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Audio: Chico Mann 'Same Old Clown' ft. Kendra Morris

Stream a new African music track from Antibalas' Chico Mann featuring Kendra Morris.


Brooklyn-based afrobeat/African music collective Antibalas guitarist Chico Mann is back on his solo grind once again, this time offering a dope collaboration with Wax Poetics Records artist Kendra Morris. The track, "Same Old Clown," is the combined effort of Mann's funky, bass-driven groove moving underneath Morris' effortlessly soulful vocals — the result is a cut that feels equally at place on the dance floor as it does soundtracking your morning walk to the subway. Last year, Antibalas' Chico Mann impressed us with his contribution and knowledge of African music in our Africa In Your Earbuds series, and you should absolutely not hesitate to download that immediately (if you can turn 'Same Old Clown' off long enough, that is). The Same Old Clown EP will drop March 4, which features two remixes and a dub from UK house producer Linkwood and US re-edit king Kon, serves as a prelude to Mann's full-length album Magical Thinking due out later this spring. Check out the track from Antibalas' Chico Mann below.

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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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