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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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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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