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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #32: M1 OF DEAD PREZ

AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #32. M1 mixtape featuring cuts from D'banj, The Very Best, Estelle, D'angelo, LL Cool J, R. Kelly + more.


It's no secret that dead prez have been championing social action and promoting pan-Africanism since day one — see: most any track on their 2000 debut album Let's Get Free, in particular "I'm A African." So we were thrilled when M1, mere weeks after hopping off Damon Albarn's Africa Express Train Tour through the UK, hit us up with his own episode of Africa In Your Earbuds.

AIYE #32: M.A.M.A. Vol. 1, mixed by DJ/producer mikeflo, runs through a steroid-injection of mainstream hits and classic tunes with ties to the continent featuring D'banj, The Very Best, Estelle, D'angelo, LL Cool J, R. Kelly, Youssou N'Dour and more. Stream and download this special Earbuds below. Credit to Underdog for the artwork.

M1 of dead prez & mikeflo present: M.A.M.A. Vol. 1

D'Banj - Oliver Twist (Nigeria)

Estelle - Oliver Twist Remix (UK/Senegal/Grenada)

The Very Best - Yoshua Alikuti (Malawi/Sweden)

Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango (Cameroon)

African Funk - Monomo, Mandrill, Peter King

Canibus ft. Youssou N'Dour - How Come (Haiti/Jamaica/Senegal)

K'naan - Somalia (Somalia)

Tlahoun Gessesse - Yene Mastawesha (Ethiopia)

Toto - Africa (UK?)

Nakaaya - Mr. Politician (Tanzania)

Third World Girl - Marvin Gaye (US/DC)

Asa - Jailer (Nigeria)

Stephen Marley - Made in Africa (Jamaica/Nigeria/Ghana)

Luciano - One Way Ticket (Jamaica)

LL Cool J - Def Jam in the MotherLand (US/NYC)

Stetsasonic - A.F.R.I.C.A. (US/N.Y.C.)

Awadi - Roots (Senegal)

Awadi - LeSilence (Senegal)

D'Angelo - Africa (US/Virginia)

R'Kelly - My Africa (US/Chicago)

Maurice Joshua - R. Kelly (US/Chicago)

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: BODDHI SATVAL’AFRIQUE SOM SYSTEMENOMADIC WAXTHE BROTHER MOVES ONLVBEN ASSITER [JAMES BLAKE'S DRUMMER]JAKOBSNAKECHRISTIAN TIGER SCHOOLSAUL WILLIAMSTUNE-YARDSMATHIEU SCHREYERBLK JKSALEC LOMAMIDJ MOMAAWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICAPETITE NOIROLUGBENGARICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA

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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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