Wes

Wes
Release date
01 January 1970
Wes
01 January 1970 |

If you would ask ten people to recite the lyrics of Wes‘ “Alane”, there’s a good chance you would get ten different answers. And the best thing about it: this only adds to the magnificence of the song. If you ever needed proof of the universal language of music, it’s Wes’ song that made the whole world dance and sing back in 1996.

And will do so again now, 24 years down the line. Because none other than Robin Schulz produced a new version of “Alane”. As we all know from his reworks such as “Prayer In C“, “Waves”, or “Sugar“, he has a knack for such endeavors like hardly any other DJ/producer in the world.

Especially since he’s always felt a very special connection to the song: “’Alane’ has always been one of my favorite songs. Everybody knows it. Not many tracks are that timeless. It immediately puts you in a good mood and just the language makes it truly unique”, says Robin. “I had the idea of creating my own rendition that I absolutely wanted to release and share with the people just in time for the summer.” Robin asked his manager to reach out and check for the possibility of a cooperation. He did find Wes and not only that: it led to a personal encounter in Paris.

Wes comments: “We had a great time laughing together and talking about music and projects”. As it turned out, Robin Schulz’ appreciation for the music of Wes is mutual: “Robin Schulz, he and his team knew how to sublimate ‘Alane’ by adding new sounds and wonderful harmonies that made me cry with joy in their studio.”

Now the only question remaining is: what does the title “Alane” actually mean? “’Alane’ means ‘love song’ in the Bantu-Kana language”, Wes reveals. “It is one of the oldest Bantu languages of Africa and I am always very moved and very happy to see that it can give as much joy and happiness to the whole humanity.” At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter if you get the lyrics right: “Music is a language of the heart that knows no boundaries”, the Cameroonian agrees.

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