West African musical collective Les Amazones d’Afrique invite you to remix their recent single ‘Love’, taken from the new album Amazones Power.
The band hope to inspire creativity during this time of social isolation by sharing the mix stems for the song, which blends soulful Malian vocals and grooves with the unmistakable Congrotronix sound of producer Liam Farrell (a.k.a. Doctor L), and are challenging you to create something new and unique.
Participants are invited to submit their work as part of a remix contest hosted by Real World Records in association with Universal Audio, who have provided a package of prizes for the best tracks. The winning tracks will be chosen by a panel which includes producers Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers, Snow Patrol), Che Pope (Kanye West, Lauryn Hill) and the engineers of Peter Gabriel’s world-renowned Real World Studios.
Just as producer Liam Farrell did with the original session recordings, we encourage you to take the song to new and unexpected places. The mix pack includes stems from the initial recording session in Paris, elements of Doctor L’s production, as well as a new Malian funk guitar part by Sountoucoumba “Salif” Koné, a member of Les Amazones d’Afrique’s live band. The only rule to follow with this contest is to be daring in your approach to the track. Whilst there is plenty of heritage in the music of Les Amazones d’Afrique, the band have always sought to steer their music into fresh new territories, blending pan-African styles and collaborative harmonies with gritty, contemporary pop influences. We hope to see this same attitude reflected in the remixes we receive.
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About Les Amazones d’Afrique
Les Amazones d’Afrique were formed in Bamako, Mali, in 2014 by three renowned Malian music stars and social change activists, Mamani Keïta, Oumou Sangaré and Mariam Doumbia, and the collective has since expanded to involve many female artists from across Africa and the diaspora.
Their debut album, République Amazone, was one of The Guardian’s Best Albums of 2017, and Barack Obama included one of the tracks in his 20 favourite songs of that same year. The follow-up album, Amazones Power, features a total of 18 different voices, and was described by Q Magazine as ‘a rousing and defiantly modern revolution in sound’, whilst MOJO said it was ‘a bridge between traditional griot funk, western clubland and conscious African hip-hop.’
Centred around the infectious Bambara vocal line ‘Bi ta té tolon ba yé’ (meaning ‘today is no celebration’), ‘Love’ is a richly melodic song carrying strong and powerful message. The lyrics call for women to stand together and fight against injustice. Les Amazones d’Afrique deliver their message with attitude and fiery determination, something they always strive to reflect in the music they create. The track tempo is 82 BPM, and the key signature is Gb Major.
We are delighted to offer prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in this contest. Prizes have been generously provided by Universal Audio, and they will be: Universal Audio Apollo x8 (1st), Apollo x4 (2nd), Apollo Twin XQUAD (3rd), along with a copy of Les Amazones d’Afrique’s album on double coloured vinyl and a selection of Real World and Universal Audio merchandise for each finalist. In addition, the winning remix will be considered for release as a digital single by Real World Records.
As an Irish musician, remixer, producer, and engineer, Jacknife Lee sees the art and science of music production from every angle. His intuition for what sounds right has led him to work with legendary rock bands such as U2 and R.E.M., as well as beloved indie acts including The Killers, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, and Crystal Castles.
Che Pope, also known by Che Vicious and Che Guevara, is a Grammy award-winning American hip-hop producer from Boston, MA. He has worked on Kanye West’s groundbreaking Yeezus and Life of Pablo records; Lauryn Hill’s Grammy-winning The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill; Wyclef Jean’s The Carnival; and songs by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, 50-Cent, Aretha Franklin, and more.
Real World Studios Engineers
Real World Studios is one of the most celebrated recording studios in the world. Founded by Peter Gabriel, it boasts a client list that includes Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jay Z, Harry Styles and Alicia Keys —to name just a few. Some of Real World’s engineers (Oli Jacobs, Tim Oliver, Oli Middleton and Katie May) will be listening intently to the sonic intricacies, tonal balances and creative use of effects in the entries.
How to enter
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Remix Contest Terms and Conditions
This contest runs from Wednesday 22nd April 2020 until Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 6pm BST. No entries will be accepted as eligible after this closing date.
If you are under the age of eighteen (18) you must obtain permission from your parent or guardian before you enter this contest.
More than one remix per entrant is allowed, however we encourage you to submit your strongest work only (one great remix will have more impact).
The contest prizes are as follows: Universal Audio Apollo x8 (1st prize), Apollo x4 (2nd place), Apollo Twin X QUAD.
The winner will be selected by a listening panel made up of Real World Studios engineers, and producers Jacknife Lee and Che Pope, who will have a short list drawn from the top 12 mixes as selected by a listening team at Real World Records. Only the winners will be contacted personally by email.
The prize must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternative.
Real World does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries. Real World shall not be held responsible for any inability to submit entries as a result of computer service, systems and or server failure, error, interruption, defect or delay or any other technical malfunction. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
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A creative force that embraces international voices; sweet, strong harmonies that summon the rights of women and girls; a meltdown of heritage and new gen talent… Les Amazones d’Afrique are back with Amazones Power, the sequel to their widely acclaimed 2017 debut album, République Amazone.
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By Oran Mullan
Main image: four of the members of Les Amazones d'Afrique (L-R: Fafa Ruffino, Mamani Keïta, Niariu and Kandy Guira). Photo credit: Karen Paulina Biswell.