Noname: Rainforest

Noname’s new track “Rainforest” remains true to her staunchly anti-capitalist spirit while referencing the vulnerabilities, conundrums and joys that can exist alongside those beliefs. Over a jazzy, bossa nova beat, she name-checks Marxist political philosopher Frantz Fanon and Huey P Newton’s Revolutionary Suicide, questions how we can champion billionaires, and notes how capitalism is inherently racist. “Dyin’ on stolen land for a dollar like that …

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Sampa The Great: OMG From Zambia-born and Sydney-based Sampa The Great’s forthcoming debut album, Return (out 13 September), “OMG” is an upbeat and eclectic anthem. The track’s artful video, which was directed by Sanjay De Silva, is set in South Africa and is an apt accompaniment to Sampa’s cadence. Dripping in confidence, she reminds former friends, forlorn lovers and foes that you never know what …

João Gilberto: Rosa Morena

The “father of bossa nova,” João Gilberto has passed away at 88 years old. His debut album Chega de Saudade was released in 1959 and is widely credited as the first-ever bossa nova record. It blends traditional samba with contemporary jazz, Gilberto’s unique guitar style, and his unhurried, effortless vocals. Gilberto frequently teamed up with Antônio Carlos Jobim as well as American jazz saxophonist Stan …