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Kenna debuts "Chains" feat. Shimmy Hoffa (aka Chad Hugo)

Ethiopian-American pop singer and producer Kenna, best known for his '07 hit "Say Goodbye To Love," is back with the first of a three-part EP series entitled The Land To Air Chronicles. The first of this series, Land 2 Air I : Chaos and The Darkness, out today, is said to be the darkest of the three EPs, revealing Kenna's personal struggles against the constraints that prevent us from fully realizing our dreams. All three EPs will lead up to his next studio album Songs For Flight, due out in 2012.  Apparently much of the inspiration for this album came from Kenna's experience climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010 as part of Summit on the Summit, his  philanthropic project to raise awareness about the clean water global crisis. Check out the first single from Chaos and The Darkness below, "Chains," featuing Shimmy Hoffa (better known as Chad Hugo from The Neptunes) and co-written by Paul Banks of Interpol.


Chains (feat. Shimmy Hoffa)

For more on Kenna's new project, check out his website, kenna.com.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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