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Electronic Africa With Nozinja, Titica, DJ Spoko, Chief Boima,Dubbel Dutch & More

The upcoming Electronic Africa show in NYC will feature performances from Nozinja, Islan Chipsy & EEK, Titica, DJ Spoko, Chief Boima and more


This coming month Electronic Africa will be going down in New York City as part of Red Bull Music Academy. The event, which will take place at Brooklyn's Villain, will feature a standout roster of Okayafrica favorites that includes South African shangaan electro pioneer Nozinja, Angolan transgender kuduro queen Titica, SA 'bacardi house' creator DJ Spoko, Egyptian electro chaabi artists Islam Chipsy and EEK, global bass guru Chief Boima, and Brooklyn producer Dubbel Dutch. The performance will mark both Nozinja and Islam Chipsy's American live debuts. Grab your tickets at the link below and get in the mood for the show with Nozinja's "Tsekeleke" video and DJ Spoko's Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape. Enter to win a pair of tickets to the event underneath — contest is over, winners have been contacted! For more background, check out RBMA's From Makossa to Bacardi: African Music in New York City article. This isn't one to miss!

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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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