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Joey Le Soldat 'L'Hivernage'

Burkina Faso rapper Joey Le Soldat's 'L'Hivernage' is the latest single from his forthcoming 'Burkin Bâ' via Akwaaba Music.


Joey Le Soldat, one half of Burkinabe hip-hop innovators Waga 3000, has dropped another track from his forthcoming sophomore effort Burkin Bâ. "L'hivernage" is a melancholy slow burner led by a testament to the rainy season and nature's fertility. It's a move away from the big bass of lead single "D.M.D," and a welcome insight into Le Soldat's eclectic sound. On his latest, rousing female vocals fade in and out as a backbone along with production from DJ Form, which together create a delicate atmosphere, skilfully balanced out by Le Soldat's melodic yet gritty wordplay. Burkin Bâ arrives February 11th via Akwaaba Music/Tentacule Records. Until then, stream and download "L'Hivernage" below.

Update: Watch the recently released visuals for "L'Hivernage" below.

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Interview: Sango's ‘Da Rocinha 4’ Is a Polished & Grinding Take On Baile Funk

We speak with the Seattle-based DJ and producer about his new album and the music bridges connecting Brazil, the US and the world.

It's a common joke in Brazil: once three or more Brazilian people gather together, they will start a WhatsApp group. The producer and DJ Kai Wright, who goes by the alias Sango, is well aware of that. While he is giving this interview through a Zoom call, a sound notification pops from his computer. "Do you hear that?" he says, amidst laughs. "It's WhatsApp, this album was made through WhatsApp groups."

Once and for all, Sango is not Brazilian. "I am an ambassador for that sound, but I am a Black American," he says. "That sound" is baile funk, the most prominent Brazilian electronic and popular music of the past decades. Born in Michigan and based in Seattle, Sango became a beacon for a new strain of baile funk around 2012, when he released the album Da Rocinha—a suite that he revisits in his new release, Da Rocinha 4.

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