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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #8: DJ SABINE - 'MZANSI'


In the latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds, Brooklyn's own DJ Sabine takes us on a foray into modern South African jams. Mzansi sees Sabine running through an exclusively SA set featuring cuts from genre heavy-hitters like Culoe De Song, as well as Lemon & Herb, Black Motion, and Siso K with Tumi.

You can peep more of DJ Sabine from her Oyasound production and at her monthly "grassroots dance culture" Brooklyn Mecca parties. A big up to Underdog for the crafty hands on the artwork. Stream and download the endless percussive loops and house tinges of AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #8: MZANSI below!

AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #8: DJ SABINE - 'MZANSI' by okayafrica

TRACKLIST

1. "Lerato" by Siso K feat. Tumi (Trinidadian Juju Mix) - South Africa

2. "Invitation To Dance" by Monotone feat. Ruby Gold - South Africa

3. "Velani" by Lemon & Herb feat. Moonchild - South Africa

4. "The Fallen Siren" by Culoe de Song - South Africa

5. "Forever" by EnaWadan (Club Edit) - South Africa

6. "Xhosa Tribe" by Sundae feat. Nomhle (Da Capo Bapedi Ritual Mix) - South Africa

7. "African Salsa" by Black Motion feat. Lady B - South Africa

8. "Best of Afro Naked Woman" by Chagos - South Africa

9. "I Wanna Love You" by Lulo Cafe feat. Nothende (The Layabouts Future Retro Vocal Mix) - South Africa

10. "Forever" by Enawadan (Timmy Regisford Edit) - South Africa

11. "Storming Blaze" by Glenn Fiasco - South Africa

12. "Lerato" by Siso K feat. Tumi (Trinidadian Juju Mix)-South Africa

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: BROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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