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Boddhi Satva, DJ Satelite & Fredy Massamba are Portrayed as Beautiful Women in this Genre-Bending Video for ‘Xe Mana Bella’

Watch the music video for Boddhi Satva, DJ Satelite and Fredy Massamba's new afro-house joint "Xe Mana Bella."

“Xe Mana Bella” is an afro-house joint tailor-made for late nights on the dance floor.


The track is built on seamless beat work from ‘Ancestral Soul’ producer Boddhi Satva and Angola’s DJ Satelite, with Congolese vocalist Fredy Massamba laying down the song’s refrain.

The music video for “Xe Mana Bella” follows three women impersonating Boddhi Satva, Dj Satelite and Fredy Massamba—one strolls through Lisbon, the other sings on the street and the last one throws down a beach DJ set at Portugal's Praia do Rei.

“Xe Mana Bella surely has been one of the great sensation of this summer. Shaking the dance floors of cities like Lisbon, Luanda, Baltimore, New York, London and Paris to name a few,” Boddhi Satva mentions.

“The anthem's video was done by the talented Johel Almeida from Afro Digital. Due to busy schedules, Fredy Massamba couldn't attend the recording in Lisbon, but his voice and energy is a truly felt throughout the song. The video, mostly shot in slow motion. gives the viewer the opportunity to fully indulge in the beauty of the cast, the dancers, the city of Lisbon and the lovely beach and sunset of Praia do Rei," he says.

Earlier this year, Boddhi Satva collaborated with Badi on a music video that confronted tradition and colonization through dance.

DJ Satelite recently shared an Angolan house mixtape for his label, Seres Produções new compilation, Muloje.

Watch our premiere of “Xe Mana Bella” above. Grab the single on iTunes.

 

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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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