Complex Sessions 059: Jeremiah Asiamah (Afro-Tech, Afro-House, House Music)


Having cut his teeth on Reprezent Radio, as have so many of the UK’s top breeders and radio hosts, DJ / presenter Jeremiah Asiamah is now soaring on BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra, showcasing the latest and greatest dancehalls, Afrobeats, Afroswing, Amapiano and anything else specially designed to shake a giant sound system to its heart.

One of his first big-name supporters was fellow BBC coach and soundsystem enthusiast Toddla T, and in a poetic twist the two have recently ended up collaborating together in the studio. It ended up becoming “Shaker,” a bumpy noisemaker that was the perfect soundtrack to the intense heat wave we’ve had this summer. Playing to the dancehall sound of the cut and the two producers’ mutual appreciation for island culture, they brought in Sweetie Irie, Stefflon Don and next-gen hit-maker S1mba to share the mic duties. It was the latest in a string of hits for Asiamah, who has been releasing carnival-ready firecrackers for a few years now, and there are undoubtedly plenty more where it came from.

Away from the DJ booth and recording studio, he also built his own series of parties called We’re friends. The theme, he tells us, is dance music of all nuances and flavors, so expect an all-out approach to queues and selections. The next party, which is set to take over Orange Yard in London on November 25, will focus on Afro-tech with Sun-El Musician, Juls, Robin M, Ado and Golden Lady on the program.

Before that, we called on the multi-talented producer, DJ and promoter to step up to Complex sessions with some “afro-tech, tribal and carnival rhythms”. Hit play below and enjoy it.

Tell us a bit about your selections in this mix.

Well, I opted for a live one take mix, inspired by the DJing of a sunrise set in Ibiza! Inspired by the afro-tech, tribal and carnival-infused rhythms of the carnival, I realized that this style of music is a representation of me, my roots as a Ghanaian, my love for dance music and my cultural influences. neighboring countries.

What was the track that you absolutely had to include?

Whitney Houston’s acapella “It’s not good, but it’s okay”. I just feel like there is something special about playing acapella which really shows how amazing the singer is and how punchy the lyrics are. Plus, Whitney Houston is by far my favorite singer of all time. I can feel everything she says.

Tracks that narrowly missed the cut?

Kasango from South Africa has this beautiful new record [with Zakes Bantwini], “Osama”. I discovered it a few weeks ago, and it was above all the voice for me that made me fall in love. The journey the song takes you on is divine! If I was live I knew I could’ve cast one more

What’s the first single or album you bought?

Outkast Speakerboxxx / Love below album. It was a gift from my uncle in America for my birthday. Before that, I had never heard of Outkast until this day, but this album completely changed my perspective on music and OUTKAST! I’m so glad it’s this album because it was special.

What was the last physical drive you purchased?

Michael jackson On the wall vinyl. Musically, I think Micheal Jackson is the greatest musician of all time (I know, questionable). I love his tone, his performance. I’m disgusted that I’ve never seen him live, but the vibrations of his music bring such a breath of fresh air.

What do you want to see happen musically over the next 12 months?

I have some really exciting music in the works, and I just kicked off my brand new party called “We Are Friends” which aims to bring people together through dance and electronic music. The dream is to bring this party to the biggest stages and venues around the world and continue to make an impact on lives with my new Saturday night show on Radio 1.

What trend or scene absolutely must die right now?

The EASY diplomatic response is people with bad vibes and jealousy. I think there is so much negativity in the world, why should we allow jealousy and bad vibes to enter our environment? One thing I have learned in life is just God, keep your heart and your vibrations righteous and good things will happen.

List of tracks

1. Caiiro – Drummotions (Mike Dunn’s Mix of Movements)
2. Daniel Rateuke – Uzuri
3. KVRVBO – In the jungle
4. Joe Smooth – Promised Land (Kiko Franco Remix)
5. Milo S – Our teacher
6. Michael Jackson – Thriller (Afro-House Edit)
7. Toddla T x Jeremiah Asiamah x Sweetie Irie f / Steff London & S1mba – Shaker (Acapella)
8. Mele – Groove La Afrika (Original Mix)
9. Jeremiah Asiamah – Bring it
10. J̩r̩mie Asiamah РGet off
11. Mòo & Jo, Demeya & ARKADYAN – Desperado f / Eribertho Cruzado (Vocal mixing)
12. Cristian Vinci, PAUZA – Sonido De Calle (Original mix)
13. John Revox – See On Your Way (Extended Mix)
14. Da Africa Deep – Perio
15. Whitney Houston – It’s not good but it’s okay (Acapella)


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