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Listen to Zlatan's Latest EP 'Road to CDK'.

Listen to Zlatan's Latest EP 'Road to CDK'

Zlatan finally drops his much-anticipated 'Road to CDK' EP—a five-track project featuring Oberz, Papisnoop and Jamo Pyper.

Nigerian artist Zlatan has recently dropped his much anticipated EP titled Road to CDK (Casanblan Dè Katamatophia). The five-track project features Oberz, Papisnoop and Jamo Pyper. The lead single, of the same title, was the first track to be released in March in the run-up to the release of the EP itself.

Produced by Mansa Jabulani, "Road to CDK" boasts an infectious hip-hop beat which sets the tone for the rest of the track. The track is a stark contrast to the slow-paced and almost pensive feel of "Life" which featured on his 2019 debut album Zanku. Zlatan performed the track at the Aktivated Sessions Studios.

"Suffer", which features Oberz, is a more Afrobeats-leaning number with a mellow feel and tempo. "Matter", on the other hand, features Papisnoop and is a more upbeat Afro-fusion joint with a lot of bounce. "Shamo", which is on a similar wavelength to "Matter", is another vibrant and energetic banger while the last track, "Unripe Pawpaw" features all four artists and is the perfect closing to an admittedly solid offering from Zlatan.

Road to CDK is the follow-up to Zlatan's wildly successful debut album Zanku.

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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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