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Bombino Blends Tuareg Blues Guitar & Reggae Chops In His Powerful New Single 'Akhar Zaman'

An energetic new single taken from Bombino's upcoming album 'Azel,' produced by the Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth.

Bombino. Photo credit: Marije Kuiper


Just last week, Niger-based desert rocker Bombino announced his new album Azel, a 10-track LP produced by the Dirty ProjectorsDave Longstreth.

The new album marks an evolution in sound for the Tuareg desert guitarist as he introduces a style he calls ‘Tuareggae’–”a sunny blend of Tuareg blues & rock with reggae one-drop and bounce,” his label explains.

We heard the meditative Azel single “Inar” last week and now get a high dose of adrenaline with the fast-paced “Akhar Zaman (This Moment),” a track that jumps straight out of the gate with its trotting beat and swinging guitars and never lets up.

Stream the single and watch Okay Acoustic With Bombino below. Azel is due out April 1 on Partisan Records.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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