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Peter King 'Omo Lewa' [Secret Stash 1976 Reissue]

Minneapolis imprint Secret Stash reissues Peter King 'Omo Lewa.'


Secret Stash, who is no stranger to the Peter King catalog, is offering a reissue of the long out of print Omo Lewa on their website starting today– the infamous Black Friday in the states. To sweeten the pot, it's going to be offered in the limited edition coke bottle green with red/pink splatters– but only while the 350 copy run is in stock. The colored run has become a common practice with the label, typically offering a limited edition version to the first copies of their releases and then filling out the rest of the run on standard black vinyl (and sometimes offering the same album on CD).

The album was recorded in 1976 in London, originally released on the Orbitone Records label, which had released a handful of other King titles as well as material from Nkengas (another band Secret Stash has reissued). King's signature can be heard all over the album as he was a multi-instrumentalist, capable of playing bass, drums, flute, keyboards, and tenor sax. So how do you know if you'd like it? Here are two songs from the sub-30 minute album. "Afro-Funk" lives up to its title with a killer "doo doo doo" bit by the vocalists. The only thing missing is a breakbeat, but we're not complaining.

"Ajo," on the other hand, rides a little funk but uses a strong jazz vibe thanks to a great sax lead.

If you're looking to beef up your afro-funk collection, Omo Lewa is an excellent place to start. Fear not, however, if you miss out on the initial Black Friday offering– the album will be released on January 21, 2014, on black vinyl and CD. However, if colored vinyl and an early release is what gets you going, then jump on this offer– especially for a cool $20. You don't even have to leave your couch/favorite chair... the Peter King Omo Lewa reissue is available in the Secret Stash online store starting today!

Omo Lewa Tracklist:

1. Omo Lewa

2. Yere Africa

3. Afro-Funk

4. Eda

5. Ajo

6. Congo

7. Ko Dara

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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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