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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #33: BEATENBERG

Download anew Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape from South African pop music group Beatenberg


Cape Town trio Beatenberg play a saccharine blend of South African electropop. The band — composed of vocalist/guitarist Matthew Field, bass player Ross Dorkin and drummer Robin Brink — have been making waves in SA with the release of "Echoes," their infectious and airy ballad that dropped earlier this year.

The boys hold down the reigns for our latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds, delivering a robot-introduced (you'll see) multi-genre excursion into classic selections from around the continent — including tracks by Vieux Farka Touré, Bheki Mseleku, George Sibanda, Glen Lewis, and Fela.

Stream/download AIYE #33: Beatenberg below! Big up to Underdog for the cover artwork.

TRACKLIST

1. Great Circle's Tune II - Lukas Ligeti

2. Shukran Bamba - Youssou N'Dour - Senegal

3. Eyando - Richard Bona - Cameroon

4. Cherié Lé - Vieux Farka Touré - Mali

5. Akh Issudar - Terakaft - Mali

6. Otachikpopo - Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies - Nigeria

7. Gongs ga - Mustapha Tettley Addy (Master Drummer) - Ghana

8. Wicked Whispers - Andile Yenana - South Africa

9. Blues for Afrika - Bheki Mseleku - South Africa

10. Mamelodi - Bheki Mseleku - South Africa

11. Vumvum - Brown Dash - South Africa

12. Burn Out - Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse - South Africa

13. Baile - Taboo - South Africa

14. Indoda Yejazi Elimnyama - Amaswazi Emvelo - South Africa

15. Guabi Guabi - George Sibanda - Zimbabwe

16. Burnin' up - Glen Lewis - South Africa

17. Water No Get Enemy - Fela Kuti - Nigeria

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: M1 [DEAD PREZ]BODDHI SATVAL’AFRIQUE SOM SYSTEMENOMADIC WAXTHE BROTHER MOVES ONLVBEN ASSITER [JAMES BLAKE'S DRUMMER]JAKOBSNAKECHRISTIAN TIGER SCHOOLSAUL WILLIAMSTUNE-YARDSMATHIEU SCHREYERBLK JKSALEC LOMAMIDJ MOMAAWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICAPETITE NOIROLUGBENGARICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA

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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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