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Femi Kuti Delivers a Pulsating Afrobeat Remix of Jain’s ‘Come’

The legendary Femi Kuti drops a pulsating remix of the quickly-rising French singer Jain's "Come."

Jain is quickly becoming a big name in her native France and across Europe. Her pop creations, from a song about Miriam Makeba to her breakout single “Come,” have well over a million views each on Youtube.


Jain’s music blends Arabic percussion with French electro and West African rhythms in a style influenced by her international upbringing.

Born in Toulouse to a French father and half-Malagasy mother, the singer spent the majority of her youth living in Dubai and the Republic of the Congo.

She can now add a co-sign from the legendary Femi Kuti to her list of accolades with this new remix of “Come,” which we’re premiering today. Femi takes the original’s soaring melodies into afrobeat territory, adding walls of pulsing percussion and his signature saxophone and trumpet lines.

"When I heard that tune first, it gave me a breeze of fresh air, a recreation time in my Lagos chaotic world, and I had to find a great melody to go with a great song!" Femi Kuti tells Okayafrica.

"'Come' was one of the first songs that I wrote in Congo,” adds Jain. “I recorded the demo in a little home studio with a Congolese beatmaker called Mister Flash in Pointe Noire. That's how the African rhythm and percussions really came into this song. I like to say that it's melting pop. It's mainly pop but with a lot of different influences like Electro, Folk, Reggae, and World Music."

Listen to Femi Kuti’s remix of “Come” below.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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