Video

Video: Batida 'Alegria'

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This new joint from Angola/Portugal's Batida just drips with celebratory vibes. The track and clip take notes from and commemorate Angola's carnival (which is the main influence behind the one in Rio). Batida breaks down "Alegria" as a "kuduro beat, with elements of semba, crossing electronica with African psychedelia."

The kaleidoscopic video was made using archival footage of the Carnival of Luanda back in the 70s mixed with images of a recent concert at Knowledge Pavillion in Lisbon. Watch it above and lookout for Batida's self-titled debut out March 26 via Soundway (tracklist below).

BATIDA LP

1. Pronto pra Batida feat. MCK

2. Alegria

3. Yumbala feat. Circuito Feixado

4. Tirei o Chapéu feat. Ikonoklasta

5. Puxa feat. Beat Laden

6. Bazuka (Quem me rusgou)

7. Tribalismo feat. Circuito Feixado (CD ONLY)

8. Ka Heueh feat. Ngongo

9. Saudade feat. Bob da Rage Sense

10. Cuka feat. Ikonoklasta

Interview
Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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