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Watch Ami Faku Break Down Her Song ‘Imali’: ‘Many people never get the break they need’

South African soul artist Ami Faku speaks about the inspiration behind her hit 'Imali' on Apple Music's Song Stories.

Ami Faku's hit single "Imali," which is a collaboration between the Eastern Cape-born artist and the duo Blaq Diamond from Durban, is an undeniable hit.

For the latest episode of Apple Music's Song Stories, Ami Faku breaks down the inspiration behind the song.


"'Imali' is a reflection on the difficulties of life," says Ami Faku. "I wrote it from a personal experience that I was once in. I felt that I left people behind who were suffering. For me, the focus was finances; not being able to afford your basics, I wanted to write the song for people in that position to relate and also feel like they don't wanna relate forever. Some people never get a break and I wanted that song to change their lives like, okay, I don't wanna be in this position for the rest of my life."

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She later adds during the course of the clip, "I know people don't like to say this, but it's the truth, some people pray and nothing happens. So that's when you have to do something."

"Imali" is a song from Ami Faku's debut album of the same title. The album was released by the label Vth Season last year and propelled the musician to stardom. She has received cosigns from the likes of Simphiwe Dana and has collaborated with Sun El Musician (on the hit "Into Ingawe") and recently Shimza, Black Motion and Prince Kaybee.

Apple Music Song Stories is a new short-form video series that deep dives into the creative process and inspiration behind a chosen song.

Watch the full clip showing Ami Faku breaking down "Imali" on Apple Music and stream Imali below:




Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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