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Video: "Ntoto" by Fredy Massamba, New Album "Ethnophony"

Congolese artist Fredy Massamba released his album, Ethnophony featuring the single "Ntoto."

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This past spring, Congolese artist Fredy Massamba released his album, Ethnophony in France - and luckily we hear there is soon to be a U.S. release as well. With an exciting mix of soul, reggae and acoustic music reminiscent of Anthony Hamilton, Fredy incorporates many African sounds into the mix as well.  Speaking of the mix, the entire album including "Ntoto" was mixed by Tom Soares who's worked with Erykah Badu, Rakim, Alicia Keys and more. Check out the vid for his single "Ntoto" above.  Sung completely in Kikongo (the Bantu language spoken by the Bakongo and Bandundu of DRC), his songs speak of tolerance, love and hope for the African people. You can listen to the album in its entirety on his website, and then buy it HERE. After a receiving a wonderful response in Europe, Fredy is making his way to New York to present the album. After watching "Ntoto," be sure to check him out on tour (NYC + Europe) - dates after the jump.

 

Fredy Massamba NYC Tour Dates:

Southpaw, Brooklyn- Sept. 9

Farafina Cafe, Harlem- Sept. 10

Shrine, Harlem- Sept. 12

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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