afropunk premiere: nigerian rapper áyo da poet and brazilian producer gabriel marinho’s brand new track, ‘day of reflection’

July 20, 2015

Today we’re premiering the new collaboration between Brazil-based Nigerian rapper Áyo da Poet and Bahian producer Gabriel Marinho – ‘Day of Reflection’ (part of their new ‘AFROCENTRIC’ project). Their camp state that the track – which features singer Tássia Reis – was inspired by “the global movement in which racial issues are being discussed more and more” and by Brazil’s historic connection to Africa. Áyo tell us: “‘Day of Reflection’ is not safe Hip Hop, it’s my reality and a reality of most Black people on earth. It’s music to re-awaken to silent sea and take the bull by its horn.” And Murinho adds: “Making afro music keeps my roots alive; and to trust in my orishas and on a world model, not based on Europe, makes me AFROCENTRIC. When I made the instrumental for ‘Day of Reflection’, I tried to bring the feeling of loss that the African people felt when they arrived here in Brazil – Ayo’s lyrics bring up this reflection too, and Tássia’s voice got all the essence of these mixed feelings. I’m so proud of this work.” Listen to the track below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Áyo da Poet 


Gabriel Marinho


Tássia Reis