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Listen to the First Single From Muzi’s Upcoming Album 'Zeno'

Muzi teams up with Espacio Dios for his new single 'Good Vibes Only.'

Muzi announced his third studio album today. The 12-track project will be titled Zeno, and will feature Samthing Soweto, Bad Self, Blackrose, BCUC and Espcaio Dios.

The latter appears on the album's first single titled "Good Vibes Only." The song is yours when you pre-order or pre-save Zeno.


"Good Vibes Only," as the title suggests, is a feel-good tune. It features vocals from both Muzi and his guest. It's electronic music decorated with Afrocentric percussion and guitar.

"I decided to make this song as a compass of what I wanted my life to be," says Muzi in a press release, "and when that thought process was happening, Espacio was there. I am a big fan of his and being a close friend too, it was only right that he jumped on it."

Zeno will be Muzi's third album—it follows 2016's Boom Shaka and 2018's Zeno. The last release from Muzi was the EP Stimela Segolide which the artist and producer released in May.

Muzi has remained in his own lane in the last few years, and his profile has been steadily growing. His recent tour saw him perform on several festival stages across the globe: Boomtown Fair (UK), Afropunk Paris (France), Fusion Festival (Germany), La Magnifique Festival (France) and Afropunk Brooklyn (USA), among others.

Listen to "Good Vibes Only" below:




Muzi's upcoming shows:

21 September: Ara Deg Festival (Wales, UK)

22 September: Neuadd Ogwen w/ Gruff Rhys and Bill Ryder Jones (Wales, UK)

26 September: Pole Etudiant (Nantes, France)

27 September: Badaboum (Paris, France)

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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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