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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.


Interview
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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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