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The emerging 19-year-old Nigerian artist drops four highly stylised tracks.

Rising sensation Divine Ekubor, widely known by his stage name Rema shares new 4 track EP entitled Bad Commando. Considering as the future of afro-pop Rema blends Western influences with hip-hop, alté scenes or afrobeats and with his soft voice he manages to create a unique sound.

Bad Commando follows the whirlwind success of his self-titled debut EP. Following its release in March, the EP rapidly shot to no.1 in Nigeria with all 4 tracks charting in the top 5, generating the massive hits ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Dumebi’.

More recently Rema being featured in Barack Obama’s summer playlist has also been heralded by The Fader as “Nigerian Pop’s Golden Child”, and credited as “Leading the next generation of Nigerian Pop” according to Pitchfork.

Bad Commando Mixtape, released on October 4th on Mavin Records. Listen to Rema in our One Dance playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

Bright ‘Basketmouth’ Okpocha will host Ecofest Music Festival, Sierra Leone’s biggest musical showcase for both local and international artists. This year’s headline act is Diamond Platinumz from Tanzania. He will share the stage with Slimcase (Nigeria), Tay Grin (Malawi), Sophia (Gambia), Jose Chamelone (Uganda), and Kuami Eugene (Ghana).

An elite group of Sierra Leonean will join them acts including; Drizilik, Arkman, Famous, Prodigy, Rap G, K-Man Empress P, Innocent, and the KME team along with a host of others have all performed at this festival.

Ecofest Music Festival (Ecofest) was launched in 2018 by lawyer and entrepreneur Abubakar ‘Kabaka’ Turay. Since then, it has been hosted twice; in Sierra Leone, and The Gambia. Ecofest uses African pop music to unite artists and creatives from across the continent and to establish Sierra Leone as an emerging market for music and the arts. 

“Sierra Leone is a lesser-known music venue to Africa’s leading names in music,” said Turay. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Kabaka Multimedia Entertainment (KME), Sierra Leone’s leading music production company and recording label.  “Even though we produce outstanding musical acts, we have yet to make our mark on the African music charts. With Ecofest we bring great talent home, and we create a platform to market local music. Ecofest is a medium for cultural exchange through music.”

The first edition of Ecofest “When Lions Roar” was hosted in Sierra Leone at the National Stadium last year. Over 30,000 fans filled the stadium to see headline acts Patoranking (Nigeria), Kuami Eugene (Ghana), and Patapa (Ghana). This year’s theme is “The Revolution. Artists from ten African countries will perform.

Haitian-Canadian producer and MC Jerico is back with new EP, My People. It follows Run That released on March 8 via collective Moonshine’s record label.

It is undeniable, the rise of Jerico is as dazzling as deserved. Indeed, the 22-year old Haitian-Canadian DJ, producer, and vocalist is being recognized as one of Montreal’s most promising artists in the underground club scene. 

With the same energy of his DJ sets at countless local warehouses, parties and after-hours, Jerico’s commitment to forward-thinking dance-floor heaters stands out.

With My People Jerico continues to further narrow his production style from dancefloor beats combined with experimental club sounds and patterns of baile funk and dancehall riddims.

“My People EP is showing my evolution in production and vocal work by introducing a new side of me, whilst still giving what I’m known for to those who are familiar with my music. Transitioning from being a wild, high intensity MC, to a calmer more melodic singer who speaks purely from the heart. I’m very excited to present five tracks that are so sonically different from each other, yet are so connected.”

Strut Records and Art Yard present a compilation bringing together the modern era recordings of Tribe, Detroit’s acclaimed independent jazz collective.

Tribe began as a musical ensemble in 1971 co-founded by Saxophonist Wendell Harrison and trombonist Phil Ranelin that soon expanded into a broad amalgam including a live collective and independent record label. Ignored for a long time by the mainstream, pathfinder label Strut attempts to correct this by putting their jazz fusion back in stores.

The ‘Hometown’ compilation places the spotlight on the later era of Tribe and Rebirth Inc., with rare and previously unreleased recordings from Harrison’s WenHa / Rebirth Studios and the SereNgeti Gallery And Cultural Center.

Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990-2014, out November 8th via Strut. Discover the artwork below and pre-order the album now.

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