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Trap Funk & Alivio. Photo: Max Fonseca.

Afrobeat Meets Favela Funk in This New EP From Trap Funk & Alivio and DJ Moma

Get into the explosive Bafro EP.

TrapFunk & Alivio are a Brazilian group coming out with some truly high-energy, melting pot music built on influences from their home of Salvador, Bahia.

The quartet—which is comprised of Dj Alle-x, Manno Lipe, Dj MG and Banha—has previously collaborated with NY producer Kashaka and is now dropping a new EP alongside Everyday People's DJ Moma.


The 4-track Bafro sees Moma and Trap Funk & Alivio experimenting with fusing the rhythms of afrobeat and Brazil's funk carioca (favela funk). The EP features collaborations with Brazil's Ouro, Dutch singer Jo Sarah and Nigeria's Teekay Tha Newborn.

"We produced collectively using branches of afrobeat, funk carioca, rhythms of Salvador - Bahia," Trap Funk & Alivio tell OkayAfrica. "Bafro is the meeting of Afro rhythms found in the Global Bass universe that goes from Goias to Amsterdam, from Sudan to Nigeria, from Bahia to Brooklyn, from Brooklyn to Suriname, from Suriname to Cuba."

"The fact that the visual concept is in the woods or 'the forest' is meant to express the common exploiting diversity. Making an allusion to the universe of 'Rhythm' and stating that the owner is Africa. Woods and rhythm are a 'common' path that represents the greatness of the rhythmic possibilities that naturally exist in the world," mentions TFA.

Listen to our premiere of Bafro below and stream it now on Deezer, Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, and Tidal.


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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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