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Video: Tanya Auclair’s “Gabriel”

Musical world traveler and Okayafrica favorite, Tanya Auclair, is all set to release her latest EP, Origami, June 13th. We’ll be sure to give you more info on her new project as it comes in, but for the time being we can offer you a sample of her experimental musical style. In this video Ms. Auclair reworks “Gabriel,” a two-step song originally recorded by Roy Davis Jr. and Peven Everett. Auclair strips down the original’s rhythmic sound and turns it into a folksy ballad that showcases all of the musical styles she’s picked up in her career, from Rwanda to London. The new version isn’t as dance-friendly as the original, but her bare bones treatment reveals the soulful lyrics that were overshadowed by the original’s heavy bass and synthesizer.

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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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