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Listen to Santi's Addictive New Single 'Freaky' Featuring Bridge & Nonso Amadi

This track is badass, laid-back and highly addictive.

Nigerian artist Santi first got on our radar with his refreshing afro-dancehall track "Gangsta Fear," featuring new wave artist Odunsi the Engine, in 2016.

His genre-bending sound and non-conformist style have made him one of the most thrilling artists to watch in the Lagos music scene.

"Freaky," the new single from his forthcoming project, has a sinister edge to it. For the song, Santi enlists his Lagos-based emcee BRIDGE on the hook while Nonso Amadi's heartbreak-laden vocals smoothen up the rugged feel of track.


Santi's hypnotic dancehall-like delivery floats effortlessly over the dense and seductive beat produced by fellow Monster Boy, Genio. Overall this track is badass, laid-back and highly addictive.

Check out Santi's brand new single "Freaky" below and purchase it here.

You're definitely going to have this one on repeat this week.


Interview
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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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