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Mark Ronson’s Funk Remix Of Ibeyi’s ‘Stranger / Lover’

British star producer Mark Ronson shares an infectious funk 're-fix' of Ibeyi's melancholic relationship ballad "Stranger / Lover."

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Ibeyi’s “Stranger / Lover” gets treated to an infectious 're-fix' by none other than famed British producer Mark Ronson. The multi-instrumentalist completely reshapes the song, transforming it from a jazz-tinged, soul anthem to an 80s inspired funk tune infused with pulsating electric guitar riffs, synthesized drum kicks, and resounding R&B vocals. “I’ve never worked so closely with an artist when doing a remix before," Ronson says in an interview with The Fader. His additions give the song an entirely different feel, but the twins’ soothingly honeyed vocals still shine through.

The French-Cuban duo also spoke with The Fader recently about their reaction to Beyoncé using their song “River” in an Instagram video and the spirituality in their music. “I think spirituality is just about the moment—being in the moment. Not in the future or the past but right now. Art is about that. It's about how you feel in that instant. The words that you're saying at the second you're saying them. This movement, this way you breathe. The moment when the pencil touches the paper” mentions Ibeyi's Lisa-Kaindé Díaz.

Listen to Mark Ronson’s groovy reworking of Ibeyi’s “Stranger / Lover” and revisit the twins’ evocative music video for the single below.

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

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