Just A Band Are Going On Hiatus, Share Their Last Song 'African Kids These Days'

Kenya's Just A Band have announced that they’ll be taking a long break from working on music together to focus on their individual projects.

Just A Band. Photo via the artists' Facebook.

Kenya’s Just A Band have announced that they’ll be taking a long break from working on music together to focus on their individual projects. The electronic pop trio of Blinky Bill, Daniel Muli and Mbithi Masya were working on their fourth album together, from which they’d previously shared the single “Winning In Life” featuring Owuor Arunga.

A statement on Just A Band’s official site reads:

The band has been active since 2008, and we held it in our heads as a burning idea for five years before that. We've come to the point where a refresh is in order. And fortunately, the band has been super successful in one of its main goals since its inception: to open up opportunities for each of us in the collective to explore and express ourselves in all the manners and media and forms that we find compelling. For this, we can't thank you all enough.

We feel that Just A Band will be stronger as a unit for us taking the time to explore these paths and become stronger as individuals. We shall return as Voltron! (As opposed to the Ninja Turtles, haha.)

The band has announced their two final shows for the foreseeable future in Nairobi: April 8 at the Goethe Institut Auditorium and April 10 at Blankets and Wine.

Just A Band aren’t leaving us empty-handed though, they depart with the new synth-heavy instrumental jam “African Kids These Days,” which was recorded for their fourth album.

In terms of their own projects, Blinky Bill is readying a debut solo album tentatively titled Everyone's Just Winging It & Other Fly Tales, he's also working on a monthly RBMA Radio show. He'll also be Daniel, under his Nairobidhobi alias, will be working on a graphic novel and experimenting with comic collective Comi(K)ment Issues. And Mbithi is already finishing up his first feature-length film KatiKati, he’ll keep releasing music as RickySuede.

Stream Just A Band’s final song (for now) “African Kids These Days” and revisit their last video for "Winning In Life" below. Keep up with the group's individual projects here.

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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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