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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #43: THE GTW

Stream an African hip-hop mixtape from 'Chigerian' producer The GTW.


The GTW is a Chicago-based rapper/singer born to Nigerian immigrants crafting some of the most striking diaspora pop around. His seamless blend of South Side Chicago rawness and West African rhythms first caught our ear with his "Cravings" single with Bengfang — which ended up on our best tracks of last year list. Since then The GTW's garnered further buzz with his R&B outfit JODY.

This Africa In Your Earbuds features a mix of highly infectious dance tracks from the diaspora, all of them laced with The GTW's untouchable 'Chigerian' cool. Hear the mix below and read about its inspiration directly from the man:

A collective mix of some of my all time favourite songs from Africa & the diaspora. Some new, some old, all have sentimental relevance to me. A few of these songs I would hear at family events as a kid and never quite knew the name of, I just used to dance to these songs like the little Diaspora Pop Star I was and got showered with money (U.S. Dollars) in the process. This mix is dedicated to my late cousin Inieke Udoiwood, one of the first musicians I knew. And the very reason i'm creating audio imagery today.

special thanks to Mojek.

Stream/download AIYE #43: The GTW below! Big shout out to Underdog for the cover graphics.

TRACKLIST

Rudimental Ft. Natalie May - Sexy Sexy

Spoek Mathambo - Let Them Talk (MSHINI WAM VERSION)

Uproot Andy & Geko Jones - Etelvina Maldonado - Manuelita RMX

D'banj - Fall in Love

N/A Chief boima open session two [EXCERPT]

Dj Hen Boogie & Anbuley- Tsakemo

~ THE GTW - Sweet & Sour ~

Mandoza- Nkalakatha

~ Adele- Set Fire to the Rain (Mojek's Young Africa Remix) ~

Mish- Akwa Ibom Ayaya

Siji- Morenike

Udo Abianga- Leave me along (classic efik special 1971)

N/A- Udoka Soccer Club ( classic praise song for nigerian soccer player udoka)

Arrow- Zouk Me

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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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