Weekly Chart – Black History Month

Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Nicolas Jaar edit)

Through her musical storytelling, legendary Nina Simone became known as the voice of the civil rights movement, fighting for black justice throughout the 1960s. Notorious for his experimental recordings with worldwide influences and sounds, Nicolas Jaar has reworked this Simone classic into a funky, upbeat dance track.

Maalem Mahmoud Guinia & Floating Points – Mimoun Marhaba

Styled ‘master’ of traditional North-West African sound, Maalem Mahmoud Guinia joined Floating Points for a one-off collaboration recorded in Guinia’s hometown of Marrakech. His distinct vocals and looping percussion add a soulful, subtle twist to the characteristic Floating Points sound we’re used to.

Ella Fitzgerald – Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles remix)

With a popular appeal extending beyond the borders of jazz, Lady Ella was the first African American to win a Grammy Award in 1958. Beyond her debut album, Maya Jane Coles is known for her many remixes, and transforms this track into a dulcet night time vibe, with Ella’s silky smooth vocals laced throughout.

Gramatik – Hit That Jive

Asian African American jazz pianist, Nat“King”Cole fought racism all his life. Instrumental hip-hop and electronic artist Gramatik has sampled elements of this swing classic into a freaky fresh and fun track.

Fela Kuti – Roforofo Fight (Auntie Flo remix)

Pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and human rights activist, Fela Kuti was arrested and beaten over 200 times due to his political lyrics questioning the Nigerian government. Consistent to those hypnotic groove sounds, Auntie Flo has reworked this iconic Kuti tune into a modern, hip swinging jam.

William Onyeabor – Fantastic Man

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Photo credits: Righteous Vibes

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