Photography: Glyn Akroyd / @GlynAkroyd

We’re brightening up your isolation weekends by delivering a slice of Africa Oyé direct to your homes, in partnership with Melodic Distraction Radio. Each week we’ll have an exclusive live mix for you, a dose of that trademark Oyé vibe that you can enjoy over and over again. 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. All of the DJs who perform on the Trenchtown and Freetown stages keep the sounds of the African diaspora alive all year round, and they contribute massively to the festival’s addictive, insatiable vibe.

The fifth mix in this series is an absolute classic. DJ SCRATCHY chased the clouds away with this Trenchtown set on the Sunday of Oyé 2019, keeping things bouncing with some heavy roots reggae and ska hits. The Clash’s tour DJ, Londoner Scratchy is an ace “selectah” who has appeared at clubs and festivals across the world. Cuts from Horace Andy, Big Youth and Jimmy Cliff will help you recreate the Oyé vibe in your own house or garden while the sun beats down!


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

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