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1980s Ethiopian Analog Synth From Hailu Mergia [Download]

First single from the upcoming Awesome Tapes From Africa LP. Ethiopian music from Hailu Mergia.


For their upcoming release, aces of crate-digging Awesome Tapes From Africa travel to Ethiopia to uncover an instrumental treasure. On his 1985 cassette, accordion/keyboardist Hailu Mergia bathed traditional Ethiopian works in a breezy layers of accordion and analog synth. If the reissue’s first single “Shilele” is any indication of Mergia’s power to soothe ears, mellow synth from the rest of the LP will make for a spell-setting throwback. Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument is available June 25 on LP/CD/MP3/Tape via ATFA.

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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