We are DJs, musicians, and artists.
We hail from Ghana, Portugal, Angola, and the UK.
We share a passion for African music like Afrobeat, Highlife, funana, Kwaito, Afroboogie to mention a few. When we come together to create Afromats we are a part of that ongoing continuum - a beat that never stops - a tradition that continues to unfold and advance with every day. We channel our passion for African music and culture, not only into the artwork you see woven into our slipmats but also into the huge range of events in the UK and across Europe that support and showcase the music and the art form that we love.
we'd love to hear from you
RICHMOND 'CHIEF COMMANDER'
Richmond ‘Chief Commander’ started collecting vinyl records in the 1980s and has a particular interest in African music from Ghana. His music collection is both impressive and extensive covering Highlife music from as early as the 50s, and Afrobeat from the 70s right through to current trends.
Both a DJ and performer, Richmond was a drummer and dancer the renowned Pan African dance group, Adzido in the 90s, touring all over the world. He currently leads the London based band, Yaaba Funk, performing energetic and pulsating sounds of funky African music.
Yaw Noir's interests in music began as a teenager in the mid-1980's during the rise of the reggae sound system culture in the UK. He was involved with several sound systems both as an MC and sound technician.
During the 90s Yaw expanded into the underground UK Jungle and Garage scenes, teaming up with his friend and acclaimed drum and bass producer Potential Bad Boy. Yaw later went onto DJ in London wine bars playing soulful house and broken beat, and more recently, has been live-streaming and festival gigging, playing Afro House.
Nelson Makossa is a renowned DJ from the duo act Irmãos Makossa, which is based in Lisbon, Portugal. He is an avid vinyl record collector and has a particular interest in African music from the '60s through to the '80s.
Nelson Makossa has also been involved in African cultural events promoting art, cinema, and literature, and has DJed at festivals like FMM Sines, Boom Festival, Vodafone Mexefest, and the Africa Alive Festival (Frankfurt).
Foreign Office Club
Richmond 'Chief Commander' - Live DJ show
10 July 2020
20:00 - 21:00 Hrs
'The Chief' will be spinning some of the best vinyl records from his vast collection of African music. Expect to hear some gems as he takes you on a journey through original Ghanaian HiLife music; great sounds for a Friday evening.
Yaw Noir - 'Noir's Late Night Lounge
11 July 2020
18:00 - 19:00 Hrs
The show celebrates International Friends and Family week; Yaw will be spinning some sunset African music to keep you dancing and smiling throughout the night.
Nelson Makossa is bringing the sunshine to you, all the way from Portugal. Catch the vibes of sweet African music as Nelson spins vinyl from the motherland direct onto your speakers.
Invite some friends 'round, grab some chilled wine, and experience the sublime spirit of African music, 'Makossa' style.