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Synapson Enlist Oumou Sangaré for the Blazing New Track 'Bensema'

PREMIERE: The French duo links up with the legendary Malian singer for a pulsating new song.

Legendary Malian singer Oumou Sangaré, joins French DJ duo Synapson on their latest single "Bensema."

Sangaré's powerful vocals shine on the track as she sings rhythmically over pulsating, electronic production. The Wassoulou singer brings booming energy to the dance-worthy track. The standout single marks the duo's return following the release of their debut EP Haute Couture in 2010, and their 2015 album Convergence.

The group, consisting of members Alex and Paul, wanted to work with artists from all over the world this time around, and the Grammy-winning Sangaré, was a clear favorite.


"For a while we were playing a remix of her song 'Fadjamou.' We love her really distinctive voice. It's one of the great voices of Mali which is heard all over the world," says the duo about how the collaboration came about. "We are extremely happy to have been able to work with such a great artist to signal our return after the SUPER 8 album and two years of touring. Synapson want to write a new chapter and it is an honour to write the first page with Oumou Sangaré."

Sangaré dropped the album Mogoya Remixed in 2018 which featured reinterpreted versions of songs from the previously released album.

Synapson and Sangaré make for a unique duo, listen to "Bensema" below.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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