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NYC: Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège

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You may know Derrick Ashong as the host of Al Jazeera English's The Stream, or from Oprah Radio’s The Derrick Ashong Experience, but a lot of folks know him from his successful globe-trotting band, Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège. Back in 2010 we wrote that Soulfège combines light reggae guitar melodies with driving rock chords and heavy hip-hop beats, along with more traditional African music. The band doesn't describe their music as "fushion," but rather "Afropolitan." The animated short, Love Rain Down (above) was released in tandem with a track from their latest album, Afropolitan. Check out Derrick and the band Feb. 9th at Drom in NYC, $10 advance, $15 at the door. For more info on the event go here. To read our full interview with Derrick go here.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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