Africaine 808 gives new meaning to the term world music by taking the term very literally. With a wide range of musical styles, from New York disco to Nigeria Funk to Colombian cumbia, they create a refreshing sound. Dirk Leyers of Africaine 808 has an impressive track record. Under various aliases he released music on Kompakt. He did it under his own name, as well as Contrast (with Justus Köhncke) and Closer Music (with Matias Aguayo). Their song Maria is one of the classics in the Kompakt catalogue and set the tone for countless electro-pop epigones. Under the name Africaine 808 Leyers adds polyrhythmic perfection, by including African voice samples and thumb pianos, to the minimalist micro-house of the Kompakt sound.