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Relive the Magic of Angola’s Golden Age of Music in This New Batida Remix

Producer Batida revisits the sounds of 1970s Angolan group Os Bongos’ alluring guitars in this new remix of “Kazucuta.”

Angolan-born producer Pedro Coquenão, better known as Batida, wants you to remember the unique sounds coming out of Angola in the ‘60s and ‘70s.


The Lisbon-raised artist revisits the sounds of 1970s Angolan group Os Bongos’ alluring guitars in this new remix of “Kazucuta.”

Os Bongos were fronted by guitarist Boto Trindade, who according to the excellent Analog Africa compilation Angola Soundtrack: The Unique Sound Of Luanda 1968-1976, “abandoned his dream of becoming a football player to support his brother's family by earning money as a musician."

“In 2014 I filmed a mini-documentary for Red Bull Music Academy and, on my flight back to Lisbon, I played with this classic after a nice chat with Mano about the magic guitar sound of cota Botto Trindade from Os Bongos,” Batida tells Okayafrica.

“In fact, it hits me every time I hear the guitar drop of this simple edit. I've played it on my DJ sets and had some requests after my last Boiler Room session this year and thought it would be nice to share it so more people can enjoy the magic of the golden age of Angolan music, when the future was wide open for every Angolan,” he says.

“Thank you Mano a Mano Productions and Analog Africa for the blessing. Please check the Angola soundtrack compilation.”

If you’re feeling the sounds and message check out Batida’s collaborative album with Konono N°1 and his quest for the freedom of 16 detained young activists in Angola.

Following a great show for Okayafrica's SummerStage concert, Batida returns to New York City on January 8 as part of globalFEST.

 

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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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