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Ethiopian Beatmaker Mikael Seifu's 'Yarada Lij'

Ethiopian producer Mikael Seifu crashed onto our radar with his debut single 'Yarada Lij.'


Electronic producer Mikael Seifu crashed onto our radar today with an early taste of his eclectic beatmaking. The Ethiopian newcomer, who cites his influences as "ER, Burial, traditional Ethiopian folk, Scott Storch," is still a bit of a mystery to us. What we do know is that he was born and raised in Addis Ababa before going on to study music production at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Seifu's debut release, which premiered today at The Fader, is a nostalgic-futuristic hybrid of Burial-like ethereal production and Ethiopian folk instrumentals. It also has one of the hardest hitting saxophone lines we've heard all year. "Yarada Lij" is an early drop off Seifu's forthcoming 4-track EP via Washington DC's 1432 R. Look out for the rest of the release July 1st. Until then, listen to the title track below.

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Listen to Ami Faku's New Single 'Lala Ngoxolo' featuring Emtee

Ami Faku's new single 'Lala Ngoxolo' featuring Emtee is a much needed comforting song for the times we're in.

Ami Faku recently released her latest single "Lala Ngoxolo" featuring rapper Emtee. The song starts the year off on a soothing tone for the difficult times that South Africa is in. Ami Faku is best known for her emotionally evocative songs and "Lala Ngoxolo" keeps to that standard. The song is a bitter-sweet comforting tune to all battles that have been fought and comes on the background of South Africa's enduring battle with gender-based violence and COVID-19 pandemic.

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