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Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate's Forthcoming 'Faya' Debut

Watch singer Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate's video for 'Faya,' the first track from their upcoming afro-blues hip hop infused album.


New York/England-based rapper/beatboxer/singer-songwriter Joe Driscoll and Guinea's Kora extraordinaire Sekou Kouyate have been making music together ever since they met way back in 2010 at the Nuit Metis festival in Marseille. Since then the duo have taken their fresh afro-blues infused hip-hop folk to audiences worldwide– and, word is out that they'll be joining the likes of Jupiter & Okwess International and The Nile Project at Zanzibar's Sautiza Busara Festival.

The duo's full-length debut Faya is set to drop February 18th. The video for the album's first taste features a hooded Driscoll and a candle-lit Kouyate spreading their moody atmospheric vibes across Bristol city. Kouyate's spellbinding kora provides a perfectly unexpected melodic undertone to Driscoll's dexterous flow. Watch the video and grab a download of "Faya" below. Look out for Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate's debut February 18th via Cumbancha Discovery.

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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'

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