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Audio: Junior Freeman's "Dumyarea" is Hipco from Liberia


Our friends over at Africa Is a Country have hipped us to the stirring sounds of Liberia's musical renaissance. A generation of young urbanites is creating new forms of dynamic music including a hip-hop infused genre called "Hipco." One of these new musical pioneers is Junior Freeman, who has taken the oft heard phrase "Dumyarea" and made it the basis for a rollicking populist dance anthem. The term itself is used by sellers in markets to stake their claim on a certain area. Of course the phrase has migrated into everyday use among Liberians. It has become so popular that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf used it to help launch her (yes, Liberia's Prez is a woman!) re-election campaign.

Freeman's song is done in the Gbema style, which is basically like taking some traditional Liberian music and putting it through a digital sieve. While the song has a political tone, don't expect anything to serious or somber. This is a catchy up-beat track that will leave you with a sunny disposition and the urge to turn anything in your immediate area into a drum.  Listen below.


Dumyarea by LiBeat

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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