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Africa Express Return With a New Album Featuring Damon Albarn, Moonchild Sanelly & More

Listen to three tracks from the upcoming EGOLI.

Africa Express are coming back soon with a brand new studio album, EGOLI, due July 12.

The 18-track album from the music collective, which was co-founded by Damon Albarn, will concentrate on the sounds of South Africa and was recorded in just a week of collaborations in Johannesburg.

Featured artists on the EGOLI include buzzing South African names like Moonchild Sanelly, Sho Madjozi, BCUC, BLK JKS, FAKA, Mahotella Queens, Muzi, Morena Leraba, Nonku Phiri, Radio 123, and Sibot. It will also include a posthumous track with DJ Spoko.

Other notable artists include Damon Albarn, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gruff Rhys, Ghetts, Blue May, Georgia, Poté and many more.

The album's lead single, "Johannesburg," is breezy and addictive production that blends Gruff Rhys' soothing vocals with hip-hop beat work and additional delivery from Morena Leraba, Radio 123 and Sibot.


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"'Johannesburg' is an embodiment of what Africa Express means to me. Three artists meeting, bonding and writing something so real and honest in a hut at 4.00 am," mentions Sibot. "This song reminded me just how powerful and simple music can be. It completely destroyed my demons and set fire to a new chapter as a producer,"

You can also check out album tracks "Become the Tiger" with Sibot, Albarn, and Mr Jukes, plus "No Games" which brings together Muzi, Moonchild, Poté, Ghetts, Sho Madjozi and Radio 123.

"Being a part of such a diverse and deep musical project was so dope," says Moonchild Sanelly. "We were like kids in a candy store where you just walk in to any of these crazy little studios packed with incredible musicians, and you could make any genre of music from futuristic rave to ballads with legendary stars. I loved every minute of it and I wrote music till my heart was on fire"

EGOLI is out July 12 on Africa Express Records imprint.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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