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Mixed Feelings | Café Ballou

A special guest-mix series where DJs are invited to create a soundtrack for tomorrow's days. Next up: Amsterdam-based musical globetrotter Café Ballou.

Every Mixed Feelings podcast is accompanied by a few questions that provide a little insight into the DJ and the mix they've prepared for us and for you.

Which feelings do we find bottled in this mix?

For me, this mix conveys a combination of feeling ready for a departure, while at the same time longing for the things that lie ahead and reflecting on the things that lie in the past.

What message does the music you play convey?

African music, as much as the continent itself, is incredibly diverse and colorful. This mix showcases the differences to traditional western music, but also its similarities.

How is the mix reflecting your current music taste?

Traditional African rhythms and melodies have always fascinated me. In this mix, these rhythms and melodies are (often) applied to more Western styles of music, such as Jazz and Funk. For me, there's nothing more interesting than the interplay between different influences combined with a good splash of creativity.

Who should release a new album/EP already?

There's still so much amazing music that's already been released out there that is just waiting for me to be discovered. As they say, the future of music happened decades ago.

What's magical about music?

Its power to teleport you to places effortlessly.

What is your main source for finding new music?


If the mix would be a soundtrack, what (kind of) movie/video/audio-visual content would support it best?

A travel documentary from the '70s.



  1. Edja Kungali - Jungle Dance (France, 1972)

  2. Wali & The Afro Caravan - Hail The King (USA, 1970)

  3. Super Biton de Segou - Niénema Miné (Mali, 1986)

  4. Globemasters Dance Band - Ananom Esia (Ghana, 1963)

  5. Gboyega Adelaja - Agberede (Nigeria, 1979)

  6. Menelik Wèsnatchèw - Tezeta (Ethiopia, 1971)

  7. Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band - Neveen (Egypt, 1973)

  8. Idrissa Soumaoro - Mon Coeur (Mali. 1969)

  9. Sami Kamara and his Black Diamonds - Mina Stranger (Sierra Leone, 1966)

  10. Dr. K. Gyasi & His Noble Kings - Krokrohinko (Ghana, 1975)

  11. Daniel Kamau - Nana (Kenya, 1977)

  12. Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya - Ewa (Nigeria, 1982)

  13. Walias Band - Eyuwat Sitnafikagn (Ethiopia, 1981)

  14. Orchestre Régional de Kayes - Sanjina (Mali, 1970)

  15. Volta Jazz - Djougou Malola (Burkina Faso, 1970's)

  16. The Jazz Epistles - Yardbird Suite (South Africa, 1960's)

  17. West African Cosmos - Afro Digè (France, 1976)


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