Audio

Audio: Hamza "Mali Dreams" - India X Africa Mash-up


The Indian musical hybrid Hamza, which has formerly explored the sounds of Brazil and Tibet, now introduces an itching curiosity for West African culture and sounds with the recent Wind Horse Records release, Mali Dreams.  The new album seamlessly marinates in a head-nodding, choppy bass overlayed with playful sonic sounds. Hamza's supreme mixture of Indian music with house has often inspired him to experiment with the sounds and cultures of other countries, which has help shape his own influences and artistic development. This album is the result of a Malian fantasy getaway that includes studio sessions with Hamza's favorite Malian artists. The dance floor thrill samples traditional Mali vocals and sounds, with hard kick drums, snappy percussion, bass tone and sunny delight stabs, all mixed with roots of Indian heritage. Vocal hits and grunts compliment the chopped rhythm on top of Hamza's melodic synth lines - his trademark.

Mali Dreams is out now via White Horse Records and digital retailers Beatport and at Traxsource, but you can indulge in the dance floor craze with a preview three-track stream below.

 

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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