Alec Lomami Shares Two Striking New Cuts

Kinshasa producer/rapper Alec Lomami shares two new songs: his own "1234" and Charlotte rapper Well$' "TwoBrothers," which he co-produced.

Back in October, Kinshasa producer/emcee Alec Lomami spoke to Okayafrica about THE BL∆CK HE∆RTS CLUB, his band with his nineteen-year-old cousin, the Charlotte rapper Well$, and Kansas City-based musician Lucho (of the New Orleans electro/pop group Youth Sounds). Now, Lomami shares two new tracks: his own "1234" and "TwoBrothers" by Well$. Although just forty-five seconds, "1234," which features and is produced by Lucho, is an immediately addictive mix of fast drums and stretchy electronics that recalls the opening of A Tribe Called Quest's "Check the Rhime." The calmly ferocious "TwoBrothers," produced by Lomami with SA rapper Sipho The Gift and Spanish-based production duo Tutankhamun Brothers, is something else entirely. The song has a wide airiness that may bring to mind Vince Staples' "Fire" but, with the inclusion of a darkly funny Dave Chappelle sample (from his Killin' Them Softly HBO special) about a marijuana-selling infant and Well$'s pained bellow of "it's all good," it plays like a stirring blend of sardonicism and poignancy. Check both songs out below.


The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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