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6 albums you should listen to this week

This week, Vaudou Game encourages respect towards nature, Felinto explores anti-racism and anti-carceralism in Brazil, Kodak Black celebrates his 24th birthday, Ziddo and Internet Girl renew the South African music scene and Migos respond to their "best album of the year" award.

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Vaudou Game

Although Togo’s Peter Solo initially planned an EP with his group, Vaudou Game, the length of the lockdown prompted them to produce an album insead, which reflects the current economic, social and environmental climate. Afro-funk is gradually transformed into rock in this soundscape, with Peter Solo parting with his saxophone, trumpet and trombone for the first time as well as leaving room for keyboards. It is a look reminiscent of his London years. Solo explains: “In London, it’s like in the United States, you’re lazy, you die, fine. So that taught me discipline, rigor, work.

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Happy Birthday Kodak
Kodak Black

The American rapper of Haitian origin releases his new EP in order to celebrate his twenty-fourth birthday only a few weeks after the release of Haitian Boy. Here, he seems to take stock, revealing a vulnerable side while planning for a great  future. He said: “If I could change, I swear I would. I’ve tried everything but I’m so gang.

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the world I love
Internet Girl

The South African indie-pop band has released its new EP. Neese explained: “I think we’ve taken a different route as to how most South African bands try and get big. We’ve kind of skipped the local scene and tried to go overseas immediately. It’s been good, I mean I didn’t expect so much success especially in the US, our main fan base is in the US, and it’s been really cool. Our Sound is really focused, our sound is very intentional and our influences come from all over the place.

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Ziddo

The South African producer Ziddo brings his light touch to the Angolan label Seres, Produções, via a promising debut EP. Determined to represent Thaba Nchu, the city in the Free State where he is originally from, he defines his vision as follows: “An afro house/tech track with nice minor scale piano chords and melodies here and there, with string fusions, sounds like good music to my ears.”

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Futuro Antigo Perpétuo
Felinto

The Brazilian artist explores the underground scene in Sao Paulo through this project, which will support the Mulheres Possíveis project, carried by independent collectives that aim to help the women currently incarcerated in the Carandiru prison. In 1992, a massacre took place during the movement of indignation and in response to the requests of the prison population. 111 prisoners lost their lives. Felinto, who joins forces with Sarine and Dovglas Leal, members of DeafKids, the percussionist Boris Reine Adelaide, Paula Rabellato and Romulo Alexis, defines Futuro Antigo Perpetuo (which means “the old perpetual future“) as follows: “This album is part of an artistic research around the fractal as a psychedelic sound experience.”

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Culture III
Migos

The American icons have been teasing the release of their third project alongside the biggest names in the music scene: Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Drake, Future, Juice Wrld, Polo G, NBA Youngboy and the late Pop Smoke. The album was delayed due to Covid, which has served to increase anticipation over time. This is the sequel to Culture II, which was released in January 2018. Migos is proud to call this project the “best of the year.

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