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Nigerien Rock Outfit Tal National Share The Electric 'Zoy Zoy'

Listen to Nigerien rock group Tal National's fast, guitar-based title track from their forthcoming 'Zoy Zoy' LP.


Earlier this month, Nigerien rock group Tal National released the explosively poignant, Tree of Ténéré-referencing "Tenere" from their forthcoming sophomore LP Zoy Zoy. Now, the French-speaking collective, whose previous album Kaani was named one of 2013's best by The New York Times, share the title track off Zoy Zoy. Like "Tenere," "Zoy Zoy" is a fast piece of spinning guitars and quick drums, but has a more communal spirit than its predecessor as not only lead vocalist Almeida but many of the band members sing over the ensuing musical riot. Tal National's upcoming Zoy Zoy album is scheduled for release on April 14 via FatCat Records. The Nigerien band are also headed on a North American tour this spring. Full dates, including a performance at Pace University’s Schimmel Center in New York City, can be found below. Listen to Tal National's "Zoy Zoy" over at NPR and revisit their video for "Claire" below.

Zoy Zoy Tracklist:

1. Zoy Zoy

2. Koana

3. Claire

4. Say Wata Gaya

5. Farila

6. Tenere

7. Kodaje

8. Saraounia

Tal National North American Tour

March 27 Dearborn, MI Arab American National Museum

March 31 Elmira, NY Elmira College, Gibson Theatre

April 2 New York, NY Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center

April 3 Marlboro, NY The Falcon

April 4 Hudson, NY Half Moon Hudson

April 7 Burlington, VT Nectar’s

April 8 New Haven, CT Café Nine

April 9 Northampton, MA Iron Horse

April 10 Somerville, MA Johnny D’s

April 11 Portland, ME SPACE Gallery

April 12 Troy, NY Sanctuary For Independent Media

April 15 Ithaca, NY The Haunt

April 17 Washington, DC Tropicalia

April 22 Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor

April 23 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5

April 26 Lafayette, LA Festival International de Louisiane

April 28 Austin, TX Sahara Lounge

April 30 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture

May 8 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom

May 9 Olympia, WA Olympia Ballroom

May 10 Seattle, WA Barboza

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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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