An Ode to Love that Transcends Language:
Today, the Red Hot organization is proud to partner with SOFI TUKKER and Amadou & Mariam for the release of a very special, spirit-lifting and continent-crossing collaboration, "Mon Cheri." Sung in Portuguese, Bambara and French, and produced virtually from Florida, Paris and Mali, the brand new single delivers an ode to love that transcends language. Through endearing grooves, emphatic guitars and a euphoric eruption of sound, "Mon Cheri" sees the two GRAMMY-nominated duos unite in a universal call to the dance floor. As the latest preview of Red Hot + Free - Red Hot's just-announced double album out July 2 - the track continues the non-profit's 30-year mission of fighting HIV/AIDS and supporting humanitarian charities through music, pop culture and global anthems. Proceeds from "Mon Cheri" and the rest of Red Hot + Freewill benefit The Ally Coalition, Trevor Project and SAGE, three groups dedicated to LGBTQ equality, suicide prevention in LGBTQ youth, and the elderly LGBTQ community affected by HIV/AIDS and more.
Listen to "Mon Cheri" here:
"This song is a dream come true," says SOFI TUKKER. "About a year ago, when Red Hot approached us about doing a collaboration, they asked us who our dream collaborators would be. We said Amadou & Mariam. Soph grew up listening to Amadou & Mariam all the time and in college, studied West African dance and music. We couldn't believe it when they came back to us saying they'd be interested. We worked with our long-time collaborator, Brazilian poet Chacal, to create a Portuguese part that matched the style of their vocal melodies. The whole process felt seamless. This is one of our favorite songs we've ever made and couldn't be more grateful to Amadou & Mariam for sharing it with us! Ahhhh!"
Amadou & Mariam add, "'Mon Cheri' came at the right time, it's a song to sing and dance to with a positive message of love. We are very happy to have collaborated with SOFI TUKKER and we hope people enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it."
Helmed by influential producer and endless multi-hyphenate Bill Coleman, Red Hot + Free is a liberating mixtape of dance music meant to feed souls and unleash minds from an unprecedented state of lockdown. In addition to "Mon Cheri," the compilation features an exclusive cover of Juliet Roberts' beloved '90s house music hit, "Caught In The Middle" by Billy Porter, timely reworks of perennial classics like Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Ultra Naté's "Free (Live Your Life)," fresh and extended versions of songs from Allie X, Casey Spooner, CRICKETS (JD Samson, Roddy Bottum, Michael O'Neill) and Sam Sparro, plus Bright Light Bright Light x The Illustrious Blacks, Louis The Child x Foster The People, Tituss Burgess x Imani Coppola, Vagabon x Pamcy and many others.
Entertainment Weekly raves, "the 18-track HIV/AIDS benefit album is here to save your summer." Read their new interview with Coleman, where he discusses the parallels between the HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 crises, merging the past and present, and curating Red Hot + Free to honor Red Hot's roots in the LGBTQ+ community, Black queer movements and the inclusive club scenes that define modern music history: https://bit.ly/3wrq1vX
Listen to lead single "U Try Livin' (Pressure)," a gospel-house testimony on the dancefloor's power to defy political, racial and ideological divide: https://ingroov.es/u-try-livin-pressure
Since launching with Red Hot + Blue in 1990, Red Hot has released 20 LPs, generating more than 500 collaborations and $15 million for charities around the world. "Mon Cheri" marks the latest in a series of such cross-generational and genre-agnostic Red Hot duets as David Bowie & Angelo Badalamenti, David Byrne & Dirty Projectors, Beck & Seu Jorge, Childish Gambino & Just a Band, and countless others.
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SOFI TUKKER x Amadou & Mariam
Composite by Bob Bottle
Red Hot + Free Cover Art
Red Hot + Free Tracklist
"Mon Cheri" - Sofi Tukker and Amadou & Mariam
"U Try Livin' (Pressure)" - Black Guy White Guy x 808 BEACH
"Elastic" (808 BEACH Dangerous Power Mix) - CRICKETS
"Start It Up" (Red Hot Extended) - Body Language
"Super Duper Party People" (Alan Braxe Extended Mix) - Allie X
"Pressure" (RedTop Mix) - Sam Sparro
"Free (Live Your Life)" (Felix Da Housecat x Chris Trucher Remix) - Ultra Naté
"Caught In The Middle" - Billy Porter
"Every Color" (Dombresky Remix) - Louis The Child & Foster The People
"Daydream" (Snakehips Remix) - The Aces
"Don Dada" (Honey Dijon & Luke Solomon Extended Alcazar Remix) - Cakes da Killa & Proper Villains
"It's Ovah" - Kiwi Dreams
"Dance M.F." (Red Hot Extended Mix) - Tituss Burgess ft. Imani Coppola
"Water Me Down" (Pamcy Remix) - Vagabon
"I Love My Problems" (Boys' Shorts Dancefloor Remix) - Casey Spooner
"I Will Survive" (Eric Kupper Dub Mix) - Gloria Gaynor
"Queen" (Club Mix) - Dubesque ft. Amanda Lepore
"These Dreams" (Red Hot Extended Mix) - Bright Light Bright Light feat. The Illustrious Blacks
About SOFI TUKKER
SOFI TUKKER, the genre-defying duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, is celebrated for their inclusive and global perspective on electronic music as well as their work's themes of liberation, unity, and self-empowerment. Their debut single "Drinkee" was nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy® in 2017, which was followed by a Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy® nomination for their debut album Treehouse in 2019. In the Spring of 2020 as the world was confronted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the group started live streaming daily DJ sets from their home outside Miami to millions of people worldwide and released their quarantine anthem "House Arrest" with Gorgon City, which reached #1 on US Dance Radio. SOFI TUKKER's records have achieved Gold or Platinum status on every continent other than Antarctica, and their electric and energetic live show has sold out venues and graced major festival stages across the planet. The band is also frequently tapped for remixes by some of the biggest artists in the world including Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry. SOFI TUKKER are also passionate activists who have raised funds and awareness for Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Natural Resources Defense Council and the March for Our Lives. Their commitment to equality and fostering community while recombining the pillars of dance music into exciting new shapes has established them as a singular act.
About Amadou & Mariam
After seven acclaimed international albums, gold and platinum discs (including Dimanche à Bamako and Welcome to Mali), and countless sold-out concerts, Amadou & Mariam, one of Africa's most successful and popular musical exports have been using lockdown to recharge their batteries.
Amadou and Mariam's story is one of the most inspiring tales in the music world; a love affair that propelled two veterans of Mali's music industry, who first recorded together in the 1970s, into charts around the globe in the 21st century, winning enough awards to fill several sideboards in their home on the outskirts of Bamako and raising awareness of the difficulties in living in one of the world's poorest countries. Into their orbit came such stars as Manu Chao, David Gilmour, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Scissor Sisters and Damon Albarn, who told The Observer: "I don't think there's ever been a band from Africa with whom people have engaged in quite such a way." Yet it is also a story that began in adversity and continues to evolve and inspire more than 40 years after it began.
To this day, Amadou & Mariam continue to contribute frequently to the World Food Program as well as collaborating with the UNO on various programs. Amadou is now President of the Artists Federation in Mali (FEDAMA) and President of the Professional Musicians Union in Mali and the duo was made 'Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres', the highest decoration awarded by the French President for outstanding contributions to culture in France. In these unprecedented times, the global success of Amadou & Mariam should be a reminder that people can triumph over adversity, that with cooperation, enthusiasm and dedication, we can succeed even when everything seems to be against us.