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UK Grime Meets Ethiopian Music In 'London To Addis'

A new 18-track release from No Hats No Hoods Records.

London To Addis follows various grime producers as they take cues from the instrumentation, time signatures, and musical scales of Ethiopian music.

The project started out in Addis Ababa, where No Hats No Hoods label co-founder Peter Todd (DJ Magic) spent a week recording traditional Ethiopian instruments like the krar, washint, masenqo and drums.

He then sent those raw recordings to an array of grime produces—the likes of Dexplicit, Ignorants, J Beatz and TC4, JT The Goon, Wize, Shudan, Proc Fiskal and Captain Over—for them to make into their own tracks.

"The inspiration for the project came when we visited Ethiopia in 2016 to shoot the video for Elf Kid's "Reload That" video," Peter Todd tells OkayAfrica via e-mail. " While we were there we met up with local producers and musicians but didn't get chance to work with them properly."

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Lazarus Is the Malawi Street Musician Fighting Against the Persecution of People With Albinism

His new single is "Ndife Alendo" is out now and a documentary will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.

Lazarus is a street performer based in Malawi whose story is both beautiful and dark. His music came into the eyes of producer Johan Hugo (The Very Best) when his friend sent him a clip of Lazarus performing in a shopping center in his home of Lilongwe with his homemade banjo.

As a person with albinism, Lazarus suffers a lot of senseless persecution in Malawi. "People with albinism in that part of Africa are hunted, killed or mutilated for their body parts," Johan explains via e-mail, "which some people think are magical, and are sold on black market for big money for witchcraft. It's a massive insane problem."

In order to shed light on the issue, the producer, who's worked with the likes of Baaba Maal and Mumford & Sons, decided to take on the project of recording an album with Lazarus. Johan traveled to Malawi alongside a documentary crew that included the Oscar-nominated, Emmy winning director David Darg and Bryn Mooser.

Together, they tracked down Lazarus, who they found still playing on the street to support his wife and two kids, who also have albinism. They recorded an album of Lazarus' songs with little extra production and the help of Johan's fellow member of The Very Best, Esau Mwamwaya, and a choir. Everything was recorded outdoors in the outskirts of Lilongwe. th

The album, Stomp On The Devil, will feature tracks that blend Lazarus' traditional Malawian style with modern folk. You can check out its lead single "Ndife Alendo" below. It comes paired with a remix by Moroka.

The Lazarus documentary is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

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Watch Santi's Striking New Video For 'Sparky'

A dark & beautiful look into death, grief, and violence for the Nigerian artist's latest single.

Santi's on a bit of a roll, following-up the success of "Rapid Fire" with his new single "Sparky," which dropped a few weeks ago.

The hazy and addictive new track, which was produced by Odunsi The Engine and Le Mav, now gets the visual treatment in the form of a striking, self-directed music video.

The new video for "Sparky" cycles through the loss of someone and the many emotions that come from it: anger, despair, grief and ultimately, in this video, violence.

"'Sparky' is a film about consequences and the minds of different people and how small events lead to unexpected results," Santi tells Crack Magazine.

"I wanted to do more storytelling in visuals because it's an important medium in which we can bring out various emotions in people. It was also key that we show everyone's creative ability. From the cast to the styling, to the cinematographers, everyone came together and brought their own essence into it, and that is the beauty of 'Sparky.'"

Watch Santi's new music video for "Sparky" below.

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