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Here's An Afro-Caribbean Jam From Bush Tea

The Virigin Islands rapper shares her latest blend of 808s and unapologetic rhymes.

Bush Tea is a rapper coming out of the Virgin Islands who's creating some noteworthy tracks influenced by her Caribbean background and strong female stance.

Her sound blends stomping 808s with unapologetic rhymes and swagger you'll hear in this new single, "Fresh," which we're premiering here today.

"Fresh" is an addictive track that sees Bush Tea rapping about how on-point she is over steel pans and dancehall-meets-hip-hop beats. Basically, it's wavy island music—and we're here for it.


"I didn't want anyone telling me how to be sexy or what to say. I wanted to be sexy sometimes, tomboyish sometimes, conservative and abstract sometimes," Bush Tea tells OkayAfrica about the song. "And I'm so so happy to say that is exactly what I did, without anyone policing me. I was able to be open about the vastness of what we all are."

Get into "Fresh" 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'

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