“Let Me Be Nice (feat. Angélique Kidjo)”

Sampa the Nice is a songwriter, rapper, and singer from Zambia. She was primarily based in Australia for years, however got here again to Zambia in 2020, shortly earlier than the pandemic hit. When she couldn’t journey, she determined to make her subsequent album there in Lusaka. The album known as As Above, So Beneath, and it was produced by Mag44. On this episode, Sampa the Nice and Mag44 break down the closing tune ““Let Me Be Nice,” which options vocals from legendary West African singer Angélique Kidjo, winner of 5 Grammys and one in every of TIME‘s Most Influential Individuals. I bought to talk to Angélique Kidjo in her studio in Paris, and I spoke to Sampa the Nice and Mag44 in Lusaka. Collectively, the three of them inform the story of how they made “Let Me Be Nice.”

You should buy or stream “Let Me Be Nice” right here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

For a transcript of this episode, click on right here.

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