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Premiere: Gabriel Teodros x AirMe '24 Hour Layover'

Ethiopian/Seattleite MC Gabriel Teodros teamed up with Ethiopian-American producer AirMe on '24 Hour Layover.'


Photo of the original "24 Hour Layover" recording session provided by Gabriel Teodros

Life handed Gabriel Teodros a 24 hour layover and with that the Ethiopian/Seattleite MC made soulful wordplay for anyone who has ever felt in flux between two homes. Back in 2011 Teodros found himself in DC for the day, the intersection of his trip between Ethiopia (where he was touring Meklit Hadero, Burntface, Kaid and Saba Kahsay) and his Seattle hometown. With a few hours to spare, friends introduced Teodros to Ethiopian-American producer AirMe. The pair linked up that same day at a studio and recorded "24 Hour Layover." Said Teodros on the 10,000+ miles of separation at the heart of the recording:

"This one is for anyone that ever had to leave the people they love, when no parts of you really want to go. Also, especially for everyone that saw me off at the airport in Addis... I landed in DC and recorded this right away. Love"

Listen to Gabriel Teodros' latest below. "24 Hour Layover"– the initial impetus for a total of 20 tracks Teodros and AirMe would co-create a month later (and finish mastering the following year)– is the first single off the upcoming Children Of The Dragon LP. Stay tuned for more drops leading up to the album's May 7th release.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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