Towards the end of November 2000 I landed in London with a backpack, one cassette tape and dreams aplenty. Years have mysteriously passed (who knows where the time goes?!) and here I found myself, as Londoner as can be, celebrating twenty years of trials and tribulations in the city.

 

For 20 days (+ 1) in December I posted one song (and its accompanying story) per day to celebrate this milestone. 20 musical snapshots of the first two decades of the 21st century, plus a glimpse of things to come. Here’s to the next 20!

 

Song #1: Parliament – I Just Got Back

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #2: Moodymann – Music People

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #3: Fela – Upside Down

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #4: Pharoah Sanders – You Gotta Have Freedom

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #5: Damon Harris – It’s Music

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #6: Everything But The Girl – Tracey In My Room

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #7: DJ Nature – Foggy Monday Morning

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #8: The Police – Voices Inside My Head

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #9: Serious Intention – You Don’t Know

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #10: Erykah Badu – Woo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #11: Edan: Beauty & the Beat

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #12: Kassav – Lague Moin

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #13: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Jonkoloni

 

 

 
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Song #14: Twinkle Brothers – Free Africa Dub

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #15: Pixies – Where Is My Mind

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #16: K Frimpong and His Cubano Fiestas – Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’awu

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #17: Teengirl Fantasy – Cheaters (John Talabot’s Classic Vocal Refix)

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #18: Talking Heads: This Must Be The Place

 


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #19: Beth Carvalho – Majestade Real

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #20: Karin Krogg: Just Holding On

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Song #21: Mystery track

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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