Audio

Mo Kolours' 'Drum Stalking' Mix

Stream UK/Mauritian producer Mo Kolours' percussion heavy "Drum Stalking" mixtape.


UK/Mauritian producer Mo Kolours has always experimented with many shades of percussion in his sega-inspired songs (see: the producer's Drum Talking EP from a few years back). On the heels of releasing a very promising lead single from his upcoming self-titled debut, Mo Kolours shares this percussion-heavy Drum Stalking mix, which the producer tells us is based on "drums and drummers from all around the world, spanning decades and genres, language and continents, but drawn together here by one primal source... The drum."  Hear his Drum Stalking mix below, premiering here today, and look out for Mo Kolours LP out March 24 on One Handed Music.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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