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Listen To 2 Dope Mixes By DJ Raiko

Two mixes, one hip-hop, and another new soul, from DJ Raiko.

DJ Raiko, a South African hip-hop legend of note, and one of the best to ever operate the wheels of steel this side of the Equator, just dropped two mixes on his SoundCloud page.


The first mix, titled 84' JETTA RAP, is hip-hop, consisting mostly of golden-era inspired rap music. You'll hear songs from the likes of Pusha T, Elzhi, Princess Nokia, Jonwayne, among others.

The second mix, titled dither, consists of new school R&B and soul music, featuring songs by artists such as Jorjia Smith, SiR, SZA, and a lot more.

Listen to the mixes below, and be sure to follow DJ Raiko on SoundCloud, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, for more mixes and remixes.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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