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Watch Cabo Verdean Songstress Mayra Andrade's 'Ilha De Santiago' [Premiere]

Watch Cabo Verdean songstress Mayra Andrade's sun-drenched video for "Ilha De Santiago."


Mayra Andrade is one the leading voices interpreting and furthering the sounds of Cabo Verdean morna music (made popular by the likes of Cesária Évora) for contemporary ears. The Cabo Verde-rooted, Paris-based singer released her pop-oriented fourth album Lovely Difficult last year, which featured  "We Used To Call It Love" and was nominated for France's Victoires de la Musique Awards. The video for "Ilha de Santiago," the latest single off Lovely Difficult, is a sun-drenched collage of local scenes and faces from the island of Santiago, including batuku legend Ntóni Denti d’Oro.

"Beyond the beautiful landscapes, what makes Cape Verde unique to me is the intense human experience one gets to live there," Mayra Andrade states, "This is the first thing I told to director Colin Solal Cardo and that I deemed very important to feature in the video. While this song praises the popular singers, musicians and composers of Santiago; the video pays tribute to the authenticity, care and hope that characterize the Cape Verdean people far from the common clichés. I’ll always remember this shoot traveling across my island surrounded by so much love.” Watch the music video for "Ilha De Santiago," directed by La Blogothèque's Colin Solal Cardo, below.

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Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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