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Listen to Juls and Mr Eazi's New Single 'Cake'

Juls shares another single ahead of the release of his forthcoming album "Colour."

Frequent collaborators Juls and Mr Eazi, link up once again on "Cake."

The two-and-a-half minute track sees Mr Eazi singing about his love interest's derrière atop mid tempo production. On the catchy chorus, the artist references DJ Tjaey's 2017 hit, "Look Like You," dropping lines about a girl who gives him a "sugar rush."

The two previously worked together on Mr Eazi's massive single "Skintight," as well as the track "Hollup." Cake is another solid collaboration from the duo.


Mr Eazi recently dropped the music video for his single "Supernova," telling Hot 97 in a recent interview that while he doesn't have plans of dropping an album this year, we can expect more singles. He also spoke about his mission to fund up-and-coming African artists through his empawa endeavor. OkayAfrica spoke to the artist about empawa back in March.

Last month, Juls shared the ethereal music video for the song "Maayaa," featuring Santi and Tanzanian artist Tiggs Da Author. His forthcoming album Colour is due out on July 26.

Hear "Cake" below.


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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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