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Beat Making Lab's 'Des Yelal' EP Featuring #EthiopiaChallenge Azonto Beat Winners

The 'Des Yelal' EP features the top three beats chosen by Fuse ODG for Beat Making Lab's #EthiopiaChallenge.


A few weeks ago we reported that Beat Making Lab joined forces with Major Lazer's Walshy Fire to find the future of Ethiopiazonta production– a challenge which saw aspiring beatmakers concocting afrobeat/azonto dance beats using samples of a traditional masinko instrument and an Ethiopian soccer chant. The top three beats, chosen by Ghanaian/UK Fuse ODG, would be featured on an the Des Yelal EP along with two Beat Making Lab originals (to be released via Mal Dicen x Latino Resiste x ARTVSM). Well the time has come and our Azonto dance king judge has spoken. Stream the #EthiopiaChallenge winners below.

First Place: Kid Kreol & Boogie

Second Place: Cam-Cam

Third Place: VINI

Ethiopian Beat Making Lab "Des Yelal"

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