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Video: Tinariwen "Imidawan Ma Tenam" ft. Nels Cline (Wilco) *World Premiere*

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Our favorite Northern Malian blues making desert nomads, Tinariwen, premiere their latest video for "Imidawan Ma Tenam" today.  Fresh off a great collabo with our Brooklyn neighbors Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone (from TV on The Radio), Tinariwen hit with this  hauntingly beautiful song + video shot in Northern Mali, which also features guitar from Nels Cline of Wilco (recorded seperately in Chicago).  Vid is produced and directed by Patrick Votan.  Watch the video for the interesting details and circumstances of the recording process of their upcoming album, Tassili (Anti, August 30), which took them far from their homeland.  The album also features the horn section from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - we're counting the days till the drop date! Tinariwen are on tour now - check after the jump for tour dates.

Tinariwen Tour Dates:

Fri.Sept-30 Los Angeles Oohlala Festival w/ Hindi Zahra

El Rey Theater

Sat/Oct-29Los Angeles, CA, Luckman Foundation

Sun/Oct-30 San Francisco, CA Fillmore

Mon/Oct-31Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre

Tue/Nov-01Pomona, CA Glasshouse

Wed/Nov-02Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater

Fri/Nov-04Dallas, TX Granada Theater

Sat/Nov-05Austin, TXFFF fest

Sun/Nov-06Houston, TX Fitzgeralds

Mon/Nov-07New Orleans, LA House Of Blues

Wed/Nov-09Orlando, FL The Social

Thu/Nov-10Miami, FL, Grand Central

Fri/Nov-11St. Petersburg, FL, State Theater

Sat/Nov-12Atlanta, GA, Variety

Sun/Nov-13Chapel Hill, NC, Cat's Cradle

Tue/Nov-15Washington, DC9:30 Club

Wed/Nov-16Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero

Fri/Nov-18Boston, MA, Paradise

Sat/Nov-19New York, NY, Webster Hall

Mon/Nov-21Montreal PQ, Le National

Tue/Nov-22Toronto, ONT, Opera House

Wed/Nov-23Detroit, MI, Majestic Theater

Fri/Nov-25Chicago, IL, Metro

Sat/Nov-26Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center

Mon/Nov-28Edmonton, ALB

Tue/Nov-29Calgary, ALBEPCOR / Folk Fest

Wed/Nov-30Vancouver, BC Vogue

Thu/Dec-01Seattle, WA Showbox

 

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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