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Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg Announce The 'Johannesburg' EP

Hear the lead single from Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg's South African-inspired EP.


Mumford & Sons have shared that they'll be releasing a collaborative EP with Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg. 

The forthcoming Johannesburg EP will include 5 songs inspired by the British band's recent tour in South Africa that feature "afrobeat rhythms, Esau Mwamwaya [of the Very Best] and Baaba's voices and languages, over Western songwriting," according to Marcus Mumford. The EP was recorded at the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Johannesburg over  two all-day and all-night sessions. 

Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall was featured on Baaba Maal's The Traveller, which came out earlier this year. Revisit our interview with Baaba Maal about that album, which was produced by The Very Best's Johan Hugo.

Stream "There Will Be Time," the lead single from Johannesburg and watch the EP's trailer below. Check out the EP's track list underneath and all additional info on the release here

Johannesburg Track List

1. There Will Be Time (ft. Babaa Maal)

2. Wona (ft. Babaa Maal, the Very Best & Beatenberg)

3. Fool You've Landed (ft. the Very Best & Beatenberg)

4. Ngamila (ft. Babaa Maal & the Very Best)

5. Si Tu Veux (ft. Babaa Maal & the Very Best)

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Eli Fola Offers a 'Soundscape to Freedom' With New Performance Visuals

The multidisciplinary artist's latest release "Blackness Be Divine" gives listeners a glimpse into what the musician has to offer.

Nigerian born-Brooklyn based artist Eli Fola is back in our hearts and on our screens, with the latest music video release for his single "Blackness Be Divine" off of his EP, Soundscape to Freedom.

The DJ, saxophonist and producer's release comes from his own production and events label Tech Afrique.

The EP's opening track, "Blackness Be Divine" is, "like a letter of empowerment to all Black people across the diaspora to embrace their brilliance and to know that they are royalty living in this world," he says. "The project was inspired by events that took place this year during the middle of the pandemic with the rise of the black lives matter movement and protest across the country."

Although the EP is only six tracks long, it certainly packs a punch with its hypnotic rhythms, nostalgic house beats and graceful lyrics heard throughout the project. It truly is a unique musical adventure.

Eli Fola's self-proclaimed "Yoruba tech soul" elements are loud and clear in this brilliantly eclectic piece of music.

Watch Eli Fola's performance visuals for "Blackness Be Divine" below.

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