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Video: "Ntoto" by Fredy Massamba, New Album "Ethnophony"

Congolese artist Fredy Massamba released his album, Ethnophony featuring the single "Ntoto."

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This past spring, Congolese artist Fredy Massamba released his album, Ethnophony in France - and luckily we hear there is soon to be a U.S. release as well. With an exciting mix of soul, reggae and acoustic music reminiscent of Anthony Hamilton, Fredy incorporates many African sounds into the mix as well.  Speaking of the mix, the entire album including "Ntoto" was mixed by Tom Soares who's worked with Erykah Badu, Rakim, Alicia Keys and more. Check out the vid for his single "Ntoto" above.  Sung completely in Kikongo (the Bantu language spoken by the Bakongo and Bandundu of DRC), his songs speak of tolerance, love and hope for the African people. You can listen to the album in its entirety on his website, and then buy it HERE. After a receiving a wonderful response in Europe, Fredy is making his way to New York to present the album. After watching "Ntoto," be sure to check him out on tour (NYC + Europe) - dates after the jump.

 

Fredy Massamba NYC Tour Dates:

Southpaw, Brooklyn- Sept. 9

Farafina Cafe, Harlem- Sept. 10

Shrine, Harlem- Sept. 12

Interview

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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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