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Jasmine Solano & MeLo-X of Electric Punanny. Photo: Ty Levey

Electric Punanny & Popeye Caution's 'My Way' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

The sounds of Jamaica, Brooklyn and Miami collide in this this new summer jam.

Electric Punanny, the DJ/producer duo comprised of Jasmine Solano and MeLo-X, are back with a new track that's readymade for your weekend parties.

"My Way" sees the duo link up with Miami reggae act Popeye Caution over an infectious dancehall-meets-electro beat. The track combines the musical vibes of Jamaica, Brooklyn and Miami for an uplifting summer anthem.


"'My Way' was as fun to make as it is to hear," Jasmine Solano tells OkayAfrica. "We created new dance moves while we wrote the lyrics. Popeye Caution is an amazing performer who encapsulates a lot of dancehall moves in is shows. We wanted everyone to instantly dance when this song came on.The production has a big stadium feel but can also destroy any dance floor. The verses have that minimal clean turn up that we always bring and the chorus takes the song into anthem mode!"

Popeye Caution adds: "I was inspired by Ice Cube's 'It Was A Good Day,' I wanted to give it a twist with a fun island vibe and of course get the ladies involved." You might remember Popeye from his hit "Work" alongside Walshy Fire.

Electric Punanny are heading on a 10 year anniversary tour in August that will see them touch down inToronto for Caribana, Brooklyn, Boston and Los Angeles. Check out the flyer underneath for more details.

Listen to our premiere of "My Way" below.





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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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