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Watch Afrikan Boy x Seye's Music Video For 'Dear Mama (Going For Gold)' [Prod. by The Very Best]

Watch Afrikan Boy and Seye's music video for "Dear Mama (Going For Gold)," produced by Johan Hugo of The Very Best.


Afrikan Boy just dropped this sleek music video for "Dear Mama (Going For Gold)," the second single off his upcoming debut The AB CD LP. The clip features AB and UK/Nigerian singer Seye, who takes on chorus duties here, bouncing under flashing lights to Johan Hugo of The Very Best's guitar-flanked 'afrogrime' track. Like the title implies Afrikan Boy penned the song for his mother, he comments "I saw the struggles my mum went through to feed us and ensure our happiness. This song is an acknowledgement to her hussle and my promise to be successful to honour her efforts.” Watch the video below and see Afrikan Boy answer Okayafrica TV's 'The Questions' below.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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