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You Need to Hear This South African Version of 'Maradona’

Listen to Eternal's version of Niniola's hit "Maradona" featuring Amanda Faku.

South African producer and artist Eternal's cover of Nigerian singer Niniola's hit single "Maradona" has gone viral.


The cover features Eastern Cape born vocalist Amanda Faku, who was a contestant on The Voice SA last year. She sings her vocals in IsiXhosa.

The song peaked at number 1 on the Top 40 charts on one of South Africa's biggest radio stations Metro FM.

The cover has a broader bassline, and has a South African house flavor.

"When I first heard Niniola's 'Maradona,'" says Eternal, who is currently signed to the indie label Vth Season, "I fell in love with the instrumentation immediately. It's been an exciting process recreating the sound. Thank you to Amanda Faku who did a great job on the Xhosa vocals, and thank you to Raphael Benza and the team at Vth Season for helping me execute my vision to perfection."

Listen to the cover below.

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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