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Audio: Mo Kolours, "Biddies"

Listen to Mo Kolours' Drum Talking EP single "Biddies"

Half-Mauritian, UK-based percussionist and singer Mo Kolours' Drum Talking EP is rub-a-dubbed-out, Sega-inspired downtempo chillness. Backed by global beat detective Gilles Peterson, the single "Biddies" is a wavy, chant-laced, earth tribute to the future; a sound reminiscent of a beachy ritual carried on until the picturesque Mauritian sunrise.


Sega, a music originally improvised for dance, dirges and local religion by slave communities of Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles, is the product of European and African influences that eventually spread throughout the South West Indian Ocean and is now a popular genre. Sega, danced without the feet ever leaving the ground, can be seen in this old footage.

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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