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These Remixes of Oumou Sangaré Are Just What You Need For The New Month

Krizbeatz and PEDRO re-work two tracks from the Malian singer's last album. It's just a taste of the fully updated Mogoya Remixed, which drops digitally March 2 via Nø Førmat!

Last year, Grammy Award-winning singer Oumou Sangaré released her album, Mogoya, after an eight year hiatus from music. And this month, she's back with more.

Two tracks on the album have been remixed by Krizbeatz and PEDRO in anticipation for the release of an entirely reworked remix album, Mogoya Remixed, which is due March 2. With this update, Oummou is hoping to reach young people in Mali, while still remaining firmly rooted in the Wassoulou tradition that forms the foundation of her music.

First up, Nigeria's "King of New Wave," Krizbeatz remixes Oumou's track "Djoukourou." The producer weaves his signature electronic sound into the song, making it at home in any afro-dance club. "Oumou Sangaré is Gold", said Krizbeatz about working with the Malian singer. "Working with such a diverse culture and a language different to my own was an adventure - music is limitless and these things aren't a barrier."

The second track sees PEDRO take on"'Kounkoun." The Portuguese artist (formerly known as Kking Kong) gives the song the same treatment that garnered him praise from Diplo and and DJ Snake, as the track seamlessly marries the Lisbon dance music scene with Oumou's Malian sound. PEDRO attributes his success in doing this to his upbringing in the largely African-descendant community of Damaia, Portugal, where African music was constantly playing around him. Speaking on his experience remixing "Kounkoun," PEDRO said, "When I first heard Oumou's track, I just knew it would be the one I could include in my universe. It's such a great honour to be associated with such an amazing artist".

Mogoya Remixed album is out digitally this Friday (March 2) via Nø Førmat! Pre-order it here and check out the album art work below.

Update 3/7/18: Listen to Sampha's hypnotizing remix of Oumou Sangaré from Mogoya Remixed as well below.

Mogoya Remixed cover.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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