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Baaba Maal’s ‘Fulani Rock’ Gets A Bacardi House Remix From DJ Spoko

South African producer DJ Spoko reworks the lead single from Senegalese star Baaba Maal's upcoming album 'The Traveller.'

Baaba Maal The Traveller Album Cover.


“Fulani Rock” is the lead single from Senegalese star Baaba Maal’s upcoming album The Traveller, a 12-track marriage of traditional and electronic sounds produced by The Very Best’s Johan Hugo.

Like its title implies, the song carries a message for Baaba Maal’s Fulani people. “Language is a weapon,” Baaba Maal explains, “I’m not using it to destroy but to build bridges and bring people together. I am a messenger of the people so everyone’s voice can be heard.”

For his remix, South African producer DJ Spoko makes Baaba Maal’s vocals echo of each other in a ‘bacardi house’ style reworking that injects the track with military snare drums, pumped-up bass and tweaking synthesizers.

Hear our premiere of DJ Spoko’s “Fulani Rock” remix below and pre-order Baaba Maal’s The Traveller, due January 15, on iTunes.

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Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

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.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

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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