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Congolese Rapper Alec Lomami Shares The Olugbenga-Produced 'Trouble Anxieux'

Congolese rapper Alec Lomami has an existential crisis in his latest hip-hop track "Trouble Anxieux" featuring Karun Mungai.


Congolese rapper Alec Lomami has an existential crisis in his latest single "Trouble Anxieux," featuring Kenyan singer Karun Mungai and North Carolina's Sony Base. Alec's come a long way since his previous project THE BL∆CK HE∆RTS CLUB alongside Well$ and Lucho, which they described as "a bunch of hopeless romantics trying to make timeless music." With "Trouble Anxieux," Alec makes the shift from high energy 1970s funk to down-tempo industrial trip-hop explaining, "I was in a pretty dark place of existential crisis when I wrote the song. The song is a part of my own catharsis and exorcism of personal demons." Alec's somber verses, rapped in French, include him hauntingly repeating lines like "demain, c'est loin," which translates to "tomorrow is far away," while the soulful voices of Karun Mungai and Sony Base deliver hope toward the end of the track, calling out, "If we keep on going, tomorrow we will see the light."

Alec told us that he "took a little break from putting out music in order to establish the label Immaculate Taste, produce Well$' project and work on THE BL∆CK HE∆RTS CLUB." He now returns with "Trouble Anxieux," which was produced by London-based Nigerian electro-pop musician Olugbenga. This is the first song off Alec Lomami's upcoming Quelques Mots Suffisent EP, which will be released via Immaculate Taste on June 30 as the first of four of his 2015 EPs in the works. Stream "Trouble Anxieux" below.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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