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Darkie Fiction and DJ Sliqe’s New Song and Video Will Make Your Day

Watch Darkie Fiction and DJ Sliqe's music video for 'Standat.'

Rising South African duo Darkie Fiction recently teamed up with DJ Sliqe for a single titled "Standat." The song, just like most of Darkie Fiction's music, references old school kwaito, both sonically and lyrically.

Katt Daddy, one half of the duo, spits a verse that comes with loosely packed lines, with some being repeated, while Yoza Mnyanda, the other half, handles the vocal duties.


In the music video, DJ Sliqe hits the streets in a Mini Cooper, stopping to buy fish and chips, and strolling on the road with a friend before he hits the studio.

With the song being titled "Standat," the video is probably portraying a standard day in the life of Sliqe.

The song's jovial mood and the portrayal of something a lot of us should be doing rather than being stuck in a cubicle will either make your day or spoil it.

It's not clear if the song is part of any upcoming project, but it's great seeing an established artist like Sliqe collaborating with new talent.

Watch the music video for "Standat" below:

DJ Sliqe - Standat (Official Lyric Video) ft. Darkie Fiction www.youtube.com

Interview
Photo: Benoit Peverelli

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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