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Angolan Duo Tchobari Blend Kuduro & Afro-House In 'Kwatsiru'

Angolan producer-MC duo Tchobari release debut album, 'Kwatsiru' named after their fusion of contemporary Angolan styles and sounds.


Before they were a group, Angolan duo Tchobari comprised of rapper Sarissari and beatmaker Tchoboly — were producing beats and working with artists such as R&B crooner/kizomba dancer Anselmo Ralph and kuduro sensation Game Walla. After working with varied local and global sounds, the two came together to carefully blend the kuduro world with kizomba, semba and other contemporary Angolan genres. Their combination results in an impressive and unique sound that Tchobari dub 'kwatsiru.' The name, which also doubles as the title of their debut album, Kwatsiru, marks a project two years in the making. The 15-track LP has been making waves across Angola and includes a mix of semba guitars, slow kizomba rhythms, afrohouse kicks and ndombolo beats. The duo has released music videos for three for album cuts "E Male," "Quem Mandou Me Nascer," and "We Love You Madiba." In "É Male,"the Luanda artists cruise on motorcycles, while a taste of Angolan nightlife is shown in "Quem Mandou Me Nascer." After the passing of Nelson Mandela, Tchobari also released their own tribute "We Love You Madiba." Watch all three videos from Kwatsiru, stream the release below and buy it on iTunes.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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