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11 Samples From 'Éthiopiques': A Brief History of Ethio-Jazz Cultural Exchange

11 songs that sample from the golden age of Ethiopian jazz featuring Mulatu Astatke, Nas, K'naan, Madlib, Jay Z and more.

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 dudes jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

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Protests Sparked Over K’naan’s HBO Series ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’

K’naan's performance at a Minneapolis block party was cut short over protests about his new HBO series "Mogadishu, Minnesota."

Over the weekend, K’naan performed at a block party concert in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside—the focal point of the city’s Somali community—in support of a TV pilot for his upcoming HBO series “Mogadishu, Minnesota.”

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