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Angelique Kidjo Makes Her 'Maiden Venture' Into Electronic Music on Pablo Nouvelle's 'Milambi'

The song is the first single from Nouvelle's new EP 'Eliso.'

Grammy-winning Beninese legend Angelique Kidjo joins forces with the Swiss DJ/producer Pablo Nouvelle on the track 'Milambi,' the first single from Nouvelle's newly released EP Eliso.

The track, which originally premiered in January via the archival music label Beating Heart, marks Kidjo's "maiden venture" into electronic music, as stated in a press release. The track is made up of "archival African field recordings,"from Hugh Tracey's collection. It also fuses booming electronic sound with elements of afrobeat. Kidjo delivers powerhouse vocals as usual.


The song was inspired by Nouvelle's recent trips to Eswatini and Mozambique and the accompanying video consists of footage from Tracey's archival collection, woven together to match the song's catchy rhythm.

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Kidjo, who is fresh off her fourth Grammy win, also recently featured on the song "Shekere" with Nigerian artist Yemi Alade. It's exciting to see the artist experiment with even more unique sounds—something she's been known to do throughout her career and most recently with the release of her album Celia.

Piano Pieces and Atlas Internet Café last year. Listen to his latest EP Eliso below, and hear "Milambi" above.




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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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