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Interview: Walshy Fire On Reconnecting Africa and the Caribbean through The Sound Of Rum

A conversation with the Jamaican born DJ/Producer and Bacardi Sound Of Rum curator who's worked with Mr Eazi, Vanessa Mdee, Ice Prince and Runtown.

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"If we aren't talking about growth, positivity and good energy in the opportunities that we have, then we're wasting our opportunities" Walshy Fire says. "It's about helping move the culture forward - which is what I want to do". The artist, born Leighton Paul Walsh, recently released his Afrobeats and dancehall-fusing debut solo album, ABENG, after achieving global success as one third of supergroup Major Lazer and producing standout hits such as Koffee's "Toast".

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Video: Walshy Fire On Bridging African & Caribbean Sounds In 'ABENG'

In 'Moments With: Walshy Fire,' we sit down with Walshy Fire to talk about the many inspirations behind ABENG, Kenya's role in the process, the label of "afrobeats," and pushing positive music.

Walshy Fire—producer, DJ and member of Major Lazer—recently released his latest record, ABENG.

Throughout its 11 songs, the new album aims to be a conversation between the Caribbean and Africa, featuring some of the biggest names across the dancehall and afro-fusion scenes like Mr Eazi, Kranium, Ice Prince, Demarco, Wizkid, Runtown and many more.

We sat down with Walshy Fire to talk about the many inspirations behind ABENG and its title, Kenya's role in the process, the label of "afrobeats," and pushing positive music.

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Walshy Fire Links Up with Mr Eazi & Kranium In the Colorful Music Video for 'Call Me'

Get into the latest single off of Walshy Fire's upcoming project, "Abeng."

A Reunion of Rhythms: Walshy Fire and Machel Montano on 'Afro Soca'

'Afro Soca,' the musical exchange that has the potential to strengthen ties between African and Caribbean people like never before.

WurlD, Walshy Fire & Shizzi Drop The Afro Soul Summer Jam 'Show You Off'

Nigeria meets the Caribbean in WurlD, Walshy Fire (Major Lazer) & Shizzi's breezy summer track "Show You Off."

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Okayafrica Teams Up With LargeUp & Walshy Fire On Miami's First 'Afro Soca' Party

Okayafrica is joining forces with LargeUp & Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire to host Miami’s first 'Afro Soca' party.