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Buraka Som Sistema, JSTJR & More In 'We Call It Zouk Bass Vol. I'

Buraka Som Sistema, JSTJR and more feature in Enchufada's 'We Call It Zouk Bass Vol. I' compilation.


About a year ago Buraka Som Sistema played a Boiler Room set in which they 'introduced' the world to zouk bass — a screwed, electronic take on French Antillean zouk music from the 1980s. Buraka's Kalaf explained it to us in an interview, “While recording Komba we were exploring other rhythms such as zouk and kizomba… [and] we had this idea to share more Lisbon sounds (besides kuduro) with the world. Since we like to twist things up we [thought] 'zouk bass' would be perfect name to label those beats.” Since then, the genre's been proliferating all over the place.

Buraka's  label Enchufada just put together and released this We Call It Zouk Bass Vol. I compilation, featuring a slew of producers from around the globe that have taken on the genre like JSTJR, Mala Noche, DZC Deejays and Buraka themselves. Stream it below and grab it on iTunes.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

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We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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