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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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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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