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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

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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