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Francis Mercier posing in front of the sea in a white t-shirt

The Afro house movement has blown up far beyond its continent of origin, and Francis Mercier is on a mission to bring its sounds to an even vaster audience. Alongside his On Cue mix, Megan Venzin meets the Haitian DJ and producer in Miami to learn more about how his Deep Root Tribe imprint is shining a light on the genre, and what its growth means for the label boss himself

The skies are finally clear. Hell yeah! A break in stormy weather means it’s time to join an enthusiastic crowd at Toejam Backlot, where one...

Kitty Amor launches Defected imprint, Mahaba, with new single, ‘Solitude’: Listen

"Spreading the message of love and care, Mahaba is a label that desires to sonically connect the world", the UK Afro house tastemaker said of the new sub-label's aims

Kitty Amor is launching a new label in the Defected Records family called Mahaba. Listen to a preview of the inaugural release, 'Solitude', by Kitty...

Photo of AMÉMÉ sitting with his hands held together in a prayer-like manner, wearing dark shades and an orange and off-white patterned vest and black t-shirt

Afro house is one of dance music’s hottest offerings, and West African artists like Benin-born AMÉMÉ are helping to proliferate the global movement. Megan Venzin links up with him on Ibiza to learn more about his life and what’s coming next for his One Tribe music and events platform

It’s after dark in Ibiza, and AMÉMÉ’s still flying high — literally. We should be sitting down for dinner right about now, but plans change...

Black and white photo of DJ IC in a black coat and scarf against a white background

London’s DJ IC returns with three cuts of emotive, soulful Afro House

DJ IC has a new EP on the way via his own All Shades of The Drum Recordings label. Listen to the title track, ‘My...

New documentary, Who’s Kitty Amor, charts Afro house breakthrough's story so far: Watch

"I am honoured to share my story for those to truly know who Kitty Amor is," said the South London trailblazer

A new documentary explores the life and musical journey of Afro house DJ Kitty Amor. Sub-titled A Story About Identity and Expression, Who's Kitty Amor...

Da Capo releases new EP, ‘Bakone’: Listen

The South African Afro house mainstay's latest five-track offering features Batundi, Nana Attah, Lokau Kanza and Da Africa Deep

Afro house mainstay Da Capo's latest EP is called 'Bakone'. Listen to it below. The title of the South African producer's new five-track offering means...

Black and white photo of DJ IC winking and pointing with two hands at the camera, standing in front of a selection of artwork from his Selections

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, London's DJ IC spotlights ten Afro house and tech essentials 

From his early years spent spinning jungle, garage and grime as part of the Aylesbury Allstars crew, to his legendary status in the UK Afro...

Boddhi Satva wearing a robe, photographed with his arms folded on a dark backdrop under a purple light

Longstanding Afro house artist Boddhi Satva is devoted to authenticity, and has spent years developing a personal style that is inseparable from his roots in the Central African Republic. Alongside a mix demonstrating his ancestral soul sound, he speaks to Ria Hylton about his life in music, and the importance of staying true to his creative instincts

When DJ Mag calls up Boddhi Satva on a Friday afternoon at his home in Lisbon, the conversation quickly turns to the history of Afro...

Premiere: Blanka Mazimela ‘Lelle’

Blanka Mazimela returns to DJ Shimza’s Kunye label with two cuts of anthemic, peak-time Afro house, with a remix from David Mayer

Blanka Mazimela has released a new EP, ‘Kare Kare’, via DJ Shimza’s Kunye label. Listen below. Following releases on Get Physical music and MoBlack Records...

Compilation of the Month: Aluku Records Various Compilation SA Edition Pt. 3.1 (B-Side)

South Africa’s Aluku Records looks to the future of Afro house on its latest compilation

It’s been a big couple of years for South African dance music. Genres like gqom and amapiano have grown from townships into global juggernauts. Afro...

Thakzin debuts on Sondela Recordings with ‘The Magnificent Dance’: Listen

It’s the first in a series of singles from the South African artist for the label

Thakzin has released a new track, ‘The Magnificent Dance. Check it out below. Out now through Defected’s Sondela Recordings, the track marks the first release...

The Sound Of: MoBlack Records

After being immersed in the Afro house scene during a decade living in Ghana, Mimmo Falcone launched MoBlack Records to help promote the sound internationally. Nearly 10 years and over 500 releases later, the label is a crucial outpost for the sound.  Alongside a mix from its catalogue, Kitty Amor learns the label’s story

Hailing from Naples, Mimmi Falcone now known as the artist MoBlack — had a desire to share his passion for music and become a DJ...

On Cue: DJ IC

DJ IC demonstrates Afro house mastery for the On Cue mix series, and speaks to Tice Cin about his evolution through London’s club scene, growing up on the Aylesbury Estate, celebrating togetherness, and championing young talent

London artist DJ IC’s productions brim with lessons learned from his deep engagement with Black British music throughout his life and career. When you hear...

Defected’s Sondela imprint announces Ibiza’s first Afro house residency at Bora Bora

 Line-ups are still under wraps, but expect key figures from the London Afro house scene like Kitty Amor

Ibiza is getting its first Afro house residency, helmed by Defected's Sondela label at beach club Bora Bora. Label heads Sef Kombo and Louie Dunmore...

Album of the Month: Boddhi Satva ‘Manifestation’

Boddhi Satva’s latest album is a 31-track, three-hour tour de force that continues his career-long endeavour to connect the African continent through club music

There are few like Boddhi Satva. An ambassador of the most soulful side of African electronic music, the producer, DJ and music mogul has made...

Tribal Brothers

LR Groove and Razzlerman merge the sounds of UK funky, amapiano and Afro-house across four cuts of "high-impact drum science"

Tribal Brothers have announced a new EP on Livity Sound, 'Formation'. The release marks a return to the celebrated UK imprint for the London club...

Inside the UK Afro house renaissance

The Afro house sound is an ever-growing presence in UK dance music, with new labels, club-nights and a dedicated radio station springing up. Alongside a mix from Mr Silk, Ria Hylton explores the sound’s history, and speaks to some of the scene’s key players about forging strong connections with their growing audiences, and their aim to nurture a unique UK Afro house identity

Afro house is steeped in the percussive materials of South Africa’s townships. For decades, its polyrhythms played out on traditional African instruments — bongos, congas...

Sef Kombo & Kitty Amor

The London Afro house DJs takeover DJ Mag HQ from 17:00 (GMT)

This Friday (11th February) we welcome Sef Kombo and Kitty Amor to DJ Mag HQ for a 60-minute livestream. The London DJs, known for their...

Los Angeles’ Yaw Appiah delivers deep, vibey Afro house on his new EP, ‘Nangu’. Hear the title track now

Los Angeles-based producer and DJ Yaw Appiah will release a new EP, ‘Nangu’, tomorrow. 

The emerging artist follows his recent ‘Before Transition’ release, which featured...

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their Bandcamp collections...

Jeremiah Asiamah is on a roll. The British-Ghanaian DJ, broadcaster and producer has risen through the ranks of UK radio in recent years, cutting his...