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This Congolese 'Neo-Rumba' Jam Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

You're about to have Sir Loma's "BB" on heavy repeat.

Here's "BB," the debut release from Congolese singer and songwriter Sir Loma.

"BB" is a highly-infectious track from the UK-based Loma, who takes influences from Congolese artists like Papa Wemba, Pepe Kalle, Ferre Gola, Fally Ipupa, and Carlyto Lassa.

He calls his style "Neo-Rumba," an addictive blend of Congolese Rumba with more modern styles like pop, hip-hop, and afrobeat.

Loma is currently planning to release his debut EP next year. Until then, get down to the dance-heavy "BB" below.

You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram to stay up on all your Neo-Rumba needs.

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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