Listen & Download: Elijah Wood’s ‘Africa In Your Earbuds’ Mixtape for OkayAfrica

Elijah Wood's 'Africa In Your Earbuds Mixtape' for OkayAfrica

Elijah Wood’s ‘Africa In Your Earbuds Mixtape’ for OkayAfrica / Cover Artwork by Underdog

Actor Elijah Wood offers up a stellar Ghanaian-influenced mix for OkayAfrica‘s 50th installment of its Africa In Your Earbuds music series.

Apparently, the Lord of the Rings star has been DJing for a while, playing everything from “old soul and funk records, to international pysch music from Brazil and France.”

Launching his own label Simian Records back in 2005, Elijah has also been spotted record digging for vintage African vinyl at East Village spots like Good Records and Tropicalia In Furs.

His Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape is filled with sounds from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Benin. Take a listen and download it below.

“I wanted to focus primarily on the original Nigerian and Ghanian records I’ve acquired (thank you Good Records, NYC) So many incredible African records are being reissued right now (!!) but it’s increasingly difficult to find original vinyl in good condition. This represents some of what I’ve found. (thanks to Zach Cowie and Jake Viator)”

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  1. Afro Express “Lahilah Ill-Allahu” [Nigeria (?)]
  2. K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas “Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu” [Ghana]
  3. Osakpamwan Ohenhen and His Feelings “Owman Ghe Ma Wme Ye Wmen” [Nigeria]
  4. Cos-Ber-Zam “Né Noya” [Togo]
  5. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes “Ekassa 28 (Ebibi)” [Nigeria]
  6. Thierry Boco “Divorce De Cecilia” [Benin]
  7. Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies “Baby Let Me Go” [Nigeria]
  8. Bella Bellow “O Segne” [Togo]
  9. Sonny Okosun “Ozzidi” “Steady & Slow” [Nigeria]
  10. Victory Uwaifo “Destiny” [Nigeria]