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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #21: MATHIEU SCHREYER

Download a 65-minute Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape from KCRW DJ/host Mathieu Schreyer.


French-born Mathieu Schreyer had a nomadic childhood which lead him to live in the North African nations of Morocco and Tunisia, as well as in Asia and the Middle East. Through these experiences he developed a extensive palette, and collection, of global sounds. Now established in L.A., Mathieu hosts his own KCRW radio show and holds down residencies at elite hangouts Bar Marmont and The Edison Downtown.

For his Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape, Mathieu wanted to "showcase the variety of styles in African music without loosing the feel of soul" within the diverse genres. He delivers a wide-lensed take on the continent, flowing from West Coast veterans Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou (Benin) and Ebo Taylor (Ghana) to modern semba sounds from Angola's Batida and more.

Grab AIYE #21: Mathieu Schreyer below! As always, hats-off to Underdog for the cover art. For more from Mathieu check out his solid World Cup 2010 mixtape with Reserve Radio.

TRACKLIST

Star band "thiely" (Senegal)

Donso "diya" (Paris)

Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou"aske" (Benin)

Ebo taylor "Assomdwee " (Ghana)

Madman jaga "hankuri " pedders remix (Nigeria)

Konkoma "handkershief" (UK/Ghana)

Tabu ley rochereau "aon aon" (Congo)

Owiny sogoma band "Doyoi Nyajo Nam " (Kenya/UK)

Francis bebey "new track " (Cameroon)

Soundspecies "fassiri mar "(UK)

Mo DJ "fitiri " (Mali)

Batida "ka heueh" (Angola/UK)

Bab lee " sous les cocotiers" (Ivory Coast)

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: BLK JKSALEC LOMAMIDJ MOMA, AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICAPETITE NOIROLUGBENGA, RICH 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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