I spent last weekend at Oasis Festival in Morocco and I heard a lot of great new music.
“Eviction Notice” by Alo Wala
Released June 2023—Spotify
A bop. This builds on the early 2010s Santigold and MIA, and Alo Wala adds her own flavor to it.
“Wonderful” by Aretha Franklin
Released Jan 2003—Spotify
I do not know HOW I have never heard this song before but hearing Mafalda play it was a highlight of the entire weekend. Aretha Franklin is a goat but it was so refreshing to hear something besides one of the five songs of hers that normally get played.
“La Tete” by Ouenza
Released May 2023—Spotify
I got put on to some Moroccan artists and Ouenza is major. His melodies are next level, and he apparently has a cult following here—of which you can now consider me a member of.
“Ya Tabtab (HABIBEATS Baile Funk / Jersey Edit)” by Nancy Ajram
Released May 2023—Soundcloud
Jyoty played this in what was my favorite overall set of the weekend. DJ HABIBIBEATS’ baile funk AND jersey edit of an Arab pop classic went absolutely craaaaazy.
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