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Bombino Blends Tuareg Blues Guitar & Reggae Chops In His Powerful New Single 'Akhar Zaman'

An energetic new single taken from Bombino's upcoming album 'Azel,' produced by the Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth.

Bombino. Photo credit: Marije Kuiper


Just last week, Niger-based desert rocker Bombino announced his new album Azel, a 10-track LP produced by the Dirty ProjectorsDave Longstreth.

The new album marks an evolution in sound for the Tuareg desert guitarist as he introduces a style he calls ‘Tuareggae’–”a sunny blend of Tuareg blues & rock with reggae one-drop and bounce,” his label explains.

We heard the meditative Azel single “Inar” last week and now get a high dose of adrenaline with the fast-paced “Akhar Zaman (This Moment),” a track that jumps straight out of the gate with its trotting beat and swinging guitars and never lets up.

Stream the single and watch Okay Acoustic With Bombino below. Azel is due out April 1 on Partisan Records.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

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Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

South African rapper Nasty C just released the visuals to "Allow," his collaboration with French Montana. The song is featured on Bad Hair Extensions, the re-release of Bad Hair, the Durban-born rapper's debut album.

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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