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South African DJ Mo Laudi Launches Globalisto Record Label

Mo Laudi, past The Very Best collaborator and DJ, launches the afro-electronic minded record label 'Globalisto.'


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Mo Laudi, one of the pioneers of the UK's kuduro and kwaito party scene, is launching his own record label GlobalistoLaudi, who's previously collaborated with The Very Best and played shows with the likes of Miriam Makeba, Franz Ferdinand, Kid Cudi and Diplo, looks to target afro-electro music fans around the world with his new imprint.

“Globalisto was first born as a club night in Paris, mainly focused on new afro electronic music," Mo Laudi writes in an e-mail to Okayafrica. "It was quite easy in London because there is a huge Southern African community which made it possible to plant the seeds to grow a huge following. After years of touring, promoting parties and getting a lot of calls [from] artists in Africa especially South Africa that want to tour Europe... I found that the market does not really exist for them. There is not a platform like radio or TV where their music is played. So I felt the need to create a label that [would] facilitate this and use my international network that I have built over the years to showcase these artists. I started Globalisto as a way of inviting people to a new sound which was missing in Paris.” Mo Laudi started his weekly parties in South Africa before moving to London and, later, Paris.

Globalisto's first release is an EP by Parisian genre-bending producers Avant Garde Club Music. "In their debut EP you can hear the township snare patterned rhythms which have been popularized in the west by Pretoria house producers such as Mujava and Spoko," Laudi writes, "Then there is the occasional Chinese drum touch surf rock and arabic melodies almost [like] Rage Against The Machine. The rhythms are afro house to kuduro, kwaito, zouk bass to trap. There are elements of deep house, indie but the over all feel of their EP is post future beats."

Back in 2011, Mo Laudi started working "Revolution," a track inspired by the London Riots and Arab Spring alongside Parisian DJ Lazy Flow, which is being released through Globalisto. Stream and grab free downloads of "Revolution," as well as Avant Garde Club Music's remix of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero's "Home" below.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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