Dutty Artz 6 Years Deep Compilation: L'Afrique Est Un Pays EP

The final edition of Dutty Artz 6 Years Deep Compilation features the 'L'Afrique Est Un Pays' EP.

NYC-based independent label Duttz Artz — home of OKA favorites DJ/RuptureChief Boima, Old Money, Geko Jones and Lamin Fofana — is celebrating six years of existence as a forward-pushing, global music imprint. Marking the occasion is 6 Years Deep — a compilation of geographically-oriented EPs summarizing the Dutty Artz experience in 2013. The final edition in the series, L’Afrique Est Un Pays, delivers five offerings spanning the continent and the diaspora in the spirit of the Dutty Artz' revitalized mission statement: "a movement of global participation and belonging intertwined with the issues that globalization forces us to think about and deal with."

Keeping with the series' post-colonial literary theme, the EP kicks off with BK-based Sierra Leonean producer Lamin Fofana's homage to the late Chinua Achebe — featuring an appropriated edit of Binyavanga Wainaina’s reflection on meeting Achebe. On "Leave Me Alone," Queens-based Nigerian-American rapper Kev responds to the haters trying to deny his African identity, instead toasting to being a "westernized African" with help from Haz Ali, who sings in Wolof on the hook. For his contribution Boima serves up a Bubu Gang-inspired dub reworking. Next comes Africa Latina, the acoustic undertaking of Geko Jones, Uproot Andy, Chief Boima, Parfum Zola, and Issac Katalay. And, lastly, Fédéric Galliano brings kuduro madness with help from Luanda-based vocalist Monica. Listen to the full 6 Years Deep compilation below and take a look at the L'Afrique Est Un Pays EP tracklist.

L’Afrique Est Un Pays

1) Binyavanga Wainaina Remembers Chinua Achebe (Lamin Fofana Grace Edit)

2) Kev – Leave Me Alone feat. Haz Ali

3) Chief Boima – Lek U Culture (Bubu Crunk Dub)

4) Africa Latina – Elikia

5) Frédéric Galliano – Dj Bate no meu bumbum (feat. Monica)

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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)

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