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Weekend Burners: Best Tracks of the Week

Hear and stream the best African hip-hop and music tracks that came out this week.


We realize our site cycles through an, at times, overwhelming number of videos, tracks, remixes and mixtapes from a deluge of African/diaspora artists that not everyone is familiar with — in fact, we've gotten a large amount of reader feedback stating so. With Weekend Burners we aim to address that by highlighting our choices of the best music content that made it on the blog throughout the week. Get 'em below straight from the Okayafrica bunker:

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Fela Kuti ‘Sorrow Tears & Blood’ [Limited Edition 12"]

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Branko of Buraka Som Sistema’s ‘Drums Slums & Hums’ [Mixtape]

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Chimurenga Renaissance [Baba Maraire] "Boom"

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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #41: JON THEODORE

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Video: Congo Beat Making Lab ‘Zenga’

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LV Members Form SwamiMillion [EP Download]

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D’banj x Fally Ipupa ‘Nous Les Meilleurs (We The Best)’ [Download]

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>>>Stream: D'banj x Fally Ipupa 'Nous Les Meilleurs (We The Best)' ___________________________________________________________________________

Video: Mi Casa ‘All The Glory’

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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