Ethiopian Beatmaker Mikael Seifu Shares 'The Lost Drum Beat'

Mikael Seifu blends off-beat UK garage beatwork with traditional Ethiopian folk sounds in his new single "The Lost Drum Beat"

Ethiopian beatsmith Mikael Seifu landed on our radar last year with the top track of 2014 choice "Tuff Ruff" and his impressive 4-track Yarada Lij EP, which showcased an alluring blend of Burial-style UK garage and house production with traditional Ethiopian folk sounds. The Addis Ababa-based producer now returns with "The Lost Drum Beat," a hypnotic tune built on off-beat melodic hits, murky vocal samples and saxophones. The single will be one of two tracks on a new Mikael Seifu release from Washington, D.C. imprint 1432 R, due June 19.  Stream "The Lost Drum Beat" below and, for more, explore Mikael's hazy journey through reinterpreted Ethiopian folk sounds in his Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape.

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EFF Calls Out President Cyril Ramaphosa On Slow COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

South Africa's opposition party leader, Julius Malema, has demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa speed up the distribution rate of COVID-19 vaccines.

Julius Malema has reportedly instructed President Cyril Ramaphosa to release South Africa's detailed COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy. Malema added that his party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), would initiate a sit-in at vaccination centres should Ramaphosa fail to share this national vaccination plan by the end of April 2021. This comes after the South African government's last announcement of the vaccine rollout plan two months ago.

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