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Afro-Brazil 2014: Pearls Negras' War Cry 'Guerreira'

Rio de Janeiro's Pearls Negras release new track 'Guerreira'


As we gear up for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil 2014, we’ll be taking moments to highlight some select Brazilian tracks that come across our desks. From capoeira music (an accompaniment to the sport) and maracatu to samba and the favela-bred baile funk, the influence of African cultures & sounds on the South American nation’s own arts is immeasurable. In our series Afro-Brazil 2014 we’ll be digging into a few of these ‘ritmos e batidas’ from Brazil.

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After making waves with last year's Biggie Apple mixtape, Brazil's Pearls Negras are gearing for world domination in this music video for "Guerreira." The teen rap trio — comprised of Alice, Jeni and Mari — rep their neighborhood to the fullest as they unleash rapid-fire Portuguese bars over a  heavy, staccato-bass beat that volleys between funk carioca, EDM and trap. Verdant hillsides and lush coastlines serve as a backdrop as Pearls Negras ride around their home of Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro promoting their battle cry single. We can't wait to experience more of their explosive sound and energy. Watch the video for 'Guerreira' and stream Pearls Negras' Biggie Apple mixtape below.

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Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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