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The 10 Best Songs From The Latest Wave Of Coupé Décalé

We round up the best songs and videos from a new crop of Coupe Decale artists.


Coupé Décalé is riding out another wave of popularity. Originating from the Parisian-Ivorian diaspora and of course Côte d'Ivoire, the heavily-percussive and melodic dance music will push you to the dancefloor without you even noticing. The minimalist arrangements combined with deep bass and zouk/zouglou influences usually become a sweet addiction.

2013 was a great year for coupé décalé as the infectious music videos coming from the genre kept one-upping each other. New styles, new steps, flowing rhythms, and gyrating hips all kept our bodies moving forward last year. We talked with some coupé décalé lovers in our sphere and, after a long debate, we came out with a fierce top 10 for your eyes and ears. We'd like to give a special mention to young rising star Chocoto de Babi, who we're sure will be part of the next crop of coupé décalé highlights. In the meantime, enjoy and dance as you remember how coupé décalé rocked last year.  Feel free to let us know  your favorite tune by tweeting @Okayafrica with #coupedecale.

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Interview: Focalistic’s Blend of Hip-Hop and Amapiano Is Working

South African rapper Focalistic doesn't fixate on genre. He wants you to know his music "is for South Africans, by South Africans that sound South African."

A few weeks before Focalistic's hit single "Ke Star" is announced to have gone gold (it has since gone platinum), a large group of school kids gather around the driver seat of the rapper's sporty BMW. "I realised that people really love him during the shoot of the 'Ke Star' music video," a passer-by says. "It was wild."

Just like today. The same group, which has now grown bigger, waits outside the spot where Focalistic will sit down for an interview. They each want a picture with one of the country's most promising rappers. They have to wait until he's done answering our questions. Asked if he enjoys being mobbed by fans, he says, "It's not like I like it. But it's something you get used to and you understand it. It's love, it's never to irritate."

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