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Watch The Story Of Black Coffee's 'Origins' In A New Mini-Doc From RA & SONOS

South African house DJ/producer Black Coffee releases "We Are One," plus features in Resident Advisor and SONOS' 'Origins' mini documentary.


A few months after bringing South African house music to Central Park, NYC for our very own Summerstage concert, SA DJ/producer Black Coffee has come through this week with the first single off his forthcoming sixth LP, due out next year. "I Will Find You," like "Stimela" and the Masekela-featuring "We Are One" did previously, has a subtle kind of power. Instead of screaming for attention, the song sidles up to the listener with soft drum clasps, thick background beats, and the menacing, albeit comforting voice of SA singer Cara Frew. At its core, "I Will Find You" is an impassioned, almost desperate address. Yet, with Black Coffee's trance-like production, the song manages to be inviting, even fun. Listen below.

In addition to the new single, Black Coffee also features in a new 21-minute documentary collaboration between Resident Advisor and SONOS for their ORIGINS series. A gripping portrait of childhood hardship, personal resilience, and eventual happiness, the film follows the artist as he travels to his birthplace of Durban and then to Mthatha (his later home), where he recounts the traumatic incident that set him back, but also strenghtened his love of music. Culminating in a return to his former school, the doc can be summarized in Black Coffee's address to the students before him: "You can be anything you want in life. And I'm not just saying that. I'm the proof of it." Watch it below and head to RA for more details on the film.

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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'

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