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Congotronics Meet Angolan Rhythms In Konono N°1 & Batida’s New Album

Kinshasa’s Grammy Award-winning Konono N°1 are joining forces with producer Batida for a new collaborative album.


Konono N°1, Kinshasa’s Grammy Award-winning electric likembe group, are joining forces with Angolan/Portuguese producer Pedro Coquenão aka Batida for a new collaborative album.

Konono N°1 Meets Batida looks to marry the the Congotronic rhythms of the Kinshasa-based group with Batida’s electronic blend of Angolan kuduro, semba and afro-house sounds. The project was entirely recorded in Coquenão’s garage studio in Lisbon.

“I remember mixing Konono tunes with beats on my first broadcasts back in 2007," Batida mentions. "On my first album, the track 'Tribalismo' was definitely inspired by K1's sound, and at my concerts, I had my own kalimba going through a Big Muff pedal, linked to an amp, looking for a similar K1 effect.”

“Nlele Kalusimbiko,” the album’s lead single, is an entrancing and heavily-percussive affair featuring Bissau-Guinean poet AF Diaphra on vocals and Papa Juju on guitar.

Hear it and watch an album trailer below.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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