Audio

Album Release: Stronghold Sound's "The Audio Refuge Compilation" (Bonus Audio Track)


Bay Area music collective, producer, and record label, Stronghold Sound, appeals to tradition lovers and dance floor booty-shakers alike with its first release, The Audio Refuge Compilation. This eclectic collection brings us reggae, hip-hop, dub-step, new cumbia, rap, afrobeat, oud, gnawa and African and Arab folk in a single album – staying true to traditional rhythms while mixing sounds in new and innovative ways. The range of sounds is a reflection of the artists that create them – including Alpha Oumar 'Bongo' Sidibe, Yassir Chadly, Snakkr, Iggy Mon, Juan Data, Tami, Excentrik, Nes, and Ephniko who hail from Guinea, Morocco, Syria, Trinidad, Argentina, Palestine, Mexico and Columbia, just to name a few. This border-smashing, genre-fusing, culture-melding anthology is just the beginning for Stronghold Sound. We can’t wait to see what else they have up their sleeve.

Intrigued? Download the digital release over at iTunes and get a bonus track from Gift Of Gab (of Blackalicious).

Listen, below, to Wontanara Revolution’s “Sabu Fanye.”

[audio:http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/02-sabu-fanye.mp3|titles="Sabu Fanye" by Wontanara Revolution]

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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