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Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi's Collaboration With WSTRN Is Fire

WSTRN's new music video for "Love Struck" featuring Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi will have you in your Summer feelings.

WSTRN, Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi's new music video for "Love Struck" is otherworldly.

Fans have been waiting in anticipation for the release of the music video for "Love Struck" when it was revealed that the West-London trio WSTRN would be collaborating with Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. Well, the wait is finally over.


The single encapsulates the feelings of being unapologetically in love. WSTRN took body rocking beats and along with Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi, threw dope bars in between.

The song premiered a few days ago under Atlantic Records UK, and the team did not wait long before finally dropping the music video.

You can view WSTRN's "Love Struck" below, now available on YouTube.

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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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