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Burna Boy and Dave Link Up on Stellar New Track 'Location'

Listen to the slow-burning banger from Dave's critically-acclaimed debut album 'Psychodrama.'

Burna Boy refuses to get off of our necks in 2019, and honestly we're not complaining. After dropping several dope collaborations in the first quarter of the year, the artist is back with his latest, and it's one of our favorites so far.

The Nigerian artist links up with British rapper Dave for the chilled-out "Location," from the MC's debut album Psychodrama, which has received rave reviews.


READ: Dangote Isn't Nigeria's Hero, But Don't Ask Burna Boy

"Location" sees the two artists showing off their best skills, with Dave providing braggadocios lyrics about his game with the ladies throughout, while Burna provides the song's infectious hook. He also shines on the third verse of the song, adding his afrofusion flair to the track.

Burna's recently dropped the video, for his single "Dongote." Revisit an op-ed from contributor Joey Akan about the themes of the track and video here, and listen to Dave's album Pyschodrama in full.

Listen to "Location" below.

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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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