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Habibi Funk 004: A Mix Of 1970s-80s North African Vinyl

Featuring Algerian & Moroccan disco, an Egyptian James Brown cover, Tunisian reggae-soul and more vintage North African vinyl finds.


Throughout the year, Jakarta Records co-founder Jannis Stürtz has been collecting vintage Arabic records as he travels across Northern Africa in search of music to release on his new imprint Habibi Funk. In his latest Habibi Funk 004 mix, Jannis presents of some 1970s and 80s gems he came across while looking for the family of Casablanca artist Fadoul, whose Al Zman Saib album is being re-released through Habibi Funk in December. The 37-minute mix runs through some standout tracks from Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia, as well as two songs from Lebanon.

"In the last couple of month I had the privilege to be able to travel a lot for DJ gigs and in order to find Fadoul's family," Jannis explains in the mixtape's Soundcloud description. "I spent some time in Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan. This mix is some of the music I found, a few trades are in there too. It's quite a colorful range. Disco from Algeria and Morocco, a James Brown cover from Egypt, a modern soul meets reggae hybrid from Tunisia, a new Fadoul track that the internet doesn't seem to know of yet and some other great bits and pieces. Come along to another journey to the funky side of the Arab world."

Stream Habibi Funk 004 and check out the mixtape's tracklist below. For more throwback sounds check out the previously covered second and third installments in the series.

Habibi Funk 004 Tracklist

Ziad Rahbani - Electro Shock

Nordine Staifi - Oh-La-La

Little Prince - Kezzabi

Ouiness - Maa Lab Nat

Marwan Rahbani - The Visit

Fadoul - Al Zman Saib

Cats - Cold Sweat

Jema - Bob Marley

Robert Maalouf - Ana Wil Leyl

Ammar El Sheriyi - Gafno

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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