Audio

Premiere: Blitz the Ambassador 'African In New York'

Be the first to listen to Okayafrica's premiere of "African In New York" by Blitz The Ambassador.


Blitz The Ambassador's latest track, “African In New York” depicts the multifaceted story of the African migrant living in New York City. Flipping a couple well known sound bytes — one from the 1988 classic Coming to America and another from Jay Z's "99 Problems" — Blitz gives us a glimpse into the royal arrival and humble adaptation of the African migrant to the big city. From a model’s aspirations to dollar cabs, the Ambassador tells the real hustler’s story, going in over a lively guitar and bass combo. With real in-studio instrumentation — produced by Blitz himself  — and exceptionally dope lyrics, Blitz continues to show us why he’s more than just your average master of ceremonies. Listen to the ‘cloud below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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