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This Is the Best Music Video You'll See All Month

Cherrie boosts up Somalia & Mogadishu in her music video for "163 För Evigt," featuring Z.E.

Cherrie is a buzzing Somali-Swedish singer whose music we've previously premiered and featured in a Songs By Somali Singers & Rappers You Should Listen to This Summer.

The R&B artist recently dropped the amazing video for "163 För Evigt" ("163 Forever") and, despite her singing in Swedish, the track's been blowing up online across both sides of the Atlantic, being posted in several Instagrams, Tweets and everything in between.


"163" is the area code for Rinkeby, the largely immigrant populated Stockholm suburb where Cherrie grew up. "A lot of non-European immigrants live here, and the conditions and possibilities for people out here are less fortunate than anywhere else in the city," Cherrie t old Buzzfeed.

The song is a celebration of hope for all young people who struggle and try to come up everyday. " If I succeed, then you know we all can," Cherrie sings.

Cherrie's a true third culture kid: she was born in Norway but grew up in Finland before moving to Sweden. She's mentioned "her family were among the first African immigrants to move [to Finland], at a time when racial tensions were high."

And she reps Somalia hard.

Just take a look at the Somali flag waving proudly throughout the whole video or the very first line of the song in which she shouts out Mogadishu.

We all know it's been a horrible and tragic week for Somalia in the wake of the country's deadliest terrorist attack in Mogadishu.

To counteract all the sad news coming out of Somalia, let yourself vibe to this amazing video of a Somali artist owning her space and delivering one of the best music videos we've come across all month.

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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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