Spoek Mathambo's Future Sound Of Mzansi Mixtape Series: Zaki Ibrahim

Spoek Mathambo's 'Future Sound Of Mzansi Mixtape Series' returns with 22 minutes of music by Zaki Ibrahim.

Spoek Mathambo is behind two of the most exciting projects to come to light this year. First there's his and DJ Spoko's new South African "supergroup," Fantasma. The group put out their debut EP, Eye of the Sun, earlier this month, and are expected to follow up in February with a full album. Secondly, a couple of years back Spoek linked with rising filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba to document key players in SA's electronic music landscape. Their film, Future Sound of Mzansi, began its rollout in 2014. To celebrate, Spoek launched a mixtape series dedicated to beatmakers and artists featured in the doc. So far we've seen top notch tapes either from or featuring music by DJ Spoko, Okmalumkoolkat, KZN's Gqom sub-genre, Aero Manyelo, Maramza, Fever Trails, and Wildebeats.

Over the weekend the Future Sound of Mzansi Mixtape Series returned with 22 minutes of music from Canadian/South African soulstress Zaki Ibrahim. Explains Spoek, "Met this amazing artist almost 10 years ago, and I'm always hyped to hear all the incredible art she creates. Since moving back to SA, I think she's been a wicked influence and presence in the scene. Peep game!" Listen on and watch the film's trailer below. For more on Zaki Ibrahim, see the stunning Cape Flats-shot video for “Draw The Line,” the opening track off her 2012 album Every Opposite.

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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)

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