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Maleek Berry And Wizkid Team Up For 'One Life'

Download StarBoy Entertainment producer Maleek Berry and Nigerian superstar Wizkid's breezy, piano-backed single "One Life."


Wizkid links up with London-based producer/songwriter Maleek Berry once again for their latest joint single "One Life." The new track sees the StarBoy Entertainment signees — who've previously joined forces on "Amin," "Feel Me," "The Matter," and "Love You" — come through with a breezy, piano-backed Naija pop tune laced with Wizkid's signature croons. Keep an eye out for more Maleek Berry singles coming this year as he readies an upcoming collaboration project with several acts, as well as his own solo release. For more from Wizkid, revisit his recent South African-shot music video and single for "Expensive Shit." Stream and download Maleek Berry and Wizkid's "One Life" below.

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>>>Download: Maleek Berry "One Life" featuring Wizkid

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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