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Ed Sheeran Continues to Try with the Stormzy Remix of 'Shape of You,' Twitter Responds

Ed Sheeran tried his hand at afrobeats with his single "Shape of You." Not everyone's feeling it.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a fan of Ed Sheeran, I find his unkempt swagger to be quite charming and I think the man has soul.


I'm so unabashed in my affinity for Ed Sheeran that, although I can admit that he's slightly out of his musical lane with his latest song "Shape of You," I still think it's a jam.

His afro-dancehall-isnpired single has been met with mixed reviews, but that hasn't stopped him from pushing it a step further with a new remix of the song featuring Ghanaian grime artist Stormzy, just a few days after the two performed the song at the BRITs.

It doesn't do much in the way of actually "remixing" the song, it still pretty much sounds like an afrobeats song made by a white person, except with Stormzy's voice towards the end. But, as I mentioned earlier, I actually enjoy the tune, so I'm not complaining.

Some folks on Twitter, however, have different thoughts on the matter.

The song was originally intended for Rihanna, which may explain its afro-Carribean feel, but Sheeran decided to record it himself after she turned it down. Should he have just counted it as a loss and let the song go? Listen below and decide for yourself.

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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