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Congratulations South Sudan!


July 9, 2011: after more than five decades of an underdog, guerrilla struggle and two million lives lost, the Republic of South Sudan, Africa’s 54th state, has declared its independence. President Salva Kiir, above in his signature cowboy hat (given to him by former US president Dubya Bush), announced,  “we have waited for more than 56 years for this. It is a dream that has come true.”

In honor of the occasion, Akwaaba teamed up with Wahib Soumade of M.I.C.T. (Media In Cooperation and Transition) - a Berlin-based organization that initiated the powerful Sudan Votes Music Hopes project in 2010 - to put out  SVMH RMXD003, an awesome EP produced by Tyler Pope (of  !!! and LCD Soundsystem fame) and one of Berlin's top DJ's Edward, with features by Khartoum-born, Brooklyn-based Alsarah, and Sudanese heavyweight Yousif El Mosley.

SVMH RMXD003 Minimix by The FADER

Below, a video from the last EP of the series. Big congrats to the Republic of South Sudan!

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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'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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