First Listen: Omawumi – Hello (Adele Cover)

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Omawumi Hello Adele coverOmawumi has always been precious, the kind of vocalist who will always be a standard for judging everyone else. But no thanks to Mortein and Glo ads the apparent need for Nigerian artistes to make meaningless dance music (or die of hunger), most people may have forgotten how much she’s worth. She herself may have forgotten.

Here’s a reminder: Her cover of Adele’s killer ballad, Hello, now a less-melancholic reggae jam produced by e-Kelly. Listen to yourself, Omawumi. You’re (still) profound.

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Throwback Jam: Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Original Sufferhead (Live In Amsterdam)

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An unreleased Fela Kuti track performed live in 1981 at some show in Amsterdam, Original Sufferhead is a 35-minute fusion of percussion, horns and Fela’s trademark anti-oppression lyrics.

Download Original Sufferhead and Government Chicken Boy, along with O.D.O.O. and Big Blind Country (performed live at the Lagos Sunsplash Festival in 1988), here.

H/T: Funk It

Upstart: Joose’s ‘Cruise Control’ Mixtape Is What Your Wednesday Needs

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AGO rapper Joose’s EP, Cruise Control, couldn’t have been better titled considering that it contains seven supremely chilled tracks worth several playbacks. Featuring lush instrumentals contributed by Mozaic, AGO producer Sango Favela and Brock Berrigan, Joose has the right kind of space for his laidback but razor-sharp flow to thrive *insert requisite Kendrick Lamar comparison*

Like I said, several playbacks. Pity it’s so short.

You like? It’s available for download here (from $1).