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In 2005 the music world was awakened to the blues imbued afropop emanating out of Mali courtesy of Amadou & Mariam. Six years later their son Sam is poised to take his parents’ signature sound a step further with his hip-hop group's debut album, the eponymous SMOD. Due to be released May 24th, the album features production by the world-renowned French singer/producer Manu Chao -  the man who helped launch Amadou & Mariam into international prominence. SMOD combines folk, blues, traditional Malian styles, and hip-hop into an airy musical base that melds perfectly with the fluid complexion of French rapping. But the sunny guitar and jaunty singing on SMOD’s songs often belie lyrics dripping with social criticism. “Les Africains Dirigeants” is unrepentant in its critique of African dictators and rampant corruption across the continent. While folksy Malian hip-hop is SMOD’s bread and butter%

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Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

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Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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