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Video: Viral “Makmende” Signals Shift in African Music as Twitter Generation Takes Lead

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Since 2004, we at Modiba Productions have aimed to be Purveyors of Cultural Dopeness. We're the crew who brought you "ASAP: The Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project," introduced you to the son-of-a-legend, Vieux Farka Toure (who you most recently saw at the World Cup's Opening Ceremony Celebration), and are bringing it up to the present with Sierra Leone's finest, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew. Running an international record label, publishing and management company, we have the privilege of working with some amazing musicians, artists and organizations from around the globe, and have accordingly had the opportunity to share some of our stories via a column in The Huffington Post. The Modiba Column is HuffPost World's regular feature that highlights interesting musicians and musical trends around the world. So when our friends at Penya Records in Kenya saw the video for Just A Band's "Ha-He" turn into Africa's first "viral success," Modiba team writer Lars Russell dug a little deeper. To those who have heard at least one Chuck Norris joke (ie. Chuck Norris can win a game of Connect Four in three moves), the premise of the video is a familiar one: Makmende Amerudi is the infallible gangster that guys what to be and girls want to be with. Check out the full video, and then continue reading Lars Russell's take on the video and band that came to be known as Africa's first viral hit.

Continue reading at The Huffington Post's Modiba Column.

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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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