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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #37: BBRAVE OF AKWAABA

Download a new Africa In Your Earbuds music mixtape from Akwaaba founder BBRAVE.


Paris/LA-bred Benjamin Lebrave aka BBRAVE is the founding force behind the forward-looking African music imprint Akwaaba Music and the voice behind Fader magazine's Lungu Lungu column. For years, BBRAVE's Accra-based Akwaaba label has been putting out releases from noteworthy names, and OKA site favorites, like Just A Band,  FOKN Bois, Chief Boima and most recently Art Melody.

In our latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds BBRAVE puts together a sublime mix that aims to reflect his live DJ club sets — though, as he points out, slightly tweaked with more tempo/mood changes for an audience tuning in on laptop speakers/headphones. "I purposely played almost nothing I've released," he wrote us, "Not too sure why, I think just 'cause I wanted to do something different. People familiar with me are usually even more familiar with the songs I release, so with this mix, whether people already know me or not, they will probably all be surprised by what they hear!"

Stream and download AIYE #37: BBRAVE and see some of his upcoming European tour dates below. Big thanks to Underdog for the cover artwork.

TRACKLIST

01 - BRADEZ - WOSSOP REMIX FEAT. KWAW KESE (GHANA)

02 - AJ OMO ALAJAH - GBELEMOR (NIGERIA / GHANA)

03 - BLACK MOTION - BANANE MAVOKO (DJ NAX REMIX) (ANGOLA / SOUTH AFRICA)

04 - OS OUSADOS - ASSIM VOCE ME MATA (DJ X-TRIO REMIX) (ANGOLA / BRAZIL)

05 - IYANYA - KUKERE (NIGERIA)

06 - R2BEES - DANCE FEAT. WIZKID (GHANA / NIGERIA)

07 - R2BEES - LIFE (WALAAHI) (GHANA)

08 - DR SLIM - S3K3 FEAT. DOBBLE (GHANA)

09 - PAULO STAFF - TOZA NA BONGO (ANGOLA / PORTUGAL)

10 - DJ ZNOBIA - AFRICA (ANGOLA)

11 - AJEBUTTER22 - SENRENRE (NIGERIA / UK)

12 - TCHOBOLY - MEU INDIO NOVO (ANGOLA)

13 - KAYSHA - DIAMONDS (FRANCE / DRC)

14 - JAY-Z - EXCUSE-ME MISS FEAT. PHARRELL (DJ LEO REMIX) (PORTUGAL / US)

15 - YOME - VIA FEAT WAZUSHI (KENYA)

16 - DIATA SYA - TONGO FEAT. OXMO PUCCINO (MALI / FRANCE)

17 - DJ KARFOX - FODENCIA MASSACRE (PORTUGAL)

18 - MCK - NZALA FEAT. PAULO FLORES (ANGOLA)

19 - LOURDES VAN DUNEM - MONAMI (ANGOLA)

20 - MAN VU & PASSARINHO - CANTAS PORQUE? (ANGOLA)

21 - KILLAMU - TCHILU (DJ ZNOBIA REMIX) (ANGOLA)

22 - 2WO 1NE - VITUMBUWA (ZAMBIA)

23 - DJ LEO - CHIEUSE (COTE D'IVOIRE)

BBRAVE Tour Dates

May 4: Muelheim

May 17: berlin

May 19: berlin

June 1: cologne

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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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