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Gabriel Teodros & SoulChef Premiere Their Protest Video For 'Greeny Jungle'

Watch Ethiopian-American rapper Gabriel Teodros and SoulChef's #BlackLivesMatter protest video for "Greeny Jungle."


Seattle-based Ethiopian-American rapper Gabriel Teodros and New Zealand producer SoulChef share the music video for "Greeny Jungle," a marimba-sampling highlight off their joint Evidence Of Things Not Seen LP from last year. The powerful visuals for the single, directed by Scott Macklin & Eric Miller, feature Teodros and fellow Seattle MC Shakiah marching and performing alongside Seattle's January Black Lives Matter protests in reaction to the deaths of Eric GarnerMichael Brown, Trayvon Martin and countless others.

In an e-mail with Okayafrica, Teodros explains, "'Greeny Jungle' takes its title and some inspiration from an alternative universe in the speculative fiction works of Naijamerican novelist alien sorceress Nnedi Okorafor. The video captures a moment with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Seattle where an estimated 10,000 people marched from Garfield High School in Seattle's Central District to Downtown Seattle for #ReclaimMLK Day."

Watch Gabriel Teodros & SoulChef's visuals for "Greeny Jungle," premiering below, and grab Evidence Of Things Not Seen from Bandcamp. Teodros is currently on a short North American tour, see his remaining dates below.

Gabriel Teodros Tour Dates

February 20 | The College of Wooster w/ Bocafloja | Wooster, OH

February 27 | Bunna Cafe | Brooklyn, NY

March 1 | Bossa w/ The 1978ers (yU & Slimkat) | Washington, DC

March 5 | LoFi Performance Gallery w/ Abstract Rude & Myka 9 | Seattle, WA

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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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