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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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Mr. P Sets Out To Blaze His Own Trail With 'The Prodigal'

The veteran afropop star experiments with his own distinctive sound on his solo debut album.

Nigerian singer Peter Okoye has reached African music's greatest heights, yet still believes he has something to prove. One half of the superstar afropop duo P-Square, he's had one of the lengthiest and most successful careers in the history of afrobeats. Over the past few years he has recorded and released music as a solo act, following his split from the highly-accomplished group which he formed with his twin brother Paul Okoye. Now with the release of his debut album The Prodigal, he believes it's time to fully take his solo career to the next level.

Performing under the moniker Mr. P, Okoye began his solo career back in 2017 with the single "Cool It Down," and followed up with a string of tracks that included features with the likes of Niniola, Simi, Jamaican singer Nyanda of Brick & Lace, DJ Switch, and more recently Wande Coal. Now, four years later, Mr. P has finally served us with his debut solo album. Over a soundscape of afrobeats, dancehall, R&B, and more, Mr. P makes a daring statement about his personal musical style.

Everything about The Prodigal was intentional. From the timing of the album, to the musical direction and features by his freshly signed P Classic Records artists, Mr. P carefully crafted the album into what he wanted it to be. In an effort to present an independent version of his craft, he took what he termed "the biggest risk of his career" by deviating from the quintessential P-Square sound. And it paid off, he happily testifies.

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