Aadae keeps her head above the water on River of Tears (RYD Remix)

Newcomer Aaadae is helping afrobeats' rise to the mainstream, we premiere the new RYD remix of her debut single River of Tears.

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There’s no denying that we’re in the middle of afrobeat’s moment. With J Hus riding high off the release of his debut album and polyrhythms finding their way into DJ Khaled’s latest #1, the sounds of West Africa are everywhere. Now Peckham’s Aadae has thrown her hat into the ring. Releasing her debut single ‘River Of Tears’ back in March she’s been picking up attention as one of the scene’s newest stars and is getting ready to build on its existing success.

On the new RYD Remix, premiering on Notion today, the track gets a house-inspired face lift, Aaadae’s powerful vocal mixed into waves of lustrous synths and uplifting melody. The song’s refrain “I will never drown in a river of tears” repeats throughout, Aadae sounding defiant and determined, transformed from rising afrobeats singer to triumphant house diva. It’s the perfect remix for today’s emerging sunshine. In Aadae’s own words, “call out the sun and keep standing in your truth with ‘River Of Tears’ reloaded.” Listen below.

Aadae supports Oumou Sangare at the Village Underground tomorrow (May 18th), more details here.

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