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Inna Modja 'C'est La Vie'

Malian singer Inna Modja drops a vibrant video for her latest single, 'C'est La Vie,' which pays homage to celebrated visual artists.


Malian soul-pop singer Inna Modja invites us to a polychromatic house party in the video for her new single "C’est La Vie."  Mentored as a teenager by Mali's legendary vocalist Salif Keita, Modja got her start in music as a backing vocalist for Keita’s Rail Band de Bamako before relocating to France where she worked as a model while pursuing her music career. In the cinematic clip, the Paris-based songstress toasts to the good life with her closest pals in vibrant ankara print outfits and settings reminiscent of well-known works by fellow Malians Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and David LaChapelle. Besides paying homage to these artistic luminaries with eye-popping visuals, the upbeat track off Modja's forthcoming studio album Motel Bamako and its English/French lyrics intend to recall the temporary nature of the drudgery and anxieties associated with 21st century living. Watch the Marco Conti Sikic-directed video below.

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Interview: 808x On Crafting Different Sounds For the Diverse Innanetwav Roster

808x, the in-house producer for South Africa's popular hip-hop collective/label Innanetwav, breaks down his working process with artists and the importance of energy.

Reflecting on the early days of Cash Money Records during a conversation with legendary New Orleans producer Mannie Fresh earlier this year, Lil Wayne said:

"When we started, record labels had one producer for the whole record label. Meaning that Mannie Fresh produced every song on every album, from the intro to the artist."

Some labels, groups and collectives still observe that tradition. It, however, takes a producer with such versatility they could be mistaken to be different personalities altogether.

Joburg-based producer 808x is a great example of that type of producer. Being the in-house producer and engineer for one of the country's most versatile collectives and contemporary hip-hop labels, Innanetwav, 808x has to craft beats that slice through the spectrum of genres with inimitable fluidity and creativity.

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