‘Mi Gente’ samples a Bangladeshi song

By Bandook - January 26, 2018

‘Mi Gente’ samples a Bangladeshi song - Bandook
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Going by the buzz around the interwebs, J Balvin’s ‘Mi Gente’ didn’t just sample Willy William’s ‘Voodoo Song’, Williams found ‘inspiration’ in our neighbourhood. Bangladesh, to be precise.
You heard that right.

We wish we were making this up. But one listening of Heila Duila Nach (O Mim Mim) will confirm this. That and the upload date of the Bangladeshi video on YouTube: December 14, 2016.

To put the timeline into perspective, here’s the upload date of Willy’s ‘Voodoo Song’: May 5, 2017.
The upload date of J Balvin’s monster hit? June 29, 2017.

Now listen to the very recognisable start to J Balvin’s track, which obviously features Willy William, whose ‘Voodoo Song’, Mi Gente samples. Haq se…

Of course, by comparison, Heila Duila Nach sounds badly produced. But if we’re giving credit where it’s due, isn’t #Akassh, the ‘original’ composer losing out?

This despite, ‘Mi Gente’s Wikipedia page getting an update to reflect that.
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