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Moroccan Gnawa Legend Hassan Hakmoun To Return From 12 Year Hiatus With 'Unity'

After a 12 year hiatus and only 3 days in the recording studio, Moroccan Gnawa legend Hassan Hakmoun is back with the forthcoming 'Unity.'


After a twelve year hiatus from the studio, Gnawa musician Hassan Hakmoun is set to release his latest album Unity this April. Outside the studio, the master sintir player– who first picked up the Morrocan three-stringed bass lute aged 4– has been raking in mean international touring cred (you can peep his live set at NYC's 2014 globalFEST over here). The upcoming electric-sintir heavy album, recorded in just three days, spotlights an upbeat take on traditional gnawa music. Hakmoun collaborated with bassist Yossi Fine (formerly of Excentric Soundsystem) on the record. Ahead of the release comes the video for the groove heavy "Soutinbi," which you can watch below. Look out for Hassan Hakmoun's Unity April 12th via his own Healing Records.

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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