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Chief Boima Remixes Underground System's 'Bella Ciao'

Chief Boima reworks afrobeat Band Underground System's "Bella Ciao" for their 5-track "Bella Ciao Remixed" EP out August 5th.


This past February, Brooklyn based afrobeat band Underground System released Bella Ciao, a two-track EP that boosted the hectic rhythms, blazing horns and genre-splicing elements that the band is known for. Now, the 10-member group is prepping the release of Bella Ciao Remixed (via Ropeadope Records), a 5-track EP featuring reworked tracks from Brooklyn-based trio Archie Pelago, Underground System’s own band leader Peter Matson and Das Racist alum Kool A.D & Kassa Overall (aka Kool & Kass). Globe trotting beatmaker Chief Boima also appears on the EP, giving his own slowed down, bass-heavy rendition of the title track. Adding an explosive drum pad line and looping the female frontline chant into a hypnotic circle, Boima creates a down and dirty scorcher ready for dance floors across the world. The full-length Bella Ciao Remixed EP drops August 5th and can be pre-ordered/purchased on iTunes. Until then listen to Chief Boima's "Bella Ciao" rework below and for more from Boima check out his Africa In Your Earbuds mix he did for us a while back.

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Bossa Nova Meets Trap In This New Single From Ziminino

Listen to our premiere of "I'm Cool Like That."

Ziminino is a new project from INTL BLK that features collaborations between Chief Boima and a host of Afro-Brazilian artists coming out of Bahia.

The project has already shared its first song and now comes through with the follow-up single, "I'm Cool Like That"—a head-nodding track spearheaded by singer-songwriter Ricô Santana, produced by Rafa Dias and Boima.

The hypnotizing song is a mixture of trap, bossa nova, and pagodão, an urban style of popular music from Bahia which could be seen as Salvador's equivalent to Baile Funk. Rafa Dias is the inventor of the electronic pagodão sound that resulted in massive tracks like "Elas Gostam (Popa de Bunda)" by Psirico and ATTØØXXA (the band Rafa founded).

"I'm Cool Like That" mixes all of those sounds into a blend entirely of its own.

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First Listen: Chief Boima on Kondi Band's New Album, 'Salone'

We catch up with one of our favorite DJs and talk about his new project with Sierra Leonean thumb piano player Sorie Kondi.

DIASPORA - Kondi Band is a music group formed by Sierra Leonean kondi (a Sierra Leonean version of the thumb piano) virtuoso,  Sorie Kondi, and Rio de Janeiro-based American/ Sierra-Leonean DJ Chief Boima.

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Miss South Africa Wants Men to Write Love Letters to Women to Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Unfortunately, there's nothing stopping abusive men from writing these love letters too.

South Africa's newly crowned Miss SA Zozibini "Zozi" Tunzi has launched a "HeForShe" campaign which aims to tackle the alarming rates of femicide and gender-based violence in the country. The campaign, which is in partnership with the South African arm of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), wants South African men to step up and join the collective fight against abuse. However, the campaign has been criticized by many because of the way in which it wants men to step—by writing love letters to women. The campaign has divided South Africans, particularly those on social media.

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Former Gambian Beauty Queen Fatou Jallow's Movement Against Sexual Assault Gains Traction

After publicly accusing former President Yahya Jammeh of rape, young women under the #IamToufah banner are standing against sexual assault in the country.

A few months ago, former Gambian beauty queen Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow publicly accused former President Yahya Jammeh of rape. The 23-year-old alleged that Jammeh had raped her following her refusal of his marriage proposal during his time in office back in 2015. Under the leadership of current President Adama Barrow, The Gambian government established the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) which is now investigating human rights violations during Jammeh's tenure. Jallow, who is testifying at the commission, has spurred a movement where young women are taking a stand against sexual assault in the country under the #IamToufah banner.

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