Audio

Mozambican Artist Samito Blends 80s Pop and Soukous in His Debut Album

Montreal-based Mozambican artist and songwriter Samito shares a stream of his debut album.

Samito, the Montreal-based Mozambican artist and songwriter released his debut album earlier this week with Costume Records. The self-titled album, Samito, includes eight tracks from the artist highlighting his unique and distinctive new-age electronica sound.


“There's some Tom Waits, Céu, Tears for Fears, Patrick Watson, Gavinsky, etc. Also some soukous and afro-beat guitars, 80's pop, a pantsula bassline and other grooves.”

The album serves as a breakthrough for the newly emerging artist. Prepared in less than a month, Samito reimagines the landscape of afro-inspired beats in a new age.

"Behind this album is a certain tolerance to risk, intuition. The whole record was written, arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered within a period of 20 days between March and April, 2016. We recorded 9 songs [in two days], two of which didn't make it to the record. Instead we added ‘Tiku la Hina”

Tiku la Hina,” which debuted late last year as Samito’s first single was selected as one of our top songs of 2015.

Listen to Samito’s entire debut album below.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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