Audio

Audio/Video: Maga Bo 'Piloto de Fuga' + 'No Balanço da Canoa'

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Global bass producer/DJ Maga Bo consistently twists-up some choice baile funk sounds. In anticipation of his upcoming Quilombo Do Futuro full-length, he recently dropped two Afro-Brazilian gems — first is a Rio de Janeiro-shot car chase video for "Piloto de Fuga" ("Getaway Driver") featuring refrains from Funkero and BNegão. Second is a free download of the meditative jam  "No Balanço da Canoa" alongside Rosângela Macedo and Marcelo Yuka. Lookout for Maga Bo's Quilombo LP out May 22 via Post World Industries. Video directed by Fernando Salis.

(H/T XLR8R)

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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