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Nozinja & Tessela Share The Full Stream Of Split Single 'Wa Chacha'

Hear the full versions of Shangaan Electro producer Nozinja and Tessela's dual single "Wa Chacha."


Last week we reported on the upcoming release of the collabroative dual 12'' single 'Wachaha' from South Africa's Shangaan Electro king Nozinja and UK breakbeat maestro Tessela, coming out on Bleep on February 9. In a brief e-mail interview with The Fader, Nozinja sheds some light on the meaning behind the track, explaining that "'Wa Chacha' is a song that is sung by women, especially the mother of a girl who is back from adulthood or school". The 12'' record features the original version of the song written by Nozinja, along with an interpretation from Tessela. While it may be easy to assume that this 12'' release fits the standard original single/remix format, further inquiry reveals a creative process born out of a genuine cultural and technical exchange."Tessela and I played a show in London together and we we were both in a hurry to do something together," Nozinja told Fader.  "He's very good at mixing sounds. I taught him Shangaan sounds and drums and I learned how he puts together different sounds. I wish to do it again." Nozinja is also currently working on his debut album for Warp, so maybe this collaboration will happen again sooner than we think. Listen to the full stream below.

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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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