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Audio: Cheick Hamala Diabaté 'Sigi Diya'


Brooklyn boutique label Electric Cowbell follow their string of weekly 45 releases with "Tagamba/Sigi Diya" from West African ngoni virtuoso Cheick Hamala Diabaté. The track is "a message for people to listen to each other, be understanding of each other, respect each other and trust each other." It fuses traditional griot vocals and rhythms of Diabaté's ancestry with American electric sounds he's picked up living stateside. If you're in New York, head the record release party tonight! Stream and download "Sigi Diya" below.

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Download: Cheick Hamala Diabaté "Sigi Diya"

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Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

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Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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