Photography: Mark McNulty

Even if the glorious British summer time isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain, you’ll probably be glad of this blast of familiarity. We’re continuing to brighten up your weekends by delivering a weekly slice of Africa Oyé direct to your ears, in partnership with Melodic Distraction Radio. Throughout this socially-distanced summer 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 coming weeks, as there’s nothing that says summer in Liverpool 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.

The 14th mix in this series is a timely one to be released on Mandela Day. This mix from STUART B is an hour of old-school South African Kwaito music, all taken from the decade after the fall of Apartheid. Kwaito is a brand of music that came out of Johannesburg in the early 90s, a variation on house music fused with African sounds and samples. As a trustee and long-term friend of Africa Oyé, Stuart Borthwick’s Afrocentric Saturday afternoon DJ sets have become a firm festival favourite. This set lit up the festivities right from the off on Saturday afternoon in 2019, with plenty of high energy grooves.

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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 // Mix 12 – Melodic Distraction // Mix 13 – Positive Vibration

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