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'Stay True South Africa: A Dancing Nation' With Black Coffee, Okmalumkoolkat, Culoe de Song & More

Boiler Room & Ballantine's share 'Stay True South Africa: A Dancing Nation', a mini-doc showcasing the vital role of dance in South Africa.


Just a few weeks ago Boiler Room and Ballantine's embarked on their 'Stay True Journeys' in South Africa with a focus on presenting Johannesburg's rich and deep-rooted electronic music scene. The series has since featured some of Joburg's most influential and electrifying artists such as the famously reserved SA house pioneer Black Coffee and Jozi electro-rap titan Okmalumkoolkat. While on tour of the country and its vibrant music scene, it became immediately apparent to their team that dancing is a key element in South African life and is the primary inspiration for many of the country's musicians and producers. As Boiler Room’s Jack Hart mentions, “Sometimes on the global Stay True Journeys we're undertaking... local themes emerge gradually. Not so in South Africa. There, the theme came instantly. Right up front, everyone we spoke to in the SA music world mentioned one thing above all others as important to them: the power and centrality of dancing in their lives.”

In a short mini-doc, Boiler Room and Ballentine's give us a glimpse into the vital role of dance for South Africa's music-makers and music enthusiasts. Shot and directed by SA-native Lebogang Rasethaba, the 8-minute video features interviews with Black Coffee, Okmalumkoolkat, Black Motion, Shimza, Culoe de Song, DJ Vinny Da Vinci, and dancers from Joburg's Indigenous Dance Academy, along with footage of the enthusiastic crowd in attendance that night. Watch Boiler Room and Ballentine's mini-doc on the dancing nation of South Africa below. For more from the series check out Black Coffee's Boiler Room 'Stay True South Africa' DJ Set.

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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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