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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is Nominated For A Grammy

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is up for an 'Album of the Year' Grammy Award as part of Beyoncé's album.


Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie could be earning herself an unexpected accolade this weekend at The Grammys, where she's nominated for 'Album of The Year' as part of Beyoncé's self-titled LP. The credit, of course, comes from "Flawless," the Beyoncé single which uses a lengthy sample of Adichie's 'We Should All Be Feminists' TEDxEuston speech, in which the writer urges audiences to dismiss the notion of feminism being inherently "un-African." As Beyoncé explains in the video below, "I was scrolling through videos about feminism on youtube and I ran across this video of this incredible Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie. Everything she said is exactly how I feel. 'We raise girls to see each other as competitors. Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing,  but for the attention of men.'" The Grammy news comes a few days after Adichie penned 'Lights Out in Nigeria,'  a New York Times op-ed on the quality of electricity in Nigeria, and had a personal piece about her struggles with depression published without permission by The Guardian. Watch Beyoncé speaking about the influence of Adichie's words on "Flawless" below.

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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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