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Sam Smith, Alabama Shakes & More Sing Along To Baaba Maal's 'Lampenda' In This New Video

Senegalese legend Baaba Maal's latest video for "Lampenda" is innovative and fun.

Senegalese music legend Baaba Maal’s latest video for “Lampenda” is a lot of fun.

The new clip is a montage of different people singing along to the song, all while holding an iPhone video of lips over their mouths.

According to the video’s director Johan Karlberg, the idea started as a joke, as he, Maal and Seye were fooling around a few years ago.

“It was just us having a laugh, messing around in studio,” says Karlberg. “So when we started to talk about doing a video for ‘Lampenda,’ I suggested we did that a bit more properly, and just film a bunch of people we hang out with for the next month.”

The director filmed Maal’s mouth singing the song and had the clip on his phone wherever he went. “Our friend Dave East also had it on his phone, and we both filmed a bunch of people that way,” says Karlberg.  

You’ll spot the likes of Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Sam Smith, among other musicians, holding iPhone lips against their mouths while singing along to “Lampenda.” It's both innovative and uplifting—and you shouldn't miss out on it. 

The single appears on the special new edition of Baaba Maal’s latest album The Traveller, which will feature four new songs.

Watch the video above and stream or buy The Traveller (Special Edition) here.


For more, revisit Baaba Maal's list of 10 things he loves about Senegal.

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South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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