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OneBeat's '2013 Mixtape' Featuring Blinky Bill & Mpumi Mcata

Stream OneBeat's 2013 Mixtape featuring Just A Band's Blinky Bill and BLK JKS' Mpumi Mcata.


Last year,  Just A Band‘s Blinky Bill and BLK JKS‘ Mpumi Mcata took part in OneBeat, a one-month residency program that brings musicians from across the globe to the U.S. to collaborate, produce and perform original tracks. The fruits of those collaborations are now seeing the light of day in the 11-track OneBeat 2013 Mixtape, which offers a blend of folk songs, synthpop, experimental hip hop, and funk. "Each song is the product of the collaborations that began during the program in September '13, while many of the musical partnerships were continued — often via the internet — after the program concluded," OneBeat mentions. Mpumi, who previously wrote on the potential of the project as a catalyst for cross-cultural dialogue, adds dark waves of guitar to the airy "Vojak," while Blinky Bill features in "Counting Song" and "Raindrop," a cloudy electronic collaboration with Russian producer Mitya Burmistrov and Malabika. Blinky Bill told us back in March to expect more collaborations with Mitya and a video for "Raindrop" soon. Stream those tracks and the rest below in OneBeat 2013 Mixtape.

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Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

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Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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