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Global Roots: Erica McKoy with McKay Felt, Kwaku Asante, Komikamo, Awate, S. Fidelity and Amy Leon

First broadcast date: 2 March 2018

Weekly show presenting four hours of the best underground and global selections, this week hosted by presenter, writer and DJ Erica McKoy.

Erica is joined by illustrator McKay Felt, musician Kwaku Asante, producer and visual artist Komikamo, rapper Awate, poetical musician Amy Leon and beat maker S. Fidelity.

Photography Martin Eito.

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Komikamo

Komikamo is a London-based music producer and visual artist whose vibrant style blends electronic hip-hop with jazz and rock-inspired instrumentation. Having made his first solid venture into music in 2016 with his EP Noise, he looks to continue bridging the gap between his music and art inspirations this year.

Kwaku Asante

Kwaku Asante’s music, influenced by the timbres of gospel and soul, takes inspiration from characters such as Fred Hammond, D’Angelo and Robin Thicke. Kwaku describes his sound as a blend of jazz, soul and hip hop, and he regularly works with the likes of Mom Tudie, Jay Ez and Tom Misch.

McKay Felt

McKay Felt is a graduate from Camberwell College of Arts and a freelance illustrator, who has worked with Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Stones Throw Records (Knxwledge), Little Simz and others.

Awate

Awate, named as one of the seven most inspiring people in London by the Evening Standard, has written for the Guardian, toured with Lowkey and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica, Big Daddy Kane and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). Rapper and activist, the Camden native has just released a long-awaited debut LP, Happiness.

Amy Leon

Brooklyn based Amy Leon, is a musician, poet and member of the Nuyorican Slam Team. With a fusion of poetry and music, she powerfully transpires performances on social inequalities and celebrating love, race and femininity. Most recently, Leon has released her debut album Something Melancholy and two collections of poetry.

S. Fidelity

S. Fidelity is a Berlin based musician and beat maker. With his debut LP A Safe Place to be Naked on Jakarta Records, the Swiss born producer has lead his unique and driving sound to the London scene with lots of exciting forthcoming collaborations.

Tracklist

Nat Birchall – Man From Varanasi [Jazzman Records]
Sekrit – The Traveller [Unreleased]
idntrmmbr. – Hummingbird [White Label]
Unknown Artist – Unknown [White Label]
Kwaku Asante – Pause [White Label]
Kwaku Asante – 4 U [White Label]
Iman Omari feat. Quelle Chris – So Real [Vibe Music Collective]
Tom Misch & Kwaku Asante – Way Your Moving [Unreleased]
Neue Grafik – To Peckham Rye [Rhythm Section]
Silhouette Brown – Strawberries In Vinegar [2000Black]
Shabaka & The Ancestors – Joyous [Brownswood]
The Expansions – Ivory Mountain [Alberts Favourites]
Joe Armon Jones Feat. Asheber – Starting Today [Brownswood]
Strata Gemma – Rebelious Spirit Of… [Fly By Night Music]
God.Damn.Chan – Syrup bath [Alpha Pup]
Poppy Ajudha – Tepid Soul [White Label]
Janelle Monae – Django Jane [White Label]
Shea Face Feat. SoSoon – Konkrete Big Apple [Ramrock Red Records]
GOD.Damn.Chan – sUpa Ugly [Alpha Pup]
Nicotine’s Famous Honey – An Open Letter: The Introduction [White Label]
Kieron Boothe Feat. Devante Vaughan & Giorgia Lo – 16 A Day [White Label]
WATERS – Bluestaeb – Soldier [White Label]
Scallop Hotel – Trumpet Sound [White Label]

Komikamo Live //

Komikamo – Jawbreaker
Komikamo – Bodies
Komikamo – Camomile
Komikamo – Restless
Komikamo – Earth
Komikamo – Calypso

Awate Live //

Awate – Jewels
Awate – The Ghetto
Awate – Fresh Product

Princess Nokia – Saggy Denim [White Label]

S.Fidelity Live //

JMist – Ocean Wisdom (Mundell Edit) [White Label]
Scallop Hotel – Unknown [White Label]
808INK – Come Down [Island Records]

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