Biography

BATAKARI

Batakari is a new record label created by African artist Boddhi Satva and BBE Music founder Peter Adarkwah.
Hailing from the Central African Republic, Boddhi Satva is known as the godfather of ‘Ancestral Soul’, a blending of traditional, spiritual Afro-centric sounds with US and European electronic production. Ghanaian-British Peter Adarkwah has been running legendary UK label BBE Music for almost a quarter of a century, consistently releasing an uncompromising and eclectic catalogue of music, from Charles Mingus to Ebo Taylor to J Dilla, with over 500 other highlights in-between.
Named after a historic Ghanaian cloth worn into battle, Batakari’s vision stems from a common goal to nurture ethical, quality creativity by Africans, both on the continent and across the diaspora. First single ‘Virgil Abloh’ by Belgian / Congolese artist Badi has been well received across the globe, garnering features from Red Bull and Apple Music as well as playlisting on National Radio in both France and Belgium. Upcoming releases include full-length albums from Badi and Tekilla, plus ‘Ragga Ragga’, a Boddhi Satva-produced song by Angola’s Preto Show which features Ghanaian star Stonebwoy and talented Lebanese/Central African artist Tenny.
The burgeoning ‘Afrobeats’ sound, a fusion of electronic, urban and African vibes, has swiftly spread across the globe over the last couple of years. The movement has swiftly evolved into a lifestyle, providing a soundtrack for young people to express their culture, fashion and dance, both online and at large-scale events like the Afro Nation festivals in Portugal, Ghana, Puerto Rico and beyond. As one of the pioneers of electronic dance music with an Afro twist, who better than Boddhi Satva to present the very best of this exciting and fast-moving cultural phenomenon on the Batakari imprint.
Respected graphic designer Swifty, the artist responsible for Brownswood and Mo Wax’s label branding among many other high profile projects, created Batakari’s iconic logo.

Discography

In his new song ‘Chocolat’, Belgican (Belgian / African) rapper Badi pays tribute to the power and beauty of black bodies. Between sensuality and spice, fantasy and fear, hanging from lips or trees, chocolate remains a forbidden fruit. “Forbidden fruits…

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Released on BBE Music’s new sister label Batakari, ‘90’s’ is the first single taken from Portuguese rapper Tekilla’s upcoming fourth studio album, ‘Olhos de Vidro’. Produced by Fred Ferreira (Orelha Negra, Buraka Som Sistema, Banda do Mar), ‘90’s’ sees Tekilla…

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Lendas ft. Papillon is the second single from Portuguese rapper Tekilla’s forthcoming album ‘Olhos de Vidro’, released on BBE Music sister label Batakari. Described by Tekilla as “an ego trip between two generations, which intersect and innovate”, Lendas features a…

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BBE Music’s baby sister label Batakari welcomes Portuguese hip-hop pioneer Tekilla, presenting his long awaited fourth studio album, ‘Olhos de Vidro’. In this, his first full-length project since 2014, Tekilla looks back on a long career in music, from slinging…

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BBE Music’s sister label Batakari Music presents ‘The Red Line EP’, the debut release from Nigerian artist Jojoftheejungle. Hailing from Ikeja, Lagos, home to both Femi Kuti’s ‘Africa Shrine’ and Lagbaja’s ‘Motherland’, Jojoftheejungle (aka J.O.J) got his start with local…

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Heralding their forthcoming album ‘Trouble Fete’, coming later this year, vocalist Badi and producer Boddhi Satva present ‘Virgil Abloh’, a song paying tribute to the Louis Vuitton designer and cultural icon. Perfectly expressing the contemporary ‘Afrobeats’ vibe combined with Boddhi…

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Inspired by the state of our contemporary societies, Belgican (Belgian / African) rapper Badi continues his journey toward the release of album Trouble Fête with this tragi-comic and catchy new track, Mauvaise Ambiance (Bad Atmosphere), produced by Boddhi Satva. Mauvaise…

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Released on Batakari, a brand new collaborative imprint from Boddhi Satva and BBE Music founder Peter Adarkwah, “Belgican” (Belgian / African) vocalist Badi presents his album Trouble-Fête (Kill-joy / Spoilsport – literally ‘party disruptor’). Trouble Fête is produced by Boddhi…

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Boddhi Satva joins forces with fellow African music heroes Preto Show, Stonebwoy & Tenny for Dancehall / Afrobeats heavy hitter ‘Ragga Ragga’. Enlisting a stellar trio of vocal talents for ‘Ragga Ragga’, Boddhi Satva lays down a potent Dancehall production,…

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