Stream Fantasma's 'Eye Of The Sun,' The Title Track Off Their Debut EP

Stream South African "superband" Fantasma's "Eye Of The Sun," the title track off their debut EP via Soundway Records.

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"Sefty Belt," the first official track to come to light from South African "supergroup" Fantasma, has been on heavy rotation in Okayafrica HQs since it first introduced us to heavenly military snares in late August. The five-man band, whose debut EP Eye of the Sun we've been looking forward to all year, unites afro-futurist renaissance man Spoek Mathambo with Attridgeville Pretoria’s bacardi house hero DJ Spoko (whose debut album War God arrived last month on Lit City Trax), guitarist Andre Geldenhuys (from the Cape Town bluesy rock band Machineri), Durban maskandi multi-instrumentalist Bhekisenzo Cele, and drummer Mike Buchanan. According to their bio, the group's hybridized take on future Mzansi music "weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk."

Today they've unveiled a second cut off the five-song EP, the frenetic title track. "Eye Of The Sun," which premiered over at Dummy, is the more psych-influenced of the group's twin offerings– this time Geldenhuys' guitar and Cele's bass taking command alongside Spoko's hyper-speed production and a pair of verses from Spoek. Eye of the Sun (which can be pre-ordered here) is due out 10 November via Soundway Records. Fantasma are set to make their first ever UK headline show at the 100 Club in London on 18th November.

In related news, back in June Spoek began letting loose a series of solid mixtapes dedicated to (and sometimes assembled by) key players on South Africa's electronic music landscape as a part of the Future Sound of Mzansi Mix Series. With the film set to begin its first string of South African screenings this month, the series returns today with 29 minutes of reworked and warped hip-hop-influenced bass from Cape Town's glowLDB beatmaker Wildebeats.

Wildebeats Future Sound of Mzansi Mix Tracklist:

1) Ophelia x Wildebeats - Torture

2) The Brother Moves On - Party @ Parktown Mansions (Wildebeats remix)

3) Wildebeats - Oxidate

4) Wildebeats - Cape Ether

5) Wildebeats - Dikeledi Drums (2697)

6) Brandy - Who is she 2 U? (Wildebeats remix)

7) Wildebeats - Bo$$ed Up

8) Michael Jackson - Thriller (Wildebeats Button Bashers remix)

9) Wildebeats - Saxy Gel (Fever)

10) Wildebeats - S.R.G. 2 ft. Seferino

11) Madonna - She's Not Me (Wildebeats Remix V2.0)

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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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