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Bossa Nova Meets Trap In This New Single From Ziminino

Listen to our premiere of "I'm Cool Like That."

Ziminino is a new project from INTL BLK that features collaborations between Chief Boima and a host of Afro-Brazilian artists coming out of Bahia.

The project has already shared its first song and now comes through with the follow-up single, "I'm Cool Like That"—a head-nodding track spearheaded by singer-songwriter Ricô Santana, produced by Rafa Dias and Boima.

The hypnotizing song is a mixture of trap, bossa nova, and pagodão, an urban style of popular music from Bahia which could be seen as Salvador's equivalent to Baile Funk. Rafa Dias is the inventor of the electronic pagodão sound that resulted in massive tracks like "Elas Gostam (Popa de Bunda)" by Psirico and ATTØØXXA (the band Rafa founded).

"I'm Cool Like That" mixes all of those sounds into a blend entirely of its own.

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First Listen: Chief Boima on Kondi Band's New Album, 'Salone'

We catch up with one of our favorite DJs and talk about his new project with Sierra Leonean thumb piano player Sorie Kondi.

DIASPORA - Kondi Band is a music group formed by Sierra Leonean kondi (a Sierra Leonean version of the thumb piano) virtuoso,  Sorie Kondi, and Rio de Janeiro-based American/ Sierra-Leonean DJ Chief Boima.

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