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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #6: DJ AQBT

DJ AQBT's offers a 50-minute Afro-tinged house mix featuring cuts from Burkina Electric, Tinariwen, Nickodemus, Souljazz Orchestra and Kokolo Afrobeat, and plenty more.


DJ AQBT (AQuaBeaT) is a veteran spinner of Haitian descent raised in the predominantly West Indian neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. His concoction of deep electronic beats and global dance rhythms is influenced by a wide range of acts — he cites the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation, German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, and the avant-garde synthpop of Art of Noise as leaving a mark on his eclectic style.

In Africa In Your Earbuds #6, AQBT offers up a 50-minute Afro-tinged house mix featuring cuts from Burkina Faso's first electronic group Burkina Electric, Mali desert nomads Tinariwen, Turntables On The Hudson's Nickodemus, afrobeat collectives Souljazz Orchestra and Kokolo Afrobeat, and plenty more.

Props to Underdog for the always dope artwork. Peep the full tracklist (AQBT was good enough to share links to spots where you can purchase the individual tunes) and stream/download Africa In Your Earbuds #6: DJ AQBT below!

AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #6: DJ AQBT by okayafrica

TRACKLIST

1. "Afrocentric Intro" - Nickodemus

2. "Subversive Mantra" - Dj. Aqbt (Unreleased)

3. "Back From Afrika (Derek Sessions remix)" - Nickodemus

4. Fefe Naa Efe (Boddhi Satva's Ancestral Soul edit) - Fela Kuti (Nigeria)

5. Tryptich - Santos

6. Awukhu Muzi - Blaq Soul & Busi Mhlongo (South Africa)

7. Kuar (Olof Dreijer remix) - Emmanuel Jal (South Sudan)

8. Ligbi - Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso)

9. Mugambi (RJ Duran edit v Dj.Aqbt) - Soul Jazz Orchestra

10. The Magnificent Seven - Kokolo Afrobeat

11. Soixante Trois (D'oke Tranz mix) - Tinariwen (Mali)

12. Yamma Jatta - Jolla Tribe

13. Lagos Nigeria - Zaka Percussion

Catch DJ AQBT's GetOpen Sessions Radio Mondays 2-4pm for Afro house, deep house, soul, world and dance classics at Dance Gruv.

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: JUST 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'

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