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Francis Mercier

Releases ‘Kamili’ With Nitefreak and Idd Aziz

  • 10 February 2023
Francis Mercier

Listen to ‘Kamili’

Today, Haitian producer/DJ Francis Mercier released ‘Kamili’ via Higher Ground, an ambitious dance track highlighting the talent and experiences of his African collaborators. ‘Kamili’ features production by Zimbabwe’s pioneering producer/DJ Nitefreak and Swahilian vocals by accomplished Kenyan percussionist, performer, and teacher, Idd Aziz.

Coming from a melting pot background in Haiti, Francis Mercier has developed a sharp ear for global music and a desire to bring diverse sounds and cultures together on the dancefloor. Both are evident in his world renowned DJ career and role as Co-Founder of Deep Root Records, a Forbes-recognized, Black-owned label. Francis has captivated audiences across the globe from EDC to Pacha Ibiza, and even Formula 1 in Montreal. His recent single ‘Sete,’ named one of Billboard’s Top Dance Tracks of 2022, exhibits his unique take on Afro House and the rapidly rising interest in the genre worldwide. The track simultaneously reached #2 on Beatport’s charts, Spotify’s Viral Top 50, and Shazam’s Top 50 Global Discovery.

With a Coachella performance and North American tour charted for 2023, Francis is prepared to sustain the momentum. "Kamili is undoubtedly my most exciting release to date. It is such an honor to be collaborating with the talented Nitefreak, Idd Aziz, and Higher Ground (Diplo’s label) on this very emotional and powerful record. Bringing African musical excellence to the United States' dance music community is truly exciting." - Francis Mercier

Beyond its stunning production, ‘Kamili’ is a deeply personal track. Sung in Swahili, Idd Aziz is yearning for his lost brother to return home who has been missing for more than 20 years. Every time Idd returns home, his mother asks him where his brother is, and Idd’s soul-churning vocal performance conveys their joint, deep sorrow for their loved one’s unknown whereabouts.

Idd has become one of the most distinctive vocalists in Africa, collaborating with renowned musicians across styles and genres - from Kenyan hip hop artist Khaligraph Jones to the Trondheim Orchestra.

Nitefreak, a Deep Root artist and frequent collaborator with Francis, brings his unique Afro flair to the track. Widely considered as the fastest-growing producer/DJ coming out of Zimbabwe, Nitefreak has amassed millions of streams, reached the Top 5 on Beatport, and has been supported by Keinemusik, Odesza, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, and others.

"After carefully assessing the strongest label partner for this song, we chose to entrust Higher Ground in light of their previous international successes with African artists and music. I cannot wait for the world to hear this timeless anthem that is so very special to me." - Nitefreak

The track is sure to strike listeners across genres, as it did for one of the biggest names in dance music history. “I love it, I play it every night” - Diplo

Francis Mercier Tour Dates

Jan 26 – BPM Festival, Costa Rica

Jan 29 – Floyd, Miami

Feb 3 – The Snow Lodge, Aspen

Feb 4 – Club Vinyl, Denver

Feb 9 – Gospel NYFW, New York

Feb 11 – Avant Gardner NYFW, New York

Feb 16 – Matta, Tel Aviv

Feb 17 – Hide, Doha

Feb 18 – Twiggy, Dubai

Feb 20 – It Is What It Is, Lisbon

Feb 23 – Icon, Boston

Feb 25 – We Belong Here Festival, Miami

March 2 – Mona PFW, Paris

March 10 – Coda, Toronto

March 11 – Flash Rooftop, Washington DC

March 17 – Soubois, Montreal

March 18 – Spybar, Chicago

March 30 – Cafe Del March, Phuket

March 31 – Cassio, Hong Kong

April 2 – Savaya, Bali

April 7 – Klein Harbiye, Istanbul

April 15 – Coachella ‘23, Indio

April 22 – Coachella ‘23, Indio

April 27 – Le Cabestan, Casablanca

April 28 – Yoko x Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Connect with Francis Mercier

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Spotify | Twitter | YouTube

Connect with Nitefreak

Soundcloud | Facebook | Instagram | Spotify | Twitter

Connect with Idd Aziz

Facebook | Instagram | Spotify | YouTube

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