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Wired For Sound's Mozambique Mobile Recording Studio LP

The mobile recording studio project Wired For Sound (from Freshlyground members plus Kim Winter) releases its Mozambique album.

Freshlyground's Simon Attwell and Julio Sigauque and radio producer Kim Winter recently turned us onto new music coming out of Northern Mozambique through their "mobile recording studio" project Wired For Sound (WFS). Funded by the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), the trio equipped a 4x4 with solar panels and a battery system to capture sounds from more remote areas of the region. With the world as a recording studio, the WFS team partnered with local community radio stations to host live discussions and interviews with up-and-coming musicians to be broadcast on community airwaves. They then took the recordings back to South Africa for further mixing, mastering and collaborations (including with Freshlyground's Zolani Mahola) with the goal of producing a full-length album (the proceeds of which would go towards creating permanent recording/producing facilities in the featured artists' communities).


In the day leading up to Mozambique's 39th Independence Day, Wired For Sound dropped the finished album, which Attwell explains “exhibits the best collaborative songs recorded over two months in northern Mozambique, showcasing traditional instrumentalists, contemporary singer songwriters, MCs, choirs and bands. The album covers a wide range of genres spanning rap beats and African style zouk to Marrabenta and Chimurenga rhythms with several haunting instrumental pieces.” Listen to all 17 tracks below. Download the album at iTunes and catch some footage from the project below as well. Next up Wired For Sound heads to Malawi.

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Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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