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Die Antwoord North American + Australian Tour


South Africa's Die Antwoord sparked a bit of a comment flame-war when we posted their latest video for “Fok Julle Naaiers” (above) earlier this month. We at the Okayafrica bunker are into their freak-rap experiment. If you feel the same, catch the crew live on their upcoming North American and Australian tour dates in promotion of TEN$ION, due January via the group's own ZEF RECORDZ.

Die Antwoord North America and Australia Tour

02-09 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre

02-10 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

02-11 New York, NY - Irving Plaza

02-14 Toronto, Ontario - The Phoenix Concert Theatre

02-19 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom

02-22 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom

02-24 Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia

02-25 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues

03-03 Brisbane, Australia - Doomben Racecourse: Future Music Festival

03-04 Perth, Australia - Arena Joondalup: Future Music Festival

03-10 Sydney, Australia - Royal Randwick Racecourse: Future Music Festival

03-11 Melbourne, Australia - Flemington Racecourse: Future Music Festival

03-12 Adelaide, Australia - Ellis Park: Future Music Festival

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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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