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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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