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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.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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