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Wax On: Shangaan Shake — DJ Rashad & Spinn + RP Boo


Wax On is a new series in which we highlight new Afrofuturist — modern African electronic — vinyl releases, in our first installement we feature DJ Rashad & Spinn and RP Boo's Shangaan remixes.

Chicago finally comes to Shangaan thanks to Honest Jons' December release of Shangaan Shake: DJ Rashad & Spinn/RP Boo. This latest addition of Shangaan remixes is an uncanny fit — Chicago footwork style seamlessly mixes with its distant and unrelated relative, Shangaan Electro, both with their 160 bpm speed and complex use of drum machines.  On the A-side DJ Rashad & Spinn go to town on the Tshetsha Boys with a hard, speedy bass while RP Boo goes halftime-banger-feel on some exquisitely chopped Shangaan Electro vocals on the B-side.  African-Diaspora collective-consciousness at its most contemporary. The release also boasts locked groove stabs for all you mix masters out there.

R.P. Boo Meets Shangaan Electro (clip) by Honest Jons

Rashad and Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys (clip) by Honest Jons

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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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