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Listen to Simi's New Album 'Omo Charlie Champagne Vol.1'

Featuring Patoranking, Adekunle Gold, Maleek Berry and Falz.

Nigerian star Simi has dropped her 13-song sophomore album, Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1.

The highly-anticipated record sees Simi showcasing her vocal skills and penchant for writing the type of sweet and addictive melodies that have made her a star.

Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1 features collaborations with fellow Nigerian artists Patoranking, Maleek Berry, Falz, and her husband Adekunle Gold.

Most of the production is handled by Oscar with other songs being handled by Vtek, Legendury Beatz, and Sess.

"When I was compiling this album, I knew I wanted to dedicate it to my daddy, Engr. Charles Oladele Ogunleye - who passed in 2014," Simi wrote on her Instagram. "I'm blessed to have come this far. I'm blessed that it was possible for me. I do not take this for granted."


"I couldn't possibly be more thankful for this journey. To have amazing people like you supporting me everyday is absolute Magic! I love you... I'm thankful to all the amazing people that made this possible - Steve Babaeko, my forever mentor. My team Oscar Heman-Ackah, Vincent, Iyanuoluwa, Wale Bello, my amazing family and friends, the incredible #SimiArmy! I love you so much. Thank you for making my world go round."

Listen to Simi's new album Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 below.



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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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