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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #44: KYLA-ROSE SMITH OF FRESHLYGROUND

Download Kyla of Freshlyground's exclusively South African mixtape for our Africa In Your Earbuds series.


For the fourty-fourth installment of Africa In Your Earbuds we tap Kyla-Rose Smith, the violinist/singer of Cape Townf afro-pop staple Freshlyground, who delivers an alluring overview on the highly-diverse angles of South African music. Kyla's eclectic mix cruises from Miriam Makeba and Thandiswa Mazwai to the likes of Sibot, encompassing the wide range of sounds coming out of SA.

"My mix is music entirely from South Africa," she explains, "and expresses the extreme and beautiful diversity of our country — we are so blessed to have this crazy melting pot boiling over, sometimes dangerously, sometimes just simmering like a good sauce."

Stream/download AIYE #44: Kyla-Rose Smith of Freshlyground, mixed with the help of JakobSnake, below and watch our recent Okayafrica TV episode with the group. Big up to Underdog for the cover art!

TRACKLIST

Intro - Freshlyground

Remember Sophiatown feat. The Skylarks - Miriam Makeba

Khula Tshitshi Lami - Mfaz'Onyama

Make It Happen feat. Thandiswa Mazwai - 340ml

True Love -Ilanga

Whose Fooling You - Stimela

Kow-Kow - Malombo

Asiyimbambeni Sonke - Herbie Tsoaeli

Amagwala - Zuluboy feat. Bhekumizi

Badder Than Who - Sibot feat. Theba

African Jive (Moto) - Dick Khoza

Kubi - Zim Ngqawana

Vrou van San Maria - Alex Van Heerden and Derek Gripper

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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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