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We’re continuing to brighten up your non-normal weekends by delivering a slice of Africa Oyé direct to your ears, in partnership with Melodic Distraction Radio. For the past three months we’ve had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive weekly live mix for you, a dose of that trademark Oyé vibe. We’ll continue to bring you these mixes over the summer, as there’s nothing that feels quite like an Oyé-soundtracked afternoon in the park. Recorded at Africa Oyé 2019, each mix is part of a series of DJ sessions from the Trenchtown and Freetown stages, where the sounds of Afro-centric music are pumped out non-stop to keep the groove riding high in Sefton Park.

Our latest mix is the 12th in this series, and it’s from the hosts themselves, Melodic Distraction. As well as running the fabulously creative community radio station throughout the week, the MDR team also look after the Freetown and Trenchtown DJ stages at Oyé. Two of the team’s selectors, Aitman and Zaremba, found the time between their duties to play an hour of Malian soul and Nigerian funk to get the party moving. This is a mix of fun, lighthearted party-starting tunes that kept that rain at bay during their Saturday set at Oyé in 2019, featuring tunes from Rob, Senyaka and Ikenga Super Stars Of Africa, among others.

Though the weather isn’t classic Oyé this weekend, you can still channel some of that feeling by turning this playlist up nice and high!


Imagine you’re stood in Sefton Park right now, with the sun beating down on you, and that famous Oyé vibe all around. Turn this mix up nice and high and you’ll practically be able to feel it.



Mix 1 – Emily Dust // Mix 2 – Dharma Collective + Dash // Mix 3 – Giovanna // Mix 4 – Thom White // Mix 5 – DJ Scratchy // Mix 6 – Keith Marley // Mix 7 – DJ Holmesy // Mix 8 – Jess Gascoigne // Mix 9 – Hustle & Zacharia Soul // Mix 10 – Richie Vegas // Mix 11 – Subcora

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