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Odunsi at Gidi Fest 2018. Photo: Tej/Gidi Fest.

Listen to Odunsi The Engine's New Single 'Divine' Featuring Davido

This catchy tune will soundtrack your weekend.

Odunsi The Engine is the fast-rising producer and singer who is transforming Nigerian music with his unique blend of afro-fusion.

After signing a major publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music earlier this year, the Lagos-based sensation is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming debut album, Rare.

His new single is finally here and it features OBO himself, Davido. The duo dropped hints of a collaboration months ago and it got all the fans buzzing in anticipation. Well, we're here to say that it was worth the wait!


Produced by Hvrry of 80sounds, "Divine" is a bouncy R&B track with honest and romantic wordplay and a retro feel to it. This linkup between the "King of Afrobeats" and a vanguard of the Alté movement was the collaboration we never knew we needed but we are totally here for it!

So nod your head this weekend to this catchy tune.


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The Sounds of Somali Supergroup 4 Mars

A seminal anthology of 4 Mars, a 40-member Somali supergroup formed in 1977, is coming out via Ostinato Records.

In 2019, Ostinato Records became the first label granted access to the grand Archives of Radiodiffusion-Télévision de Djibouti (RTD), a vault of secrets and stories from East Africa. Below, Ostinato Records founder Vik Sohonie writes about their new release, Djibouti Archives Vol. 1: Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura.

In 1977, on the eve of independence of the Republic of Djibouti, a small country on the Red Sea in East Africa, a densely packed archive was pieced together in a quiet corner of the national radio. Over the years, it became a premier but largely unknown African archive housing thousands of master reels and cassettes of the finest East African sounds.

It has endured fires and theft of invaluable recordings. Those scars linger on the delicate films of quarter-inch reels and cassette tapes. It remains one of the most expansive, well-maintained archives in Africa—but also one of the most restrictive. For decades, the archive remained off-limits to foreign entities of any kind.

In 2019, after negotiations spanning many years, Ostinato Records became the first label granted access to the grand Archives of Radiodiffusion-Télévision de Djibouti (RTD), a vault of secrets and stories—from East Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, and of course Djibouti itself.

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