Liberian-Italian MC Karima's Chicago Juke-Influenced 'Revolution In Progress' Mixtape

Stream Liberian-Italian rapper, dancer & beatmaker Karima's Chicago juke and techno-influenced 'Revolution in Progress' mixtape.

Earlier this year, Liberian-Italian MC, dancer, and beatmaker Karima premiered the thumping "Bantu Juke." Now, the musician is sharing her first mixtape in the style of 'bantu juke,' a self-coined genre that mixes Chicago juke with elements of techno, hip-hop, house, UK bass and her Liberian roots. The nearly thirty-minute-long, self-written & produced Revolution in Progress mixtape blazes through drum zaps and jittery electronics as Karima fiercely reflects on the meaning of revolution.

The mix stars off with a chopped sample of Common's Kanye West and The Last Poets-featuring "The Corner," with Karima spitting verbal bullets over electronic spools and reggae-inflected effects. Revolution in Progress then runs through a number of original productions and a juke remix of Atlanta R&B group Xscape's "Feels So Good," creating a danceable call to action. Speaking to Okayafrica about her mixtape, Karima writes:

"Revolution in Progress mixtape talks about the revolution that I'm living in a different way to think and to be. It's the full picture of how I'm feeling. My history is not only about the past, but also about the present: who I am today and what is my true purpose in life. This revolution is the vision of a new world free from any form of social and political oppression. As Amiri Baraka said 'Only Revolution Will Set Us Free'"

Listen to Karima's Revolution in Progress mixtape below. The tracks "Bad Gal Juke" and "Bantu Juke Fever" will be available in 10" vinyl format on June 29 via Dutch label Anus Records.

Revolution in Progress Tracklist:

01. Power to the people*

02. Bantu Juke

03. 32 bars

04. Badgal Juke (forthcoming ANUS Records)

05. Shut Up

06. Evolution

07. Xscape - Feels so good ( Karima juke remix)

08. Bantu Juke Fever (version)

09. Bantu Juke Fever (forthcoming ANUS Records )

Outro "Amiri Baraka" poet and novelist

*Samples taken from Common feat. The Last Poets "The Corner‎"

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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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