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.

Photo by Rachel Seidu.

#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.

It has been reported that security forces in Nigeria have opened fire on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Several reports from various media outlets have confirmed this incident after numerous images and videos emerged on social media. The footage reveals protesters running away from security forces as they fire live rounds into the crowds while others have been shown to be injured. No fatalities have as yet been officially confirmed by mainstream media. Protesters have continued mass demonstrations against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been now been "rebranded" by the Nigerian government to a new unit termed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

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