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A Collaboration From Davido and Cassper Nyovest Is on the Way

Davido described the song as a "classic."

It looks like a collaboration between two of the continent's biggest names will be coming our way in the near future.

Davido took to Instagram last night to share a snippet of him and Cassper Nyovest in the studio listening to a track that the pair had just laid down.

"Me and @CassperNyovest made a classic last nite!! WHAAAAAAAAT! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Out soon!! 🇳🇬x🇿🇦," he wrote in the caption. You can hear a short snippet of the track in the video below.

Both artists are coming off major wins at this weekend's Sound City MVP awards, where Davido took home trophies for Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and Casper snagged an award for Best Hip Hop Artist.

With these two heavyweights on one record, there's no doubt that the song will be a major hit, that'll probably earn them more awards in the future.

We're hoping this will lead to more dope collaborations with other artists as well. Davido mentioned late last year that he'd love to work with none other than Cardi B, and we're still crossing our fingers for that one.

We're yet to receive an exact release date, but the two have warned that the track is "coming very soon," so be on the lookout.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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