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Tony Allen & Damon Albarn Reunite On 'Go Back,' The Lead Single Off Allen's New Solo Album

'Go Back,' the first single off Tony Allen's forthcoming 'Film Of Life' LP, features Damon Albarn on vocals and keys.


Father of afrobeat percussion Tony Allen has a new solo album due out later this year (his first since 2009's Secret Agent). The first single off Film Of Life reunites Allen with frequent collaborator Damon Albarn on the supremely meditative horn-flanked ballad "Go Back." Besides featuring on vocals and keys, Albarn is credited as co-writing the song, which, according to a description from Allen's youtube channel, is an "homage to the African refugees who ended up on the Italian island of Lampedusa." The legendary Africa 70 drummer and Albarn first linked up back in 2002 on "Every Season" off Allen's Homecooking LP (though Allen/Albarn history even dates as far back to 2000 when the Blur frontman famously shouted out the afrobeat pioneer on "Music Is My Radar"). The pair later joined forces in supergroups The Good, The Bad, & The Queen and Rocket Juice & The Moon (along with Flea), as well as Albarn's Africa Express project. Listen to their latest collaboration "Go Back" and peep a 30-second teaser for Allen's forthcoming LP below. Film Of Life is due out in October via Jazz Village.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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