Miloe, the moniker of 20-year-old Democratic Republic of Congo-born, Minneapolis-based artist Bob Kabeya, has teamed up with Jamila Woods and Vagabon for a new version of ‘Winona’. The track originally appeared on Miloe’s sophomore EP Greenhouse, which arrived last year. Take a listen below.
Kabeya said of the collaboration in a press release: “This version is surreal for me! I’ve admired both Vagabon and Jamila’s work and artistry for a long time. It’s such a trip to have stems from musicians I look up to on my laptop in my room. I got to hear a bit about Jamila’s journey with learning guitar recently and connected with Laetitia over our appreciation for Congolese and African musicians like Fally Ipupa. This is a reimagined version of Winona from an alternate reality, which is a fusion with influences from Congolese Rumba, indie pop and afro-beat.”
Vagabon added: “When Miloe asked me to hop on the remix for ‘Winona,’ I went back and listened to the original and immediately said yes. It brings me so much joy to see another West African kid, like myself, influenced by so many genres of music and playing guitar music. I wanted to continue the story from Jamila’s ‘tread softly’ line, and decided to write my ‘verse/hook’ about the idea of caution.”