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The Africa Cup Of Nations 2015 Theme Song 'Hola, Hola'

Watch the anthem for the Africa Cup Of Nations 2015 from Cano, Molare, Manni Bella, Toofan, Eddy Kenzo, Singuila, Arielle T & Wizboyy.


The 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations tournament kicked off over the weekend with a tied match between new host country Equatorial Guinea and Congo (as you know, the AFCON location had to be changed after original hosts Morocco refused to accommodate the tournament due to concerns "over the spread of the outbreak of the ebola virus.") With a new tournament comes a new theme and for AFCON 2015 that song is "Hola, Hola," a cross-continental collaboration from Cano, coupé décalé artist Molare, Cameroon's Manni Bella, Togolese musician Toofan, Ugandan dancehall act Eddy Kenzo, Singuila, Arielle T and Nigeria's Wizboyy. Watch the soccer stadium-shot video for the AFCON 2015 theme song below. Many pundits have Algeria, who are coming off a strong showing in last year's World Cup, as their favorite for the tournament. Who's your pick?

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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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