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Burna Boy Drops New Single, "Rock Your Body"

Burna Boy drops his new single "Rock Your Body" and shares a new music video for "Boshe Nlo."

New heat from the one and only Burna Boy has arrived, in the form of his new single "Rock Your Body," produced by the one and only Juls.


The jazzy, highlife-tinged track certainly lives up to it's name—it's bumping percussion, and light piano riff will likely make you move along.

It's not the only recent release from Burna Boy, either. Earlier this week, the musician quietly dropped the music video for "Boshe Nlo," which features the artist with some ladies in a lush, natural setting. The video runs through airy scenery as the song's melodic, Yoruba-sung hook plays along.

These drops come just in time for the weekend. Thanks, Burna Boy!

Listen to "Rock Your Body" and watch the music video for "Boshe Nlo" below.

Burna Boy will be performing at New York's PlayStation Theater on May 6.

 

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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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