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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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Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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