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Que Bajo Records Releases 'Angola Ting' EP Perfectly Timed with the Afro-Latino Fest in NYC

NYC global bass pioneers Uproot Andy and Geko Jones retrace Semba’s Trans-Atlantic roots in Cuban rumba.

Que Bajo Records drops Angola Ting EP, featuring two golden-era, Angolan semba tracks remixed by New York global bass pioneers Uproot Andy and Geko Jones.


Their releases are aptly timed with the 3-day long Afro-Latino Festival happening in NYC this weekend.

The producer-DJs retrace the roots of Semba—traditional and modern Congolese and Angolan tango—and its trans-Atlantic connection to Cuba’s rumba, but in a modern framework.

“Angolan semba has what seems to be a very Latin sound to our ears and aside from just loving these songs we felt they worked really well in our dj sets as a bridge between Latin music and African music,” Uproot Andy and Geko Jones tells Okayafrica in a statement. “Remixing these tracks seemed like a perfect way to both recall the historical connection and also bring together modern Latin and African electronic music.”

Angola Ting EP is characterized by Afro-house and Dominican dembow rhythms that not only bang in the club but also honor the swing and emotion of the originals.

Be sure to hit up the Afro-Latino Festival from July 8 to 10, featuring stage acts Nina Sky, Maluca, Nickodemus, Rich Medina, Madame Vacile, El Freaky Colectivo, DJ Jigüe, Bulla el Barrio and QUE BAJO?! resident and co-founder GekoJones. In the meantime, check out Uproot Andy and Geko Jones’ jams below:

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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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