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Angélique Kidjo Shares The Anthemic 'Bomba (Velly Remix)' Featuring ZZ Ward

Listen to 'Bomba (Velly Remix)' from Beninese musician/activist Angélique Kidjo, and watch the vibrant song's lyric video featuring ZZ Ward.


In February, Beninese musician/activist Angélique Kidjo won her second career Grammy for Best World Music Album for her eleventh album Eve. Now, the singer/songwriter shares the anthemic remix for the song "Bomba (with Rostam Batmanglij)" off that record. Remixed by hip-hop/R&B producer Maurice "Velly" Conaway and produced by New York-based Pat Dillet (who produced Eve), this take on Kidjo's original track amplifies its upbeat nature by adding big horns and the firm voice of Pennsylvania-born singer/songwriter ZZ Ward.

In a Red Light Management article, Kidjo informs that the title of the original song refers to a traditional piece of African women's attire, and that the track "...is a tribute to African women—to their resilience and their beauty.” Speaking on the remix, the artist says, "I have always loved musical collaborations and I felt that the strong message of the song deserved to be shared with a new audience."

The bouyancy of the remix becomes especially clear in the its official lyric video in which the song's multi-colored lyrics appear over flower designs and Kidjo dances with several women in a tree's warm shade. "Bomba (Velly Remix) [feat. ZZ Ward]" is available now via TuneCore and is on iTunes. 100% of the artists' royalties will be donated to humanitarian aid programs in Kenya. Watch the lyric video for the song below.

Sings, a new album by Angélique Kidjo & Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, will be released on March 31 via 429 Records and will be available on iTunes. Watch the trailer for Sings, and see Angélique Kidjo's upcoming tour dates, below.

>>>Grab Angélique Kidjo & Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg's 'Sings' Out Now[3/31]

ANGELIQUE KIDJO TOUR DATES

March 24-SESC-Sao Paolo, Brazil

March 25-SESC-Sao Paolo, Brazil

April 4-Power House-Brisbane, Australia

April 5-Bluesfest-Byron Bay, Australia

April 6-Bluesfest-Byron Bay, Australia

April 8-Recital Centre-Melbourne, Australia

April 12-Sydney Opera House-Sydney, Australia

April 23-Festival International de Louisiane-Lafayette, LA

April 26-New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival-New Orleans, LA

June 20-Clearwater Festival-Croton-On-Hudson, NY

June 26-Kate Wolf Festival-Laytonville, CA

July 3-Orchestre Régional Bayonne Côte Basque-Biarritz, France*

*orchestral concert

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