Audio: Moroka 'Amnesia'

UK/South African producer Moroka drops a new African house track, 'Amnesia'

UK/SA producer Moroka has dropped a gem on us — and there's no other way to explain it than a certified Friday afternoon banger. We've previously heard Moroka tear it up on a number of projects, including a slew of remixes and full production detail on The Very Best's MTMTMK (one of our Top 10 Albums of 2012). Whatever your plans are, popping "Amnesia" into your figurative tape deck will get you ready for your weekend dancefloor shenanigans with the quickness. The uptempo house track employs deft use of a heavy synth-bass combo, and a sample from a very early 2000s pop banger. Check out "Amnesia" below and click through for the download link. Props to Johan from TVB for the tip.

Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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