Collage artist Anna Bu Kliewer gives us her playlist of the month

Anna Bu Kliewer’s Playlist of the Month

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Collage artist Anna Bu Kliewer gives us her playlist of the month

Normally, each month we ask one of our artists to tell us about the ten tracks they’ve been listening to most often recently. This month we asked collage artist Anna Bu Kliewer and she got so carried away with her enthusiasm for the music she loves, that she came back with 40 tracks.

Perhaps you’ll understand her enthusiasm when you listen to her choices, which reveal a love for music from the African continent and beyond – from Malian folk to Ethiopian jazz, Ghanaian hip-hop to Nigerian Disco – that she discovered during four years living in South Africa.

Anna offers her take on ten of her choices on this page, and you can listen to Anna’s full 40-strong Spotify playlist, in no particular order, here.

Hailu Mergia – Yefikir Engurguro

Good for a Sunday morning. I really like Ethiopian jazz.

Mulatu Astatke – Tezeta (Nostalgia)

I love this song so much, just makes me smile each time. Named a collage after it in my last exhibition also. Mulatu is an Ethiopian musician.

Dur-Dur Band – Garsore Waa Ilaah

There might have been a day where I listened to this song on repeat for 3 hours. Dur-Dur Band is from Mogadishu, Somalia.

Mavis John – Use My Body

This is a good wedding song and I’m very into wedding music if that is a genre? Mavis John is from Trinidad & Tobago.

Nahawa Doumbia – Kungo Sogoni

I’m a big fan of Nahawa. This one is just good for waking up. She is from Mali.

Volta Jazz – Djougou Toro

Volta Jazz, a 60s/70s band from Burkina Faso. I love the rawness of this song.  

Dele Sosimi, Bopperson – I Don’t Care – Bopperson Remix

Heard this for the first in December when I was in Paris. Been on most of my playlists since. Dele Sosimi is British Nigerian.

Free Youth – We Can Move

This is a good leaving-the-house-walking-somewhere song. Free Youth is a fun Ghanaian band from the 80s.

Ali Farka Touré, Nitin Sawhney – Inchana Massina – Remastered

Ali Farke Touré is from Timbuktu, Mali. I play all of his albums on vinyl and just sit. I love his music.

Amanaz – Khala My Friend

A Zambian band that was shown to me by my friend Xander last year.