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Boddhi Satva & Badi's Video For 'Kitendi' Is A Black Vintage Fashion Dream

"The art direction and wardrobe give a hybrid mixture of styling eras with a forward-thinking approach," says Boddhi Satva.

Central African DJ and producer Boddhi Satva is sharing the new video for “Kitendi,” featuring Congolese-Belgian rapper Badi—a track that sees the MC flex over paralyzing kicks and bass lines.

The video, which we are premiering here today, was art directed by London-based dandies Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF with vintage styling by Amah Ayivi. 

It showcases the lovely people at Café Barge in Paris with flashes of of legendary African musicians such as Stervos Niarcos, Papa Wemba and Kester Emeneya who pioneered “La SAPE,” a fashion movement in the 60s.

“‘Kitendi,’” says Boddhi Satva, “took Badi and I out of our musical comfort zone. The art direction by Art Comes First and wardrobe by Marché Noir give a hybrid mixture of styling eras with a forward-thinking approach. Most importantly, this project is a 100% Pan African effort.”

Watch the Gilles Geek-directed video for “Kitendi” above.

 

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Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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