Audio: Ivory Coast Soul 1972-1982

Audio: Ivory Coast Soul 1972-1982 is available from Hot Casa Records/Light In The Attic.

A couple of months ago we spoke to Gilles Peterson and he mentioned in passing that he was particularly excited about the music being unearthed from the Ivory Coast. Well, with the release of Ivory Coast Soul: Afrofunk in Abidjan 1972-1982, we can see why. It's a country that has been perhaps a bit neglected by diggers (and whose present sadly overshadows its past) but now it's time for this West African republic to shine.

In the 1970s the music industry based in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, was second only to that of Lagos in Nigeria, with musicians flocking to lay down tracks there from all over the continent. This diversity is reflected in the tracks collected here, tracks that are primarily rooted in funk and afrobeat but reveal influences from all the musicians who assembled together in Abidjan during this time. It's a hell of a lot of fun and if you're down with collections of the ilk of Lagos Disco Inferno, then Ivory Coast Soul is a must.

Props to Dijamel Hammadi for putting it all together in the face of... well... cop the release and read the liner notes for the full story. In the meantime, check out and download the ridiculously catchy Oko Sekai Athanase and stream two others from Ernesto Djedje and Jimmy Hyacinthe below.

Ivory Coast Soul is available now from Hot Casa/Light In The Attic.

[audio:http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/HC-14-A-2-Okoi-seka-master-1.mp3|titles="Melokon Mebun Ou" by Okoi Seka]

DOWNLOAD: Okoi Seka "Melokon Mebun Ou"

[audio:http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/HC-14-C-1-ernesto-djedje-master-1.mp3|titles="Zadie Bobo" by Ernesto Djedje]

Stream: Ernesto Djedje "Zadie Bobo"

[audio:http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/HC-14-B-1-jimmy-hyacinthe-master-2.mp3|titles="Yatchiminou" by Jimmy Hyacinthe]

Stream: Jimmy Hyacinthe "Yatchiminou"

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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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