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Saul Williams Shares The Video For His Fiery Call-To-Action 'Burundi'

Saul Williams rallies against the status quo in the music video for "Burundi," off the slam poet/actor/musician's 'Martyr, Loser, Kingdom' LP


Saul Williams has been keeping himself busy with his sixth, self-produced full-length album, Martyr, Loser, Kingdom, which the slam poet/actor/musician wrote and recorded across Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, New Orleans and New York. Described as a multimedia work that presents a digital conversation between the First and Third Worlds, and their respective street sounds, the project focuses on the act of political resistance with case studies from all over the globe. Two months ago Williams debuted a track from the LP entitled "Burundi," in reference to the current civil unrest rocking the Southeast African nation. Set to a haunting drone of synthesizer strings with guest vocals from Warpaint's Emily Kokal, the track sees Williams deliver an incendiary barrage of lyrics rallying against the corrupt status quo.

Today, the multifaceted artist premiered a new visual to accompany his fiery call-to-action over on ViceDirected by Kivu Ruhorahoza with graphics by Antonio Ribeiro, the video stars Williams in the role of a computer hacker rebel delivering his manifesto in the backdrop of drone strikes, burning vehicles and computer motherboards. "The power of being will always prevail over the powers that be, but not without effort on our end to connect our voices & struggles," Williams wrote on his Tumblr. "Staying informed about the happenings in the world is no longer difficult. Connect the dots & uplift the consciousness of the entire fucking world. (Side-effects may include getting shot by over militarized police who kill with impunity, facing serious time because of unchecked hacking & surveillance laws that were passed under our noses while the media preached fear….)."

Watch the intense new video for "Burundi" below. For more, grab a download of Saul Williams' Africa In Your Earbuds Mixtape.

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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'

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