Angelique Kidjo's “BOMBA” remixed by Velly and featuring vocals by ZZ Ward. Out Today!


Bomba” from Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy Award-winning album, Eve, has been remixed by Maurice Velly” Conaway with vocals by ZZ Ward. Produced by Pat Dillet and mixed by Tony Maserati, the track is out today via TuneCore and will be available for purchase on  HYPERLINK "" iTunes—with all of the artists donating 100% of their royalties to humanitarian aid programs in Kenya. The song was also made available in Austin during SXSW exclusively through DropKloud, the new app for sharing exclusive content with fans.

“‘Bomba’ is the name of a traditional item of African women’s clothing,” explains Kidjo, “and the song ‘Bomba’ is a tribute to African women—to their resilience and their beauty.” The track is inspired by a visit Kidjo made with UNICEF to a village in the Samburu district of Kenya. “A group of women welcomed me with a beautiful chant, which became the guiding light of my album Eve,” she says.

Of her collaboration on the remix with Velly and ZZ Ward Kidjo notes, “I have always loved musical collaborations and I felt that the strong message of the song deserved to be shared with a new audience.” Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend collaborated with Kidjo on the album version and Velly—a young producer from Timbaland’s team who has worked with notable acts including Slide Hampton, Victor Wooten, Busta Rhymes and Mya—remixed the song, which Kidjo says, “reinvented it and kept its African identity.” Kidjo discovered ZZ Ward’s soulful voice and decided to ask her to bring her energy and enthusiasm to the track, stating “in this new version I deeply feel she is helping me shine a new light on the beauty of African women!”

I like to tell people that if you don’t know Angélique, you haven’t lived because there’s not one person who would be in her presence and not be changed.
— Alicia Keys
Angélique is such a force of nature. Her organic body movements and heartfelt voice embody not only the joy and energy of African music but also the soul of Africa.
— Quincy Jones
Angélique’s spirit is irrepressible, and she brings life to everything she touches.
— Peter Gabriel
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