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Sierra Leonean Rapper Bajah Features On Brooklyn Shanti's 'A Great Night'

Sierra Leonan rapper Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew) guests on Bengali-American musician/producer Brooklyn Shanti's "A Great Night."


Photo via Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew

Sierra Leonean rapper Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew) is a longtime favorite on the site. Last month we premiered a clip of Freetown's own performing "Party Robot" live with Talib Kweli and Res (which will feature on Kweli's Prisoner of Conscious live album). On his latest effort, Bajah adds his signature rapid delivery to a new track from Bengali-American global/tropical bass/dancehall producer/emcee Brooklyn Shanti. "A Great Night," which also features BK's TinaKristina, sees Bajah promise spiritual meaning over a nocturnal wave of drum hits, electronic pings, and echoing guitars. The song is the vocal remix of "A Great Day," the fourth single off Brooklyn Shanti's recent Bedstuyle. The remix debuted at a TEDx event last month in which Shanti spoke on the elements behind his new album, and brought out several of the artists featured (including Bajah and TinaKristina). The trio hit the studio shortly after to record the track. Look out for a video to come soon. Until then, listen to "A Great Night" below, and see Bajah, Brooklyn Shanti and TinaKristina perform it live at TEDx here.

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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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