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You Need to Listen to Efya and Mr Eazi's 'Mamee'

The Nigerian singer and Ghanaian songstress just released their second collaboration.

We've been waiting for a follow-up to Mr Eazi and Efya's "Skintight" for two years—and it's finally here.

The two are back with a new single "Mamee," meaning "Give Me." The dance track, which was originally teased on Efya's birthday back in April, has the two artists discussing a complicated relationship. They sing to each other about having physical chemistry, but question whether or not its "true love."

The track is anchored by the same dancehall beat and slow vocals that made "Skintight" a hit, propelling Mr Eazi and his Banku music to greater popularity. While "Skintight" producer DJ Juls' sound is notably absent in "Mame (Give Me)," MOG Beatz brings his own production spin on the new song.

This is Efya's second release of the year, following her ode to female empowerment in "Whoman Woman" last month.

As for Mr Eazi, he's featured on a number of new songs in recent months, such as WSTRN's "Love Struck", Mist's "Display Skills" and "Take Over" with Da Beatfreakz (which dropped this week as well). These may signal the kind of sound we'll expect to hear from him in his next album, Life Is Eazi, Vol. 2 – Lagos To London.

Listen to Efya and Mr Eazi's "Mamee (Give Me)" below

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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