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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #16: PETITE NOIR

Download noir wave founder Petite Noir's vibrant 56-minute South African house-tinged Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape.


Petite Noir is a South African/Congolese drone producer who also puts in time as the lead singer of Cape Town's Popskarr and member of The Capital of Cool collective. He self-dubbed his musical style noir wave — "a take on post-punk/new wave with a hint of an African aesthetic."

For our latest Africa In Your Earbuds, Petite Noir serves up a vibrant 56-minute South African house-tinged mix featuring Spoek Mathambo's remix of Seun Kuti, DJ Sbu and Zahara's "Lengoma", Alec Lomami and more. Explaining his selections, he states:

The reason my mix is predominantly South African is because it comes from a place that basically raised me. Coming to South Africa from Beligium, always having North African music playing and always listening to what my parents listened to, it somehow had some sort of relevance and made sense to me. I'm all for vernacular music, even though I might not understand what they are saying most of the time. I always use SA music as one of my influences.

Stream and download AIYE #15: Waves Generation below! Big up to Underdog for the cover artwork!

TRACKLIST

1. Sepulcure - The One (UK)

2. Dj Kent ft. Maleh - Falling (SA)

3.Big Nuz - Umlilo (SA)

4. Dj Clock Feat. Shisaboi - Ngomso (SA)

5. Fali feat. Olivia - Chaise Electric (DRC)

6. Alec Lomami - POP (DRC/USA)

7. DJ Sbu feat. Zahara - Lengoma (Petite Noir Chopped and screwed edit) (SA)

8. Flava - Sawa Le (NGA)

9. Fela Kuti - Water No Get No Enemy (NGA)

10. Amadou & Mariam - Dougou Badia Feat. Santigold (MLI/USA)

11. Petite Noir - 'till we ghosts/The Dance (DRC/ANG/SA)

12. Seun Kuti - The Good Leaf (Spoek Mathambo Remix) (NGA/SA)

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: OLUGBENGA, RICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA.

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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'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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