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Africa Express Shares 'Terry Riley's In C Mali' Film

Watch a Mali-shot film accompaniment to Africa Express' interpretation of 'Terry Riley's In C Mali.'


This week Africa Express released Terry Riley’s In C Mali, the first "African version" of minimalist composer Terry Riley's 1964 classic "In C." This new interpretation of the composition was recorded at the same Bamako Maison des Jeunes youth club that housed the studio for Africa Express' previous LP. The recording features Bamako artists Adama Koita, Bijou, Cheick Diallo & Modibo Diawara alongside the likes of Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Nick Zinner Jeff Wootton. To mark the release, Africa Express has shared the full Roland Hamilton-directed film that accompanies the composition, which features many of the recording's players and was shot on a drive along Malian streets. Africa Express will be screening an exclusive Director’s Cut premiere of Tate Modern and Africa Express present… Terry Riley’s In C Mali, an interactive film featuring a live performance of the piece led by conductor André de Ridder, at Rough Trade East on February 5. Africa Express Presents: Terry Riley's In C Mali is available now from Transgressive Records. Watch the full stream below via Pitchfork.

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Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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