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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #66: OWINY SIGOMA BAND

Kenya-UK collective Owiny Sigoma Band share a new Africa In Your earbuds mixtape showcasing their hypnotizing Luo-meets-London compositions.


Cover Artwork by Underdog.

Nairobi-London collective Owiny Sigoma Band is formed by a revolving cast of Western Kenyan musicians and UK artists who seek to explore the sonic relationship between Luo and London through hypnotizing grooves. Earlier this year we premiered their ferocious single "Changaa Attack," a highlight from their just-released new album Nyanza — a 12-track collection of songs recorded in percussionist Charles Owoko and nyatiti player Joseph Nyamungu‘s home of Nyanza Province.

For our latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds, Owiny Sigoma Band offer up a large batch of their own unreleased material blended with the likes of 90s Ghanaian highlife-disco act Ata Kak. "This mix features several original and unreleased song sketches," the band explain. "The opening track is a re-edit from an old cassette we found in a dusty market in the Rift Valley - we added a tiny Casio keyboard drum whilst sitting on our veranda over looking Lake Victoria. Other tracks we found at the bazaar. Ata Kak... is just weird 90s ghanaian dance rap music... an odd ball. We also included some Owiny Sigoma demos including "Fisherman’s Camp Part 2" - a beat [keyboardist] Jesse Hackett made whilst suffering chronic dysentery."

Stream and download AIYE #66: Owiny Sigoma Band below and check out the mixtape's full tracklist underneath. Owiny Sigoma Band's Nyanza is available now through Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings.

Tracklist

1. Kararu Hits 1 - OSB Edit (unreleased - Kenya)

2. Yemmpa Aba - Ata Kak (Awesome Tapes - Ghana)

3. Kararu Hits 2 - OSB Edit (unreleased - Kenya)

4. Fishermans Camp Pt. 2 - OSB (unreleased - Kenya/UK)

5. The Grasshopper - Elmore Judd + Rowan Park (UK)

6. Track 2 - Charles Owoko (unreleased - Kenya)

7. Lucas Malore (Benny Hill edit) - OSB (unreleased - Kenya/UK)

8. Demo - Albert Sempeke + Jesse Hackett (unreleased - Uganda/UK)

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Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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