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Here's a 1970s Sudanese Jazz Track From Kamal Keila

These revivals of the "James Brown or Fela Kuti of Sudan's" tracks are giving us life.

"Taban Ahwak," is yet another funky, jazzy, Sudanese-sound inspired track from Kamal Keila that must be heard.

Habibi Funk Records is re-releasing another jewel from Kamal Keila's album, Muslims and Christians, and we're excited to be premiering it here for you to revel in with us.


Keila never failed to harmoniously incorporate Eritrean, Ethiopian, Shilluk, Dinka, South Sudan and South Kordofan beats and melodies in his music, making his records timeless, multi-diverse journeys through Africa.

Keila is also a mastermind in exploring the history of Sudan and its political crisis dating all the way back from the 60s and beyond. Part of the thrill in listening to his music is knowing that Keila's method of switching between singing in Arabic and English on his tracks was his tactic as an activist.

As Sudanese-British journalist, Yousra Elbagir put it:

"He [Keila] believes that artistic expression is more than entertainment and should be driven by a message. The messages he chose to underpin his songs would turn out to be the biggest social and political issues Sudan would come to face. Knowing that his political messages could inevitably land him in jail, Keila sang his most controversial songs in English so that they would y under the radar of the Arab-aligned regime."

You will be able to obtain the track, "Taban Ahwak," and Keila's full album, Muslims and Christians on July 6th via Habibi Funk, now available to pre-order.

In the meantime, enjoy the premiere of the full track, "Taban Ahwak" 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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