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Egyptian Songstress Maryam Saleh x Oddisee 'Nouh Al Hamam'

The Oddisee produced 'Nouh Al Hamam' from Egyptian songstress Maryam Saleh is the first leak off 'Sawtuha' (due out January 24 via Jakarta Records).


In the backdrop of repressive and violent backlash from the Arab Spring, nine female artists from Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt convened to sing against "corruption, despotism, patronization and narrow-mindedness." Sawtuha (the Arabic word for "her voice") is the culmination of their two week recording session in Tunisia (organized by Berlin-based NGO MICT– Media In Cooperation and Transition), where Sudanese-American beatmaker Oddisee and Olof Dreijer (1/2 of Swedish electro-duo the Knife) came aboard to add a production hand. Egyptian songstress Maryam Saleh's Oddisee-produced "Nouh Al Hamam" is the first track from the project to surface. Listen below and stay tuned for more on Sawtuha, due out January 24th via Jakarta Records.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

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