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Listen to Solo’s New Single ‘Promises’ Featuring Kwesta

Solo and Kwesta connect on 'Promises.'

Solo and Kwesta share a bouncy kwaito beat on "Promises." Kwesta's at home over an instrumental of this kind. It's, however, a shift on Solo's side, who hasn't been known for new age kwaito. The rapper adapts his delivery accordingly, using fewer words than you'd normally expect in his verse.


"Promises" is the second single to Solo's upcoming album C.Plenty.Dreams. The first single was "Two by Two," and was released by the rapper to celebrate marrying his longtime lover, actress Dineo Moeketsi in June. "Two by Two," which featured Buks, references kwaito in its rhythm and bubblegum in texture.

Clearly, Solo is going through some changes—his previous work has revealed him as a hip-hop purist who prefers oom bap-leaning production. This shift increases the curiosity about C.Plenty.Dreams as fans aren't sure what to expect.

C.Plenty.Dreams will be the last piece of a trilogy of albums that started with 2014's .Dreams.A.Plenty, followed by .Dreams.B.Plenty in 2016. The series traces Solo's journey as he grows as a human being and a rapper. .Dreams.B.Plenty has been the most layered of the albums, with Solo using skits to drive his point home. The rapper was more aggressive on it than he was on his debut. From the two singles we've heard from C.Plenty.Dreams, it seems Solo's more fulfilled and is in celebratory mode. We are here for it.

C.Plenty.Dreams will be out on September 20.

Stream "Promises" below:



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Interview: Sango's ‘Da Rocinha 4’ Is a Polished & Grinding Take On Baile Funk

We speak with the Seattle-based DJ and producer about his new album and the music bridges connecting Brazil, the US and the world.

It's a common joke in Brazil: once three or more Brazilian people gather together, they will start a WhatsApp group. The producer and DJ Kai Wright, who goes by the alias Sango, is well aware of that. While he is giving this interview through a Zoom call, a sound notification pops from his computer. "Do you hear that?" he says, amidst laughs. "It's WhatsApp, this album was made through WhatsApp groups."

Once and for all, Sango is not Brazilian. "I am an ambassador for that sound, but I am a Black American," he says. "That sound" is baile funk, the most prominent Brazilian electronic and popular music of the past decades. Born in Michigan and based in Seattle, Sango became a beacon for a new strain of baile funk around 2012, when he released the album Da Rocinha—a suite that he revisits in his new release, Da Rocinha 4.

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