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Here's a Raw Afro-Electronic Mix From Odile Myrtil

"Ezili II is a musical world tour that reconciles the Caribbean and African identity," she tells us.

Odile Myrtil is a Montréal-based singer, DJ, and artist exploring experimental club music. She's also a resident of the city's Moonshine Collective, which features acts like Pierre Kwenders.

In her latest mix, Ezili II, Myrtil presents a dark electronic excursion into the sounds of the Caribbean and West Africa.

The mix, which we're premiering today, kicks off with a raw & aggressive section and then seamlessly blends into increasingly laid-back tracks from the likes of Olamide and others. Most notably: it was inspired by a Haitian Voudou spirit figure.


"Ezili II is a musical world tour that reconciles the Caribbean and African identity," Odile Myrtil tells OkayAfrica. "The first half starts on a high energy BPM, featuring my favorites tracks by musicians of the Afro Diaspora I love, like Cooly G and Roska."

"The second part is slower paced, providing a sexy, low-key and fun island vibe to sail on, with tracks from Olamide or Shannon, an amazing MC from Martinique. I really wanted to embody in sound the complex personality of Haitian Vodou loa Erzulie, a mother figure that represents vengeance, rage and also freedom."

Get into the 56-minute mix below and grab Moonshine Collective's latest drop, SMS For Location, Vol. 2, here.

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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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