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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #17: AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA

Download a pan-continental vintage Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape from Awesome Tapes From Africa.


Awesome Tapes From Africa, the brainchild blog-come-record label of Brian Shimkovitz,  gathers hard-to-find cassettes from the continent. ATFA selections regularly span vintage mbalax, juju, bongo flava, and disco-electro cuts, amongst many others, which are then presented on the site as free downloads.

For Africa In Your Earbuds #17, Awesome Tapes compiles a pan-continental, analog tape mix of tunes from his vast collection, including songs by the first two ATFA record label artists, — Malian singer Nâ Hawa Doumbia and North Ghana's kologo player Bola. Speaking on his mix, Brian writes:

I wanted put together a selection of songs that I have been into lately for the Okayafrica community. Since you guys are into all different kinds of sounds I tried to include songs from all over, spanning a few decades. I have been playing a lot of tapes live and it's left some of the more relaxed recordings get a bit dusty. So I am keeping it kind of chill here until the more dancefloor-ready tracks toward the second half.

Head to Awesome Tapes to buy the official releases and browse the collection. Plus lookout for ATFA spinning live (tour dates below).

Stream and grab Africa In Your Earbuds #17: Awesome Tapes From Africa below! As always, a big up to Underdog for the cover art.

Okayafrica x Awesome Tapes From Africa Mix

1. Ephrem Tamru "Ney Ney" Ethiopia

2. Nâ Hawa Doumbia "Dan Te Dinye La" Mali

3. Zagazougou "Zagadon" Ivory Coast

4. Issa Coulibaly "Lodjourato" Mali

5. Ahwach Souse Title Unknown (Side A excerpt) Morocco

7. Jagwa Music "Liwalo Na Liwe" Tanzania

8. Ndiogou Seck "Xoox-yi" Senegal

9. Issa Bagayogo "Lanaya" Mali

10. Foster Manganyi "Ndzi To Tiyisela" South Africa

11. Bola "Tivona Vonbubo" Ghana

ATFA Live Dates

05.18 New York NY / Santos Partyhouse

05.19 Brooklyn NY / 285 Kent w/ Lamin Fofana

05.20 New York NY / Lisa Cooley Gallery

05.23 Boston MA / Spectacle

05.25 Seattle, WA / CAIRO

05.26 Portland OR / Holocene

05.28 George, WA / Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: PETITE NOIROLUGBENGA, 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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