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Black Coffee x Hugh Masekela "We Are One" + 'The Djoon Experience' Album Preview

South African producer Black Coffee drops "We Are One," a track featuring Hugh Masekela from the forthcoming tribute album to Paris nightclub Djoon.


When it comes to cross-genre collaborations, sometimes it takes a really special place of inspiration to get the magic going, which is precisely the case with "We Are One," the newest house offering from  South African producer Black Coffee's alongside trumpet pioneer Hugh Masekela featured in BBE Records' forthcoming tribute to Paris nightclub Djoon. As it tends to be the case with legendary places and events, some nightclubs encapsulate a scene and era so well that producers and club-goers alike can spend decades trying to recreate the special vibe they encountered there — for the past 10 years Djoon has been that such place, bringing New York soul heads out on the same dancefloor with afro-house South Africans with its impeccably-curated mix of genres and global rhythms. In an attempt to recreate the special vibe perfected by Djoon for Parisian audiences in album format, South African house producer Black Coffee and Nuyorican soul producer Joe Claussell have compiled and mixed The Djoon Experience — an album spanning 2 discs and over a decade of rare Afro-Latin inspired house grooves. "We Are One" is the first track from the mix, and if its any indication of what to expect from the rest of the collection, we are prepared to book our tickets to Paris immediately after copping. Listen to "We Are One" below, and be on the lookout for The Djoon Experience on BBE Records out later this summer.

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Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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