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Ethiopian Beatmaker Mikael Seifu Shares 'Brass'

Addis Ababa-based producer Mikael Seifu shares the slow-building 13-minute single "Brass," off his upcoming 'The Lost Drum Beat' release.


Addis Ababa-based beatmaker Mikael Seifu dropped the stunning and hypnotic "The Lost Drum Beat” earlier this month, the lead single off his upcoming 2-track release on Washington, D.C. imprint 1432 R. The Ethiopian producer is now sharing the release's 13-minute B-side "Brass," a slow-building, free-form electronic composition that evolves from a minimal introduction into a beat built on UK garage, Ethiopian folk sounds and looping saxophone sirens. For more from the Mikael Seifu, revisit his journey through reinterpreted Ethiopian sounds on his Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape. Stream "Brass" below and order The Lost Drum Beat on 1432 R's bandcamp.

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Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

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Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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