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Ghanaian Singer Jojo Abot & Peter Matson Premiere 'Stop The Violence'

Jojo Abot shares a new single titled 'Stop The Violence' produced by Peter Matson of Underground System Afrobeat.


When we last checked in with Jojo Abot, the Ghanaian singer had just dropped  two live studio performances in support of her forthcoming debut EP Fyfya Woto. With songs based around a woman's right to choose, the conceptual project marks Abot first body of work as a musical artist. Though no official release has been announced for the EP,  Abot has steadily been hard at work on new material some of which she's shared today in the form of a new single titled "Stop The Violence (S.T.V)."

Stop the violence before you kill a man,” sings Abot on the groovy and hypnotically plaintive "S.T.V." “Armed with greed and selfishness, you destroy your own. Sell your soul to highest bidder. When will you realize you’re not one of them." For Abot, a 26-year-old rising creative who divides her time between Accra, New York and Copenhagen, the message of this track bears a global significance. “Something about the title and sound got me thinking about home, about Africa,” she said. “I felt inspired to take this opportunity to speak my short "truth" to the situations of violence that are intimate and close to home. Little did I know that in the midst of it all other nations were experiencing peaks in their own significant battles with violence and hatred. An ongoing battle that unites and divides us in the most peculiar ways”

The track, produced by Peter Matson of Brooklyn-based afrobeat ensemble Underground System, began as a remix from an original track of the same name by well-known Chicago bassist Bill 'The Buddha' Dickens.  Though Matson lifts a drum and electric piano loop from the original, he makes it his own by infusing his afrobeat jazz stylings to give it a mellow yet upbeat sound. High-life inspired guitar work with synths and ethereal sonic effects create a dark and layered house feel, while spurts of percussive brightness tie the whole track together rhythmically. Stream 'Stop The Violence (S.T.V)' below. For more on Abot, check out our First Look Friday  interview and keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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