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Rocky Marsiano Samples Rare Cape Verdean, Angolan & Mozambican Records On 'Meu Kamba Vol. Dois'

DJ, MC and producer D-Mars shares Meu Kamba Vol. Dois, under his beat project Rocky Marsiano, the follow-up to his 2014 album Meu Kamba.


Back in 2014, Lisbon-based MC, DJ and producer D-Mars dropped Meu Kamba under his newly created beat project Rocky Marsiano. The semba-infused album, which mixed obscure vinyl from Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique was one of our top 10 albums of the year.

Now, the beatmaker returns with a follow-up project, once again reworking string-filled Afro-Lusophone records into multilayered MPC tracks on Meu Kamba Vol. Dois.

The second installment shares many of the same eclectic elements as the first, but this time around, the musician took his mixing process a step further. "Meu Kamba was made very impulsively. If I felt a track worked, if there was a good balance to it, I didn't go much further with the production because I wanted it to sound raw,” says the artist. “On this new volume I did exactly the opposite: every single track was experimented on, its possibilities tested. So this time around there's a lot more production on every track: bass lines, retro synths, guitar licks, extra vocals, different drum patterns and textures.”

Listen to the album in its entirety below. Meu Kamba Vol. Dois is available now on iTunes/ Spotify/ Amazon and on vinyl via Bandcamp.

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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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