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Sahel Sounds' Soothing Mix For Boiler Room: Upfront Series

Listen to Sahel Sounds' mix for Boiler Room's Upfront series, featuring songs from their forthcoming releases in 2015.


In a busy year that has included the making of the first ever Taureg language film, Sahel Sounds founder Christopher Kirkley now shares his offering for Boiler Room's weekly Upfront series. Described by Kirkley as "a little sampling of what is to come in 2015," the 32-minute-long mix slides through several sounds while always emanating warmth. Talking to Boiler Room, Kirkley says:

"This mix was a chance to check in, and dig into the vaults – a well needed exercise on my part, so thank you Boiler Room. It's a preview of things to come, through tracks that are in various phases of production. Most of these will be on records and cassettes in 2015. Inchallah."

Starting with the curling guitars and soothing vocals of Kader Tanoutanoute's "Alhadi (Niger)," rumbled by the quick drums of such West African songs as Nigerien guitarist Fatou Seidi Ghali's "Tende (Niger)," and ending on Malian band Amanar's dusky "Sin Orane (Mali)," the compilation is both an exciting snippet of Sahel Sounds' forthcoming musical output and a pleasant standalone musical offering. Listen to Sahel Sounds' mix for Boiler Room's Upfront series below, and keep posted for more from the blog/record label.

Upfront 019: Sahel Sounds Tracklist:

00:00:00Alhadi (Niger) - Kader Tanoutanoute

02.Track 3 (Mali) - DJ Balani

04.Tende (Niger) - Fatou Seidi Ghali

05.Mix (Mali) - DJ Sandji

06.Ambience (Mali) - Supreme Talent Show ft. Djimy

07.Libyadh / Lebtayt (Mauritania) - Hussein Moktar

08.Kalitay (Mali) - Agali Ag Amoumine

09.Zabiya (Niger) - Azna De L'Ader

10.Jagaw (Niger) - Mdou Moctar

11.Aïr (Niger) - Etran

12.Sin Orane (Mali) - Amanar

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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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