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Listen to a New Song by TellaMan From His Upcoming Album Which Will Feature Nasty C, Shekhinah, Rowlene & crownedYung

Tellaman is releasing his debut album in February.

Durban singer, songwriter and producer Tellaman is finally releasing his debut album. The project, which is titled God Decides, is coming on the 1st of February. It will feature Shekhinah, Rowlene, frequent collaborator Nasty C, and up-and-coming Durban-based MC crownedYung.


When you pre-order or pre-save God Decides, you'll get "Hit Me Up +27737088688," the only song available from the album so far. The tune sees the artist croon to a woman who he wants to be with after an unsuccessful previous relationship. He does this over a luxurious soft trap instrumental that boasts sexy ambient pads and 808s.

Read: The 10 Best TellaMan Features

"Hit Me Up +27737088688" is sexually explicit, which is nothing new from Tellaman, who has revealed himself as a freak of note in his previous singles and guest appearances.


A Tellaman album is long overdue. The man has been assisting your favorite artists by way of solid hooks—he has appeared on albums and singles by Nasty C, Da L.E.S, DJ Speedsta, DJ Hudson, DJ Dimplez, Duncan and a whole lot more.

Tellaman has released two stellar EPs—2016's Mind vs Heart and 2017's Lucid Dream. In the former, the artist proved his versatility in full as the first half of the project saw him croon over hip-hop beats, and the remaining half, house beats.

Pre-order or pre-save God Decides on an online store and streaming platform of your choice.


‎God Decides by Tellaman itunes.apple.com

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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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