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OKAYAFRICA BEMBE! With Obsesión, DJ Cortega & DJ Underdog

Join us at our OKAYAFRICA BEMBE African dance party this Wednesday with Cuba's Obsesion, DJ Cortega & DJ Underdog.


Cuban hip-hop duo Obsesión will be performing at Tropicalia in Washington, DC this Wednesday as part of our monthly Okayafrica DC party.. Obsesión have remained in Cuba during their career and have been vocals about many sociopolitical issues surrounding 21st century Cuba, including race and gender relations. The sponsoring organizations, Cuba Educational Travel, Havana Culinary and Culture, Center for Democracy in the Americas and Cuba Skate, all favor better relations between the U.S. and Cuba and an end to U.S. restrictions on travel and trade. Tropicalia will host a reception for all of the sponsors of the event, which also include Nomadic Wax and Latin American Youth Center, with information tables set up so the guests can learn and network followed by an Obsesión performance from 9PM-10PM. The Okayafrica DC dance party will follow-hosted by resident DJ Underdog and special guests DJ Cortega & DrewCool  — with a thematic nod towards the true diaspora and connection between Cuba and her roots in African music and culture.

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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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