Audio: Mother City Mic Controllers

Mother City Mic Controllers (MCMC) is a posse of progressive up-and-coming hip hop emcees from Cape Town, South Africa. The collective came together to record their self-titled album after London-based Chris Cape, armed with a bag of beats by Jac Spade aka Donel Smokes, posted an ad online looking to work with artists from his home town. “I gave them the beats and the concept of the whole project and they came to my house. Most tracks were one take wonders. In the booth. Bam.” Chris says.

The result is a mind-provoking five-track debut of gritty, poetic-non-fiction compositions. Chris says it’s important for people to remember that hip hop is such a powerful, life-affirming, energy force and that despite the sometimes dispiriting struggles that young artists encounter (getting onto radio playlists, distribution and so on); it’s a worthy enterprise to be involved in. “You hustle hard. You get somewhere. You gain five metres. You lose ten. You can gain five and start again. It’s a hard industry no matter where you are but I do it because we love it and believe in the art we are putting out there and I’m sure the other Mother City Mic Controllers feel the same.

Stream and download Mother City Mic Controllers below or on their bandcamp.

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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)

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