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Kush Arora & MC ZULU Team Up On Azonto-Kuduro Twisting 'Witch Doctor'

Kush Arora and MC ZULU have teamed up on the azonto-kuduro collab 'Witch Doctor,' the latest in a series blending dancehall vocalists with electronic music.


When last we heard from SF producer Kush Arora he was building bridges between Angola and Jamaica on his kuduro-dancehall collab with Jahdan Blakkamoore. Kush's electronic dancehall experiment continues this time around with riddim-maker and longtime collaborator MC ZULU. Twisted and chopped into full moon dancefloor candy, "Witch Doctor" blends elements of azonto and kuduro into a sinister banger. Listen to the full EP and watch a live production video below. The track's acapella breakdown and a "Wine and Bend" version featuring ESCORT's Dave Sharma on percussion are up for free download. Witch Doctor is out now via Kush Arora Productions. Be on the look-out for more in the KAP series combining dancehall vocalists with electronic production.

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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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