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22 Beautiful Portraits From Our Electrafrique Party In Mali

Studio Kilamanjaro's Moustapha Diallo took some beautiful portraits at our Bamako Electrafrique party.

Almost a year after our last Mali edition, OkayAfrica Electrafrique, in collaboration with Carrefour Créatif, made a big return to Bamako for a night of life-giving beats.


Fali Fatô, a favorite watering hole for the city's music lovers filled to the brim to witness our man DJ Cortega and Babinotes' Black Charles from Côte d'Ivoire synch up their electronic beats to the live traditional Malian percussion of Djeli Madou's trio Doucoura.

A blend of ancestral and futuristic music breathed fresh vibes into the night of the Malian capital, a vibrant city whose nightlife has suffered from an enduring security crisis.

Behind the camera was Studio Kilimanjaro's talented Moustapha Diallo, who captured the emotions in his mobile studio. Peep below for a recap of this epic night.

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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