Audio

Diamond Bass' Kuduro-Influenced 'BOMBOM'

Download Lisbon/London producer Diamond Bass' kuduro-meets-UK bass "BOMBOM"


Producer Diamond Bass, a signee of Buraka label Enchufada, has been taking a  UK bass approach to kuduro for some time — see his 2011 banger "Lwanda." In his latest single "BOMBOM," the Lisbon/London producer chops up a vocal sample asking for 'more kuduro' (mais kuduro mais forte), laying it over a bombardment of Angolan-influenced percussion. The song's best moment, however, comes in around the 1-minute mark when a lone synthesizer takes over the track with its twitching melody. Download Diamond Bass' "BOMBOM" below.

Interview

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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