Managing My Mental Fitness
To recognise 2022’s Mental Health Awareness Month, we asked valued community member and friend Eddington, to discuss their approach to protecting their mental energy.
Influential Moments in Dance Music’s Black History
As part of Black History Month in the United States, B.A.D. revisit three key moments in U.S. history that were monumental to the evolution of Dance music as we know it. DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT Disco, the soundtrack of the 70s, was so popular that disco albums dominated the Grammy Awards by 1978. The popularity of […]
January Picks with Makossiri
For this month’s B.A.D. Picks, we’re joined by Kampala-based electronic producer and DJ Makossiri. With a fearless, often DIY approach, Makossiri’s musical style is steeped in a wide range of influences; from experimental and industrial to psy-trance and sounds inspired by Afro-Futurism and mythology. Her debut EP ‘Juicy Juicy‘ with Nyege Nyege Tapes sublabel Hakuna […]
B.A.D. Staff Highlights of 2021
The team behind Black Artist Database reflect on some of their favourite tracks, albums, articles, mixes, performances and more of the past year. Niks Mix – rRoxymore for Crack Magazine I was fortunate enough to have attended this event in November 2019 at Fabric. It was a Hessle Audio curation and on a Sunday (so […]
September Picks with Otik
New picks courtesy of an exhilarating DJ & producer playing our first party.
The Tender Sounds of Eddington Again
Tanya Akinola talks new music with an old acquaintance.
Grief and Healing Through Sound: The Deeply Personal World of Lauren Duffus’ SULK
An exciting newcomer shares thoughts on a truly honest debut.
THE BEAUTIFUL MELANCHOLY OF “MANHAMO’S SON: CHAPTER II”
THEBOYNAMEDSIMBA gives us insight on his sonic expression of a turbulent life on his latest project, “Manhamo’s Son: Chapter II”
ONE TO WATCH: LIFE LIVING RECORDS
James Acquaye Nortey-Glover takes a deep dive into one of the most exciting groups in drill music.
June Picks with Sarah Farina
For B.A.D.’s June Picks, we reached out to Berlin based DJ, producer and activist Sarah Farina to take us through her current favourite Bandcamp selections.
THE MUSIC OF THE REUNION ISLAND: MALOYA
Looking at the island through a musical lens, with Aleksand Saya.
TOYA DELAZY PRESENTS “AFRORAVE VOL.1”
East London based MC, Toya Delazy graces us with “Afrorave Vol. 1”.
THE YEAR OF PERFORMATIVE ALLYSHIP
Aisha Nanor Martin shares her experiences in this powerful piece.
MEET THE TEAM
Black Artist Database is comprised of a global team, with members spread across the U.K., Europe, Africa and Australia. Get acquainted with the core members pushing the platform forward.
BANDCAMP MAY PICKS: LUSAKA
We head to Lusaka for a variety of picks, fitting of the last Bandcamp Friday.
BLACK BANDCAMP APRIL PICKS: SOUTH AFRICA
April sees us take the temperature in South Africa with some leading creatives in the scene.
NAME ME MVNSA
MVNSA tells stories that reflect the many facets of himself on his striking debut EP, ‘Name Me Mansa’.
BLACK BANDCAMP MARCH PICKS: WASHINGTON DC
We link up with Washington’s finest for this month’s Bandcamp Day Picks.
BLACK BANDCAMP FEBRUARY PICKS: TANZANIA
February sees us turn to Tanzania to hear about what tunes the scene is feeling.
BUILDING A QUEER NATION: A RETROSPECTIVE
B.O.S.S.’ Deborah Findlater takes a deep dive into the seminal London party Queer Nation.
IDMAN IS HERE AND DOWN FOR IT
Canadian-Somali singer, songwriter, Idman makes an impressive debut with their first ever release, “Down For It”.
BLACK BANDCAMP DECEMBER PICKS: EUROPE
December’s Bandcamp Friday sees us reach out to some of our favourite DJs residing on the European continent. Have a look for some stellar music, all found on our Black Bandcamp database.
LIKE A MOTH TO A FLAME, RIVER MOON’S LIGHT
Crystal Mioner catches up with River Moon on her latest project, ‘LIKE A MOTH TO A FLAME’
III META: ALXNDR LONDON’S ASCENT TO SELF ACTUALIZATION
Alexndr London breaks down his newest EP.
MORGAN MUNROE IS PEELING BACK LAYERS OF HER ARTISTRY ON ‘LAYERS 0.5’
UK singer-songwriter Morgan Munroe makes a powerful debut with the release of her long awaited EP, “Layers 0.5”.
CHANNEL U & AGAINST ALL ODDS: IN CONVERSATION WITH NICO TYLER JAMES
To celebrate the return of legendary Channel U, we talk to Nico Tyler James, star of ‘Against All Odds’, premiering on the channel.
SPIRITUAL JAZZ AND AFRO DISCO BLEND ON PYRAMID PROJECTS’ “MANGROVES EP”
Lauryn Njeri sits down with The Pyramid Project to discuss their first release.
BETINA QUEST: ALWAYS EVOLVING
The German-Burundian Betina Quest dissects her album ‘room in a room’.
BLACK BANDCAMP NOVEMBER PICKS: NAARM
Bandcamp Friday sees us land in Naarm for some picks from the city’s creatives.
MILES FROM KINSHASA’S ‘BELOVED’ EP CONVEYS THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY
Staff writer Lauryn Njeri speaks to the Congolese artist.
BLACK BANDCAMP OCTOBER PICKS: NAIROBI
Check out some picks from our database, selected by Nairobi’s community.
BAKHITA REFLECTS ON HER MAGICAL EP ‘CHAMO MILE:PYE’
Lauryn discusses this self-released project with the Nairobi native.
LOVE IS BLUE: FINDING WARMTH IN AHYA SIMONE’S FROSTBITE
Fellow Detroit native Crystal Mioner breaks down Ahya’s latest project.
BLACK BANDCAMP SEPTEMBER PICKS: LONDON
For this month’s Bandcamp Friday, our co-founder NIKS has reached out to her trusted fellow London selectors, to find out who their top Black Band Camp discoveries and picks of the month are.
JOSH CAFFÉ TALKS COLLABORATING WITH HONEY DIJON
We get an inside look into working with a house music icon.
TAKE OFF ON A SONICALLY ENTRANCING JOURNEY WITH BLAQKONGO ON “38 DAYS 38 WAYS”
Lauryn Njeri speaks with the South African maestro on a fascinating project.