If hip-hop is rebel music, then consider SMOD Mali’s latest rap revolutionaries. The African hip-hop triumvirate tempers their raps with Malian folk music to create an inspired sound. Their often up-tempo beats and rhythms can make even the heaviest subject matter a light experience. SMOD was originally formed by Sam, Mouzy, Ousco, and Donsky in 2000, though Mouzy has since left the group. The group’s front-man Sam is the son of legendary Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, and SMOD often collaborates with world renowned musician Manu Chao.