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Listen to Sauti Sol's New Album 'Afrikan Sauce'

Featuring collaborations with Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Vanessa Mdee, Nyashinski and many more.

Sauti Sol have been teasing their album, Afrikan Sauce, for a minute now.

We've already heard standout tracks like "Melanin," featuring Patoranking, "Short & Sweet"—which was one of our Best East African Songs of 2018 selections—and "Tujiangalie"alongside Nyashinski.

Well, the Kenyan Afro-pop band's 13-track Afrikan Sauce album is officially out today and features additional collaborations with Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Vanessa Mdee, Yemi Alade, Khaligraph Jones, Bebe Cool, Mi Casa, Toofan, Jah Prayzah, and C4 Pedro.

Sauti Sol has called the Afrikan Sauce project an "art and cultural exchange" with big names from across Africa.


When we last spoke to Sauti Sol in an interview, they gave us their reasons and formula for being successful artists living and working in Africa:

"There's no better way, if you dream, believe and work hard enough to be the best in your craft, every way is the best. Africa is the future and the world is now warming up and very receptive to African sounds. It's up to us to sell our authentic African art to the rest of the world."

Listen to Afrikan Sauce in its entirety below and purchase it here.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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