragorn23*Trumpets of the Krell4:24
1-16Robert MachiriDurban Incursions4:11
1-17Mash*Sand Wave2:37
1-18Sukitoa O NamauWhen I Tripped And Hit My Head On The Sink Of The Love Hotel4:41
1-19Ibukun SundayAwaken Your Third Ear Soundscapes3:22
1-20Shadwa AliRequiem For a Grief3:35
1-21C-dríkYear 2040, France Is The Last Country On Earth To Ban Plastic Bags0:32
2-22Cobi Van TonderMutation213:04
2-24Jacqueline George*Untitled5:01
2-25Aurélie Nyirabikali Liermaniota mikro8:44
2-26Victor GamaHorizonte Suspenso #32:57
2-27Luca Forcucci featuring Cara Stacey And Mpho MolikengE
Composed By, ProducerLuca Forcucci
2-28Tiago Correia-PauloEntre Tempos (Primeira Revolução)5:22
2-29Redha M*موجة هيرتزعلى الطريق الحارقة6:34
2-30Emeka OgbohOjuelegba 2.09:23
2-31Chantelle Grey*Devastating Side Effects5:50
2-32Ski CrimeCon(E)volution (Extract)12:16

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Alternate African Reality is a follow-up to several compilations I have published on Syrphe since 2007 (the first one, Beyond Ignorance And Borders included various artists from Africa and Asia), and even earlier on my defunct tape label in the 1990s (the last tape, Archives Humaines Vol. 1, was published in 1996 and included 25 artists from 25 countries, including non-Western ones : South Africa, Japan, Chile, Brazil).

Alternate African Reality could be seen as a drastic improvement of 30.2, a compilation released in 2012. The CD included nine artists from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Angola, Mauritius, South Africa, Réunion and Madagascar/France. But even if I was very happy with the result, I always thought I should do a deeper research, and another issue I faced was the fact that I didn’t manage to include any women in the project.

Travelling and touring throughout parts of Africa allowed me to meet many more artists than what I ever expected and pushed me to work on this new release.
This time, the end result reveals a more global compilation that could be compared to Uchronia, a compilation that includes 49 artists and bands from 32 Asian countries and the diaspora in the field of so called experimental music.
Alternate African Reality is nonetheless musically more diverse, including abstract but also beat-oriented music such as ambient, electronica, electroacoustic, noise, singeli, bass music, industrial hip hop, etc.

It includes 32 artists and bands from 24 African countries and the diaspora, and last but not least, 14 women are among those vibrant musicians and composers.

Of course the artists included on the compilation only represent a fraction of the African electronic music world, and the listeners should not believe that nothing exists outside of those countries.
Electronic, and, at a lower extend depending on where you look for, experimental music do exist in many other African countries.

I wish that this project will open some eyes and ears and also create more connections and networks.

You will find more information, contacts, biographies and a short essay in a PDF available with the whole compilation if you purchase the CDs or digital files.
Biographies, contacts and websites are also available on this page when you click on “info” next to each track.
You can also have a look at this database that contains more than 3000 references about African and Asian composers, musicians, labels, magazines and so on.

Mash (Tunisia)
Pö (France/Ghana)
[MONRHEA] + Ejuku (Kenya/Uganda)
Jako Maron (Réunion)
Robert Machiri (Zimbabwe)
Ujjaya (France/Madagascar)
Ibukun Sunday (Nigeria)
KMRU (Kenya)
Cobi van Tonder (South Africa)
Redha M (Algeria)
Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman (Belgium/Rwanda)
Shadwa Ali (Egypt)
Tiago Correia-Paulo (Mozambique)
Jacqueline George (Egypt)
AMET (Cameroon/Germany)
Hibotep (Ethiopia/Somalia)
Aragorn23 (South Africa)
The Age Of Heroes (South Sudan)
Beko The Storyteller (eSwatini)
Catu Diosis (Uganda)
Yao Bobby & Simon Grab (Togo/Switzerland)
Mario Swagga and DJ Silila (Tanzania)
AFALFL (Mauritania)
Rey Sapienz (DR Congo)
Ibaaku (Senegal)
Sukitoa o Namau (Morocco)
Victor Gama (Angola)
Luca Forcucci featuring Cara Stacey and Mpho Molikeng (Italy/Switzerland/South Africa/Lesotho)
C-drík (Belgium/DR Congo)
Emeka Obgoh (Nigeria)
Chantelle Gray (South Africa)
Ski Crime (South Africa)

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