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Lose Yourself In Ethiopian Records' New East African Mixtape

Addis Ababa-based electronic beatmaker Endeguena Mulu releases a stockpile of new music.

Ethiopian Records—the alias of Addis Ababa-based experimental musician Endeguena Mulu (a.k.a E.R.)—delivers all-new music.


E.R. is the visionary behind the ‘Ethiopiyawi’ genre coming out of East Africa. And as the instrumentalist has done previously, Mulu penned a statement to accompany his sonic odyssey— in it, he admits the night scene where he’s built his persona isn’t his true comfort zone, and urges listeners of his playlist to avoid “enclav[ing] yourselves in one culture, one perspective, expectations, stereotypes and labels — whatever your culture and perspective might be.”

Mashing up Ethiopian folk, jazz elements, obscure vocal samples and electronica, E.R. says he meditated on the “chains one puts on oneself in order to fulfill expectations” while producing the mix.

The Boiler Room release is the genre-bending beatmaker’s way of expressing his gratitude to his listeners who grant him creative levity within the club scene. “To all those that have let me and other performers play, share, produce and release — thank you for trusting my/our spirit(s).”

Follow the tracklist while you give Ethiopian Records’ latest epic a full listen below.

01.Untitled (Unreleased) (Sample from Alemayehu Fanta-Fukera/Shilela) - Ethiopian Records

02.Lunar Visions (Ethiopian Records Remix) - Circula

03.Untitled (Samples Gigi, Fantahun & Wores- Tirut Y'abaten Lij , Guetachew Mekurya- Shellela) - Ethiopian Records

04.Ande - Ethiopian Records

05.Hetebet - Ethiopian Records

06.Teyent - Ethiopian Records

07.Sew Serash - Ethiopian Records

08.The Space Room - Ethiopian Records

09.Ye Nefse Maderia (Feat. Zion Rebels) - Ethiopian Records

10.Ethiopian Records- 4/4(Unreleased)(Samples from Ethiopian Records Journey to the Sun ft Fasil Mengistu and Zion Rebels, Guetachew Mekuria-Akalé wubé, Tellahun Guessesse and Mulatu Astatqe -Lantchi Beye)

11.Ethiopian Records - Berehan (Unreleased) (Washint-Ermias Seleshi, Samples from Miles Davis- All Blues)

12.Asnaqtche Worku - Menguedegnaw lebe

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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) www.youtube.com

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