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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #18: DJ MOMA

Download DJ Moma's NY-meets-the-diaspora Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape, featuring music by Fatoumata Diawara, Keziah Jones and more.


DJ MOMA pulls the strings in this NY-meets-the-diaspora episode of Africa In Your Earbuds. The New York native's mix glides through classics from Fatoumata Diawara and two members of the Kuti family, placing them alongside modern joints from Janelle Monae, Neo Project #2 & Alsarah, Wunmi, and plenty more. MOMA put it best when explaining his mix to us:

This mixtape is an attempt at reconciling my Sudanese roots with my New York musical and dance culture upbringing. Half of the tracks are by African artists fusing elements of funk, soul and house in their production; and the remaining are by Western artists borrowing from African music or collaborating with African musicians and singers.

The overall texture is somewhat soulful and groovy, which is pretty consistent with my DJ "comfort zone" of classic New York house, disco, 80s/ 90s R&B and modern soul. I actually had fun crafting this mix and I really dig the end product: here's hoping the listener feels the same!

Stream and download DJ MOMA's AIYE #18 below! You can keep up with dude over at his official site to catch him spinning at a number of downtown spots. Big up to Underdog for the space-age cover art!

TRACKLIST

Al Salam Alena - Mounira Mitchala [CHAD]

Bissa - Fatoumata Diawara [COTE D'IVOIRE / MALI]

My Kinda Girl - Keziah Jones [NIGERIA]

Salam Nubia - Neo Project #2 & Alsarah [SUDAN / USA]

Filaw - Isaa Bagayogo [MALI]

Slave Masters - Seun Kuti [NIGERIA]

Funky Nassau - Orgone [USA]

Faster - Janelle Monae [USA]

Mista President - The Souljazz Orchestra [CANADA]

Beng Beng Beng - Femi Kuti [NIGERIA]

Oya O - Raw Artistic Soul feat Wunmi [NIGERIA / GERMANY]

Cantos a Ochun et Oya - Osunlade (Juan Valentine ReWork)[USA / NIGERIA]

Coro (The Colonial Mentality) (Kaos 6:23 Dark Mix) - Kerri Chandler [USA]

... Sahr Outro ... [SIERRA LEONE]

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICAPETITE 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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