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The Very Best Announces U.S. Tour Dates In Support Of 'Makes A King'

Malawian-Swedish duo The Very Best announces U.S. tour dates in support of their new album, 'Makes A King.'


Malawian-Swedish duo The Very Best are fresh off the release of their third album, Makes A King (out now on Moshi Moshi Records). Now, the group comprised of Malawian-born singer Esau Mwamwaya and London-based producer Johan Hugo have announced a string of U.S. tour dates. They'll also be stopping by a few festivals, including Bonnaroo, Gentlemen of The Road, the Sierra Nevada Fest, and Brooklyn's Northside (where they'll be playing a free show at McCarren Park with Heems). According to Hugo, "This time we really wanted to make a record that could be played by a band...Something really organic, so there’s not as many electronic instruments on Makes A King."

For more from The Very Best, watch them perform a pair of tracks off Makes A King in Mafilika in Kumbali Village, Malawi, as well as the 8-bit video game visuals for "Let Go." See the full list of dates on their forthcoming U.S. tour below.

The Very Best U.S. Tour Dates

June 4 - Pritzker Pavilion At Millienium Park - Chicago, IL

June 5 - Gentlemen Of The Road - Seaside Heights, NJ

June 7 - TT The Bears - Cambridge, MA

June 9 - Underground Arts - Black Box - Philadelphia, PA

June 10 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC

June 11 - SOB's - New York, NY

June 12 - Northside Festival - Brooklyn, NY

June 14 - Bonnaroo Festival - Manchester, TN

June 16 - Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO

June 18 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN

June 19 - Gentlemen Of The Road - Waverly, IA

June 20 - Boulevardia - Kansas City, MO

June 21 - Sierra Nevada Fest - Boonville, CA

June 24 - The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA

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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'

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