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Watch Badi & Boddhi Satva's Striking New Video For 'Mauvaise Ambiance'

Badi and Boddhit Satva share a new video inspired by sociopolitical issues in Belgium and around the world.

Badi and Boddhi Satva connect once again for the new electronic single "Mauvaise Ambiance."

The single takes a direct approach at addressing many sociopolitical troubles around the world, touching on issues like the migrant crisis and U.S. policies over an infectious beat.

"Mauvaise Ambiance is inspired by the political and social situation in Belgium, the country where I was born and grew up in," says Badi, "but also by international news, the migrant crisis, Donald Trump's policies and the massive exodus of Africans. I wanted to approach those subjects with a touch of irony and add them to rhythms you couldn't help but dance to."

The new music video for "Mauvaise Ambiance," which we're premiering here today, was directed by 13, features twin dancers Les Mybalés and was shot at Brussels' Café Congo.


"For the video I wanted Belgium to be visually recognizable and what could be better than René Magritte artwork to represent the surrealism so typical of the country we live in?" adds Badi.

"Mauvaise Ambiance" will feature on Badi's upcoming Trouble Fête album.

Badi, Boddhi Satva - Mauvaise Ambiance youtu.be

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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