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Download Jumping Back Slash's Gqom Remixes Of John Carpenter For Halloween

Download Jumping Back Slash's Halloween-themed 'Gqom Carpenter' EP, featuring gqom remixes of director John Carpenter themes.


SA/UK producer Jumping Back Slash celebrates Halloween this year by dropping the free Gqom Carpenter EP, which features remixes of director John Carpenter's horror film themes in the style of gqom. JBS explained the underground South African genre to Stamp The Wax earlier this year, "Gqom comes out of Durban. It started out being called Broken Beat and in a way was a reaction to SA house, stripping away everything until it was just a beat. Gqom is not 4 on the 4. The kick is broken and syncopated, any musical content is distilled down, usually to one note and any vocals are reduced down to shouts, yelps and exclamations. It’s repetitive, hypnotic, dark, tribal music... It’s made by kids, most of them unknown... Most of the tracks are low-bitrate mp3s that are overly compressed and slightly distorted at times, but all of this adds to the charm." Stream Jumping Back Slash's Gqom Carpenter EP below and watch the adjoining video. Happy Gqomuween!

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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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