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Bombino, Young Fathers & Fantastic Negrito At Central Park SummerStage [Okayafrica TV]

Okayafrica TV follows Tuareg guitarist Bombino, Young Fathers and Fantastic Negrito during their SummerStage show in NYC's Central Park.


Okayafrica and SummerStage recently got together to present Tuareg guitarist Bombino, Scottish-Liberian-Nigerian trio Young Fathers and Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito for a live show in New York City's Central Park. Okayafrica TV was there to capture the day's magic as the Niger-based Bombino and his band entranced the crowd with their psychedelic desert blues grooves, Young Fathers stormed through a set packed with heavy beats, rhymes and vocal harmonies, and Fantastic Negrito brought his black roots-blues rock gospel to the park. Watch our Okayafrica TV re-cap of the concert, featuring interviews with each of the performers on the philosophy behind their live sound, above.

Photo by Jake Remington (Collabo!)

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Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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