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Audio: Beatenberg 'Echoes'


"Echoes," the latest track from the Cape Town pop trio Beatenberg plays like the soundtrack to a teenage soul-searching montage in a classic 90s flick - and we like it a lot. Matthew Field, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter says of Echoes: "The chorus is about wanting immortality, and about writing songs, and about putting one's self into another person, or imagining doing so." The sound of waves and birds at the beach were recorded in Plettenberg Bay, a popular holiday spot on the south-eastern coast of South Africa. 90s soundtrack music may be the newest movement out of Cape Town, just listen to Popskarr's synth-heavy "Fighter" (another OKA fav). Listen to other Beatenberg tunes and purchase their latest album Farm Photos here.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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