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Daymé Arocena Returns With Afro-Cuban Jazz Album 'Cubafonía'

Afro-Cuban jazz singer Daymé Arocena announces her upcoming album, 'Cubafonía,' and shares its lead single "Mambo Na' Mà."

Afro-Cuban jazz powerhouse, Daymé Arocena, returns with her sophomore album Cubafonía, set for release in March of next year.


The album is a follow-up to last year's highly-acclaimed debut Nueva Era, which garnered the Cuban-born artist rightful praise within the contemporary jazz scene, and beyond.

Arocena released her One Takes EP earlier this year with the lead single "Gods of Yoruba," a track which highlighted the singer's rich spiritual heritage and showcased her robust vocal capabilities. Her voice proves equally moving on her latest single "Mambo Na' Mà."

The three-and-a-half minute track merges Cuban mambo and New Orleans' big band jazz to deliver a high-energy arrangement of lively horns and scat improvisations. Its spirited rhythms come just in time for holiday listening.

Hear "Mambo Na' Mà" and see the full tracklist for Cubafonía below.

Cubafonía Tracklist:

1. Eleggua

2. La Rumba me llamo yo

3. Lo que fue

4. Maybe Tomorrow

5. Negra Caridad

6. Mambo Na’ Mà

7. Cómo

8. Todo por Amor*

9. Ángel

10. It’s Not Gonna Be Forever

11. Valentine

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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