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Gilles Peterson Collective Sonzeira 'Bam Bam Bam ft. Seu Jorge & Giovanca'

Premiere: Hear the title track off Gilles Peterson collective Sonzeira's upcoming Brazilian album featuring Seu jorge and Giovanca.


Gilles Peterson recently travelled down to Brazil where he formed Sonzeiraa collective featuring top-tier veteran and modern Brazilian artists like Marcus Valle, Elza Soares, Wilson Das Neves, Nina Miranda, Arlindo Cruz, and Gabriel Moura. The supergroup of sorts is set to release Brasil Bam Bam Bam — a 13-track portrait of the multifaceted sounds of Brazil that spans samba, bossa nova, baile funk, tropicália, and several more national flavors. On "Bam Bam Bam," Gilles and the band offer up a jolting, percussion-driven excursion fronted by pop samba icon Seu Jorge (of Life Aquatic and City of God fame) and Giovanca's group vocals. Sonzeira's Bam Bam Bam is up for pre-order now and will be available digitally in the U.S. on May 27 from Harvest Records. Stream the title track, premiering here today, below and check out our Afro-Brazil column for more on these sounds leading up to the World Cup.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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