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Listen to Wande Coal's New Single 'Again'

The star Nigerian artist returns with a new ballad.

Veteran Nigerian artist Wande Coal shares his latest single the heartfelt "Again," which his first track of 2020.

The artist slows things down a bit for the mid-tempo track produced by Melvitto. He shows his versatility as he appeals to a lover who "makes his heart smile." While many of the artist's recent releases have been dance-inducing, this track offers a nice change of pace that will most likely make you want to sing along.

It's the artist's latest single since the release of "Ode Lo Like" and "Vex" which he dropped in 2019. The latter was produced by the Nigerian hitmaker Sarz. Coal also recently featured on the remix to "Amina" from Ivorian artist Afro B and producers TEAM SALUT.


Following the success of major hits like "Iskaba" and "So Mi So," the artist signed a new record deal with the American label Empire at the end of last year. He also announced that he'd be dropping his new EP Realms next month, so we also have that to look forward to from the artist. Realms will be his first since 2015's Wanted.

Listen to "Again" down 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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