Virtual Challenge Playlist
Curated international music from IVUmed program site countries to accompany your run, walk, hike, bike challenge miles.
2021 Run for IVU Virtual Challenge
Spotify Playlist Week 3
- Plan B? (What Plan?) – by Reggie Rockstone (Ghana)
Reggie Rockstone the “Godfather of Hiplife” is a Ghanaian rapper who pioneered the Hip-Life movement in 1994. He raps in Akan Twi and English. In 2004, Rockstone won the Kora Award for the best African video and he performed in front of a 50,000-person crowd in Ghana, together with Shaggy. In 2006 he recorded a track with the Jamaican Dancehall singer Beenie Man called “Chukku Chakka” (in reference to Rockstone’s 1999 hit “Eye Mo De Anaa”, which sampled Fela Kuti.
- Agatha – by Nana Kwame Ampadu (Ghana)
Nana Kwame Ampadu is a Ghanaian musician credited with numerous popular highlife tracks and he is known to have composed over 800 songs. Ampadu’s “African Brothers Band” was formed in 1963. He came to prominence in 1967 when he released his song Ebi Te Yie (or “Some Are Well Seated”), a song that was seen as potentially critical of the then-governing National Liberation Council and disappeared from the airwaves, only returning after the end of military rule. In 1973 he won a nationwide competition in Ghana to be crowned the Odwontofoohene, or “Singer-in-Chief”.His musical career has also involved him in electoral politics, including composing a song for Jerry Rawlings’s National Democratic Congress party to use in the 1992 election campaign.
- Nfunda N’omubi– by Joanita Kawalya and Afrigo Band (Uganda)
Joanita Kawalya is a Ugandan musician and activist. She is a member of the Afrigo Band,, the longest-lasting musical band in Uganda, which has been in continuous existence since 1975. Kawalya started singing at an early age. She went on to sing in choir in school. She joined Afrigo Band in 1986 when she was nineteen-year-old, replacing her sister, Margaret, also a vocalist who was leaving for Germany. She has served as a community advisory member on the National Aids project, the Walter Reed project and the Makerere Johns Hopkins joint project. She has also been involved in grass root campaigns for HIV/AIDS and her face is now recognizable as one of the facilitators for the Nabagereka’s annual cultural fete, the Kisakaate. Kawalya is also involved in mentorship of talent.
- Mariama – by Fangool (Senegal)
Drawn from rare and unheard recordings made in Dakar’s fertile 1960s – 1970s period, the band touches on the sounds of high life, funk, and mbalax a healthy dose of US soul. The music of Senegal in this era was electrified and funky, with strong Reggae influences. Typical of African popular music in the ‘70s, complex beats and multiple layers of guitars, vocals and horns are heard throughout. Fangool’s deep, rich voice rises in melancholy arcs over a slow funk rhythm, pulsing keyboards and guitars, and playful congas.
- Ariyo – by Dieuf-Dieul De Thies (Senegal)
DIEUF-DIEUL de Thiès was formed in 1979 in the city of Thiès in Senegal, from members of the OUZA et Ses Ouzettes. In a very short period of time they gained a big audience in Thiès, playing both at the Gorom and the Gandiol club. During those days the group matured, it became bigger and reached a high performance standard. Their music is composed of traditional rhythms from all the regions of Senegal, with fuzz guitars, horn sections and hallucinatory percussion. The result was an explosive mixture of an Electric Psychedelic sound a crossover AFRO-MANDING and AFRO-JAZZ.
- Running –by Blackfoot (Zambia)
Prominent in the Zamrock music scene in the 1970s and 1980s, Blackfoot is from From the city of Ndola. The band was originally formed in Kitwe under the name Holando Boys and initially specialised in bubblegum pop before turning to Zamrock.
- Tuzagera – by Jean Paul Samputu (Rwanda)
Jean-Paul Samputu is a singer, songwriter, and musician from Rwanda. He has established himself as one of the most prominent African artists on the world stage. A winner of the prestigious Kora Award (the “African Grammy”) in 2003, Samputu travels the world as a cultural ambassador for Rwanda, bringing to his audiences not only traditional African singing, dancing, and drumming, but also a message of peace and reconciliation. A survivor of the genocide in Rwanda, Samputu takes us to the most positive place of humanity through his spirit and graciousness.
- 2020 – by 19 th (Burundi)
19th is a rapper from Bujumbura, Burundi who produces his own music. He began his music career at age 14 for fun and to impress his friends. By age 17 he had turned his bedroom into a music studio to create his own sound. He remixed a cali swag district song called ” Teach Me How To Dougie” in Kirundi which was a huge hit.
- Mudzimai – by Simon Chimbetu (Zimbabwe)
Simon Chimbetu was a Zimbabwean guitarist, vocalist and composer. He was the founding member of his band Orchestra Dendera Kings. He was known by many stage names, including “Chopper, “Mr Viscose” “Cellular”, “Simomo” and “Mukoma Sam.” During the Rhodesian Bush War, Chimbetu went to Tanzania to join the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), which employed him as an entertainer for its guerrillas in exile. What also distinguished Simon from many other sungura/museve artists at this time and throughout his career was that his music focused on contemporary social and political topics.
- Mugove – by Leonard Zhakata (Zimbabwe)
Leonard “Karikoga” Zhakata is a Zimbabwean musician and singer. He writes and sings mainly in his native Shona tongue. Zhakata, who adorns trademark glittering outfits, is best known for his hits Hupenyu Mutoro, Batai Mazwi and “Gomba Remarara”. However, it was his 1994 smash hit Mugove, from the album Maruva Enyika, which evaded government censorship and propelled him to national stardom. In 1994 at the age of 26, he became the youngest Zimbabwean musician to sell more than 100,000 copies of an album. In 2006, Zhakata spoke out about the government and asked for the radio waves to be freed to allow Zimbabweans to operate radio stations. Some of his music is blacklisted by the government and banned on state radio due to perceived political statements.
- OOpnnhxeepee – by Roockie, Man on the Moon (Mongolia)
Part of the exploding Hip-Hop / EDM scene in Mongolia, Roocki and Man on the Moon, is part of a group of young musicians that is changing the landscape of music in Mongolia. Hip hop has now become so big in Mongolia, that politicians sometimes even try to buy up rappers to bolster their political campaigns.
- Chimii Nudeer – by Vandebo, Anir (Mongolia)
Vandebo is a Mongolian hip hop duo from Darkhan, Mongolia. The band is formed by two friends, Vande and Ebo. In December 2018, the band released their debut album “Munkhud21”. After their album release, the band struggled for their second album. In June, 2019 Vandebo released their hit single “Unana” featuring with Enerel, Belucci.
- Mongolian Music – by Asian Traditional Music (Mongolia)
Traditional music from Mongolia. The YATGA or YATUGA is a string instrument that is plucked and has a smooth sound, often referred to as a Mongolian zither.
- Sun Sea – by Steji, Ngo Kein (Vietnam)
Ngo Kien is one of Vietnam’s DJ’s who has always been one step ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to music. Ngo Kien represents the new generation of Vietnam: a growing population of youths with a vested interest in western culture. This has translated into a burgeoning dance music scene that Ngo Kien has been helping shape since the early days.
- Sweet Music – by Lord Shorty (Trinidad)
Lord Shorty also known as Ras Shorty, Father of Soca, and The Love Man was a Trinidadian calypsonian and soca musician. A prolific musician, composer and innovator, Shorty experimented with fusing calypso and the other Indian-inspired music, including chutney music, for nearly a decade before unleashing “the soul of calypso,”…soca music. Shorty was the first to really define his music and with “Indrani” in 1973 and “Endless Vibrations.”
- Whiplash – by Theophhilus London, Tame Impala (Trinidad)
Trinidadian-born American rapper and singer. From buzzy new rapper in the late 2000s and early 2010s to Kanye West collaborator to proto-fashion influencer, he’s been an influential figure since he first emerged out of downtown New York’s art and music scene. This is a collaboration with Australian performer Tame Impala (aka Kevin Parker).
- The Harder They Come – by Jimmy Cliff (Jamaica)
Jimmy Cliff, is a Jamaican ska, rocksteady, reggae and soul musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and actor. He is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences. Cliff sought out many producers while still going to school, trying to get his songs recorded without success. He also entered talent contests. In 1972, Cliff starred as Ivanhoe “Ivan” Martin in the classic reggae film, The Harder They Come. As the film tells Martin’s story, he is a young man without funds. Arriving in Kingston from the country, he tries to make it in the recording business, but without success. Eventually, he turns to a life of crime. The soundtrack album of the film was a huge success that sold well across the world, bringing reggae to an international audience for the first time. It remains one of the most internationally significant films to have come out of Jamaica since independence.
- Poun Paciance – by Orchestre Tropicana D’Haiti (Haiti)
The Tropicana Orchestra of Haiti is a musical group from Cap-Haitien, Haiti formed in the 1960s. At that time, French music and Latin music were very popular in Haiti. Seven years after its formation, in 1970, the Tropicana Orchestra of Haiti produced its first record under the command of maestro Emmanuel Turenne.
- Superfly – by Anish Sood, Nanok, Anushka Manchanda (India)
Anish Sood is an Indian music producer, songwriter and DJ from Goa, India. His father and uncle are guitar players and he started collecting cassettes and CDs at the age of 9. He started DJing in high school at the age of 15, gained popularity for the college parties he organized and performed at. He quickly moved on to playing local nightclubs in Goa and soon exploded on to the Indian dance music scene in 2010 with regular nightclub and festival appearances. He has performed alongside artists such as David Guetta, Kygo, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Kshmr and Afrojack.
- Prefiero Ser Animal – by Polache (Honduras)
Polache is a Honduran musician and soccer player. He has released four albums. Polache cares about being authentic with melodies that reflect the daily life of Honduras. He likes to write about love, peace, war, football, corruption, women and he tries to highlight the Honduran culture in his songs. He played soccer for Deportes Savio in the Liga Nacional de Ascenso de Honduras and wrote a song dedicated to the team. He also wrote a song for the Honduras national soccer team for the 2014 World Cup. He was briefly banned in the country following the 2009 Honduran coup d’état for performing with Manuel Zelaya, who was later overthrown.