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#OKAYAFRICADC This Wednesday!

Come to our Okayafrica DC dance party this Wednesday with DJ Underdog!


DC! In the name of promoting the latest music and culture coming from the diaspora, Okayfrica commands the dance floor in #DC. Resident spinner DJ Underdog will provide sounds that are mind-wide and foot-friendly, Jahsonic and Jay Rags accompany the mood of the night. Anything is fair game, but you will probably hear some afrobeat, tribal house, kwaito, kuduro, South African house, zouk, soukous, coupe decale and hiplife. No pretensions, no commercial radio nonsense, and no laptops allowed. Learn more about Okayafrica Wednesdays by following our Facebook and Twitter. See all info for the party in the flyer below!

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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