Audio/Film: Alekesam Is Sal Masekela?

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We've talked about veiled future RnB-er of "African descent" Alekesam a few times — mainly for his standout jam "It's Not You It's Here". The man behind the track chose to remain anonymous but a recent announcement of a documentary of the same name brings it all to light.

Alekesam, the upcoming film (trailer above), follows Sal Masekela, son of icon Hugh Masekela, as he deals with the "accompanying issues of abandonment and addiction" stemming from his father's decision to move back to South Africa from where he'd been exiled. Is Alekesam Sal Masekela immertion into the art that made his father an icon? It would explain the hidden nature of the project. Plus, Alekesam backwards spells out Masekela (something we embarrassingly didn't catch before). Watch the trailer above and the "It's Not You It's Here" below.

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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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