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Alsarah & The Nubatones' East African Retro Pop

Stream a cut of Alsarah & The Nubatones' Sudanese-bred East African retro pop album Silt.


Alsarah & The Nubatones play a style that blends 1960s/70 Nubian music and its traditional East African instrumentation along with Arabic influences, pentatonic riffs and enchanting vocals — something the band describes as 'East African retro pop.'

The group's debut album Silt, produced entirely by its Sudanese frontwoman Alsarah, focuses on nostalgic longing for a home that no longer exists. Musically, it's influenced by the Nubian “Songs of Return” that were written after a mass displacement in the lower Nubia that went under water after the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Today we're premiering "Soukura (It's Late)," a hazy album standout that showcases Alsarah's soaring voice and the band's take on vintage Nubian arrangements. Stream it below and look out for Silt, due March 11 from Wonderwheel Recordings. Pre-order's are available now.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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