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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #34: SAHEL SOUNDS

Fan of African Music? Download our latest AIYE mixtape from Sahel Sounds, full of underground club bangers from the Western Sahara.


Sahel Sounds is the brainchild of Chris Kirkley, a self-described "rogue ethno-musicologist" documenting undiscovered music from the West African Sahel region. The Sahel Sounds blog and vinyl label is probably best known for its highly praised release of Music From Saharan Cellphones — a collection of African music tracks found on cellphone memory cards across the Western Sahara.

For this installment of Africa In Your Earbuds (our African music mixtape series), Sahel Sounds digs up some stellar, fast-paced underground tunes from the countries he works in — mainly Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Northern Nigeria — featuring artists like Tal B, Big Kaana, Sidiki Diabate, Joloko and others.

"While Nigeria and Ghana are getting lots of love, these kids in the Sahel have been piecing together their own regional styles." Kirkley tells us, "While it's all informed by the wider spectrum of popular hip-hop, they maintain local languages and sample rhythms and instruments (like the Balifon inspired Bamako hip-hop), while experimenting with some pretty extreme synth and super energetic bpms. I've collected most of these from MP3 markets, cellphones, Youtube, and Skyrock; they're all pretty serious club bangers."

Stream and download AIYE #34: Sahel Sounds below, huge up to Underdog for the artwork. Check out the recent vinyl release of Music from Saharan Cellphones Vol. 2Visit Sahel Sounds at their Website / Bandcamp / Twitter.

TRACKLIST

Tal B - Malian Dougie (Mali)

Big Kaana - Fake Houllou Needi (Mauritania)

Annane S. - Ananne S. (Mali)

Nomiss Gee - Ghetto Super Star (Nigeria)

Pheno S. - Clash (Mali)

MC Jambala - Tim Timol (Mauritania)

Sidiki Diabate - A'muse (Mali)

Louka et Meleke - Tchatcho (Mali)

Kaidan Gaskia - Ni Ga Di (Niger)

Assourita - Jolies filles Sexy (Mali)

Nayette - Tal-B vs. Nayette (Mali)

Iba One - All (Remix) (Mali)

Joloko - Seigen (Mali)

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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'

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