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Burna Boy, D'Banj, 2Baba and Larry Gaaga Team Up on New Track 'Baba Nla'

Check out this massive new collaboration from the afrobeats titans.

Afrobeats titans unite on this massive new track from Nigerian artist Larry Gaaga.

After dropping bangers featuring the likes of Davido and Wande Cole, the musician returns with "Baba Nla" a chilled out track featuring heavyweights 2Baba, D'Banj and afrofusion star Burna Boy.

It's a huge collaboration which sees the trio flexing over the keyboard-heavy beat. Burna Boy carries the track as he sings the chorus and delivers a catchy and energetic opening verse. 2Baba comes in next, providing a smoothed out second verse. D'Banj shines with a harmonica solo near the end and a few of his signature ad-libs.


It's quite a treat to hear these artists link up on one track, we're certainly here for more collaborations from the veterans and the leaders of the new wave afrobeats sound.

Listen to "Baba Nla" below.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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