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Bossa Nova Meets Trap In This New Single From Ziminino

Listen to our premiere of "I'm Cool Like That."

Ziminino is a new project from INTL BLK that features collaborations between Chief Boima and a host of Afro-Brazilian artists coming out of Bahia.

The project has already shared its first song and now comes through with the follow-up single, "I'm Cool Like That"—a head-nodding track spearheaded by singer-songwriter Ricô Santana, produced by Rafa Dias and Boima.

The hypnotizing song is a mixture of trap, bossa nova, and pagodão, an urban style of popular music from Bahia which could be seen as Salvador's equivalent to Baile Funk. Rafa Dias is the inventor of the electronic pagodão sound that resulted in massive tracks like "Elas Gostam (Popa de Bunda)" by Psirico and ATTØØXXA (the band Rafa founded).

"I'm Cool Like That" mixes all of those sounds into a blend entirely of its own.


"It was Saturday morning, I woke up at Rafa's house and wondered 'what it would be like to mix bossa nova with trap music?," Rico Santana tels OkayAfrica about the song's inspiration. "That's how I came up with this song. The song has the atmosphere of a sunny day but with some chaos."

The new single, which we're premiering here today, is up for free limited download here. The full Ziminino album will be out early next year.

Get into "I'm Cool Like That" below.

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Watch This Stunning New Video From Brazil's TrapFunk&Alivio

"Take Me Away" is a song about freedom and leisure—momentary getaways from the everyday struggles of lack of opportunities and violence in Northeastern Amaralina.

TrapFunk&Alivio; are a Brazilian group coming out with some high-energy music built on influences from their home of Salvador, Bahia.

The quartet—comprised of Dj Alle-x, Manno Lipe, Dj MG and Banha—collaborated with NY-based producer Kashaka last year on the 4-track Bota Kára EP, which blends favela funk influences with hip-hop and much more.

"Take Me Away," one of the highlights from that EP, now gets this striking, glitchy new music video directed by Rafael Ramos, which follows the group to Amaralina beach.

"Take Me Away" is a track about freedom and leisure, which are just momentary getaways from the group and their neighborhood's everyday struggles due to lack of job opportunities and violence. The song features Choppy Chan.

"During the production process [of this song] we lived [through] a great slaughter in our favela (Northeastern Amaralina) and concluded that we should make a track with the theme "Freedom," Leisure," TrapFunk&Alivio; mention in a press statement.

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Ziminino's Striking New Video Explores Afro-Brazilian Life In Rio

Watch our premiere of the new music video for 'Intermitência.'

Ziminino is the collaborative project of Ricô Santana, Rafa Dias and Boima Tucker aka Chief Boima.

Having met in Rio de Janeiro, the three acts connected over trading Youtube clips of UK grime MCs, Chicago footwork dancers in Chicago and Atlanta trap producers. This naturally evolved into a creative partnership that draws influences from the many black music scenes across the world.

Their eponymous debut album, Ziminino, looks to showcase Africa's global influence on music & culture and will feature songs that reference black rhythms sung in French, English, and Portuguese. We've previously written up their last single "I'm Cool Like That."

Ziminino is now back with "Intermitência," a new music video from the album that explores the disparate Afro-Brazilian life in Rio. The striking black-and-white video was directed by Zakee Kuduro and features Angolan dancer/artist MC Caten.

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Watch Nigerian-American Rapper Tobe Nwigwe's Tiny Desk Concert

Joined by his wife and seven-week old daughter, the Houston-based rapper brings his Southern sounds to NPR's Tiny Desk.

Houston-raised, Nigerian-American rapper Tobe Nwigwe is the latest artist to grace NPR's TIny Desk Concert Series.

The artist performed a 5-song medley, backed by a full band and four talented backup singers. The artist was also joined at the desk by his wife Fats Nwigwe and their seven-week old daughter.

READ: Tobe Nwigwe Is the Southern Rapper Making "Purpose Popular."

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Here Are All the Samples In Burna Boy's 'African Giant'

This video breaks down all the African Giant samples & interpolations, including songs from Fela Kuti, Magic System, Naughty By Nature, D'banj and more.

Since it dropped, Burna Boy's highly-anticipated album African Giant has been making waves and getting played on constant rotation all over the place.

The 19-track album, which includes features from Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley, Future, M.anifest, Jorja Smith, Jeremih and more, sees the buzzing Nigerian star delivering several addictive shades of his signature afro-fusion sound as he blends in influences from afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop, RnB and more.

Listeners have also been spotting some of the many samples and interpolations used across African Giant and now, Sample Chief, a platform for African music knowledge, has put them all together in video form.

Read: Sample Chief Selects 5 of Their Favorite Samples

The samples and interpolations across African Giant include the use of Fela's "Sorrow, Tears & Blood" and Angelique Kidjo's "We WE" (in "Anybody"), Naughty By Nature's "Jamboree" (in "Collatelral Damage"), Magic System's "1er Gaou" ("On The Low"), plus many more from the likes of Stereoman, Ududo Nnobi, Blak Ryno, and D'banj.

Check them all out below courtesy of Sample Chief.

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