BET Awards 2011 "Best International Act: Africa" Nominations

This year's BET Awards nominations are in and the lineup for Best International Act: Africa includes a nice variety of styles and countries.  Nigeria is represented by two nominees, R&B stars 2Face Idibia and D'Banj, who you might recognize from his recent collaboration with Snoop Dogg. Another nominee, D-Black is repping Ghana, while Fally Ipupa was nominated out of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Rounding out the 6 member nomination list are Angélique Kidjo of Benin (the only woman on the list) and Teargas, a 3-member group out of South Africa.  The show will air live on Sunday June 26th so tune in to see who wins! Get some more info on the nominees and the awards show here.


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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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