Artist manager and music supervisor Eileen O’Neill guests curates an exclusive playlist for Elixr, featuring Bombino, Knxledge, LADAMA, and Yusef Kamaal.

Since 2008, Eileen has been on the small, Brooklyn-based Modiba team managing a gem-studded roster of international artists loosely operating under the umbrella of ‘world music.’ From Malian Vieux Farka Touré to Nigerien desert rocker and Dan Auerbach collaborator Bombino, Modiba acts as a label and management company connecting these eclectic, diverse artists to the world. Eileen also spearheads the company’s music supervision and licensing arm, placing music from Modiba and off-roster artists in film, television, commercials, and more.

“It feels pretty serene here in Brooklyn post-holidays,” Eileen says, “I was thinking about all the cities where these tracks were recorded and the vibe in each at the start of a new year. So this is that:

Kind of a shared, optimistic hum in the dark.”

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Muzi — “Chocolate Dreams”

Was sent his album that drops in 2018 by a colleague (be on the look out for it — SO GOOD!) and came upon this addictive single that’s already out.

Bombino — “Zigzan”

This is probably my favorite Bombino track to date. We’ve been working with Bombino since 2011 and this one’s off an album produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and feels like being in the Sahara at night.

Tom Tripp — “Aurelia”

London-based Tom Tripp is amazing and RED was a favorite release of the last year. Constantly can’t wait to see what’s next from him.

Dur-Dur Band — “Dooyo”

Stellar Somali band that emerged in the 80’s who are now mostly retired living in Ohio. This lo-fi recording they did at Radio Mogadishu (the state-run broadcaster at the time) serves her voice so well.

Knxwledge — “kometostai.aintreallynootherwaytoputitro”

A quick interlude from Knxwledge. If you also enjoy beats made with interesting samples, he’s one of the best contemporaries to do it.

Miguel — “Pineapple Skies”

Some optimism to start off 2018 from his new album. Super refreshing.

LADAMA — “Elo”

We started working with this group last year as they released their debut self-titled album starting off with the first single premiering on The Fader. The band is comprised of 4 women from 4 different countries — Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and the US. This one is written by Brazilian drummer Lara Klaus.

Mura Masa — “Who Is It Gonna B (feat. AK Paul)”

Two favorite producers combined on this track from an album I listened to a lot of in early 2017.

Bonobo — “Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa)”

This track is up for Best Dance Recording and I hope they land it. Innov Gnawa from Morocco and now Brooklyn are led by master musician (aka a “maalem”) Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer and collaborated with Bonobo on this one which comes with a cool video.

Yussef Kamaal — “Strings of Light”

Jazz pair from London with minimal formal training but plenty of talent. Very much hoping to catch them live someday soon.

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