Femi Kuti. Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100
Femi Kuti & Stromae Appear On a New Coldplay Song 'Arabesque'
The Nigerian afrobeat legend and Belgian-Rwandan pop star will feature on Coldplay's new album, Everyday Life.
Both the Nigerian legend and Belgian pop star are featured on "Arabesque," a newly released Coldplay track from their upcoming "more experimental" album Everyday Life (due November 22 via Parlophone/Atlantic), which was shared by the band alongside the main single "Orphans."
"Arabesque" is an expansive composition built on what sounds like North African-inspired guitars and rhythms, which call to mind the likes of Bombino and Tinariwen. The song sees Stromae delivering a verse in French.
Femi Kuti comes in around the 2-minute mark for a solid and extensive saxophone solo. The song also notably features a sample of Fela Kuti's famous quote "music is the weapon of the future."
Coldplay's Everyday Life is being promoted as a double album, which is split into two halves, Sunrise and Sunset. "Arabesque" is from the Sunrise portion of the album, while "Orphans" is from Sunset.
Listen to both "Arabesque" and "Orphans" below.
Coldplay - Arabesque (Official Lyric Video)youtu.be
Coldplay - Orphans (Official Video)youtu.be
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