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BANTU Drops New Album ‘What is your breaking point?’

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The music band, BANTU has released a ten-track music album on Friday June 09, 2023. The band led by the Nigerian-German musician, Adegoke Odukoya, popularly known as Ade Bantu is known for consciousness music and its multi-layered cultural aesthetics.

According to the statement by the band, the album is a social commentary on the state of the nation amidst the uncertainties the Nigerian citizens grapple with daily and continue to endure.

Titled ‘What is your breaking point?’ the rhetorical question aims to provoke a series of thoughts on their living conditions– for Nigerians to ask questions and to probe developments in the past and present to arrive at tangible answers for a better future.

The band leader said: “The question “What is your breaking point?” calls for retrospect and prompts for an in-depth reflection on the hard realities on our livelihood and survival as a nation.”

In addition, the music producer and social activist said every song on ‘What Is your breaking point?spreads its own bit of Nigerian stardust over its listeners.

The 10-track long player is the third in a genre and era-defining trilogy of releases including 2017’s Agberos International and 2020’s Everybody Get Agenda. With this new album, the 13-piece BANTU collective pushes the boundaries of funkiness and political prowess even further than its predecessors. It is also the first to feature a female guest lead, in this case the renowned African American rapper Akua Naru. The System is Broken, the Sound is Resilient Every song on “What Is your breaking point? spreads its own bit of Nigerian stardust over the listener.”

“As the unprecedented #EndSARS protests against police brutality and criminality began alongside COVID-19 pandemic”, Ade Bantu continues, “Nigerians have finally reached the breaking point. In this sense, ‘What is your breaking point?’ is as much a statement as a question, forcing the listener to pay attention to the changes in politics and the evolution of music in Africa’s most populous and culturally important country, and from a global perspective. In this regard, each song opens a rich tapestry of sounds, lyrics and narrative that weave together a compelling, angry yet hopeful vision of Nigeria and in extension, Africa    and its possible futures. “

“Exploring the album, the first track ‘Wayo and Division’ focuses on the deceit that’s at the heart of Nigerian politics and social life. Referring to how successive governments have used tribe and religion to divide people while elites share the loot, they have stolen from the commonwealth. Since they don’t care about tribe or religion, neither should we, the song argues. So we should stop being “hoodwinked” and falling for their deceit and being led to the slaughter like lambs, but instead come together and face the corruption head on, as happened with the #EndSARS protest”, Ade Bantu concluded.

According to The Village Voice “BANTU’s music as well as lyrics have from the start, addressed issues around corruption, injustice, migration, xenophobia and urban alienation – whether in Germany and Europe, or Nigeria and Africa. Asides from recording and composing music BANTU has been credited with the recent revival of the live music scene in Nigeria through Afropolitan Vibes a monthly concert series and music festival that they have been hosting for over most of the last decade in Lagos. The show has featured over 190 top Nigerian and international acts and was voted as “one of the world’s best music events of the moment.”

Ade Bantu and his eponymous 13-piece band remains more than 26 years after its founding. Without exception, is one of the pioneering outfits and conceptual recording artists in Africa, Europe and indeed in the world.

The album is produced by Aman Junaid & Ade Bantu; mixed by Manu Schlindwein and mastered by Tony Dawsey.

 

 

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