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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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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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