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Listen to Tony Allen's 'Ire Omo' Off His Forthcoming 'Film Of Life' LP

Tony Allen reveals new single "Ire Omo" off Upcoming LP 'Film of Life'.


Afrobeat legend Tony Allen continues to build anticipation for his tenth studio album, Film of Life, by dropping yet another track off the LP. Set for release next week, the 10-track project is conceived as a sonic self-portrait of Allen's enduring career as a musical innovator and technical master. The album features a few collaborative efforts, including "Go Back," a track with Damon Albarn that was released in early July. On his latest single, "Ire Omo," Allen reaches out again, this time to the Nigerian all-female folk singing group Adunni & Nefertiti. Taken within the context of self-reflection, "Ire Omo" can be seen as Tony Allen's nod to his impactful contributions as the rhythmic backbone of the now infamous Africa 70 band. The lively pacing of Allen's percussive polyrhythms, mixed with the chorus of female voices and tight horn arrangements certainly sound reminiscent of afrobeat's golden age. Listen to the the new single below and be sure to check out the full release on October 14 from Jazz Village.

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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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