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'Drum Beat Journey' Documentary Follows Four African-American Street Musicians From Chicago To Senegal

Drum Beat Journey is a new documentary project that follows a group of four African-American street musicians from Chicago to Senegal.


Drum Beat Journey is a new documentary project that follows a group of African-American bucket drummers on a musical pilgrimage from Chicago's South Side to Senegal. In July 2012 Eritrea-born social worker and filmmaker Elilta Tewelde traveled with four teenaged street musicians to Petit Mbao, Senegal, for a two-week drumming workshop with Senegalese Griot percussionist Medoune Gueye (aka Papa Dame). "We are here to expose our young people to a culture they have never experienced before in their lives," executive director of the Washington DC-based Rhythm N Dance Kevin L. McEwen says in the film's campaign video. "Being an African-American means that you are part of the African diaspora. Yes you're from the South Side of Chicago, but you're also part of a greater whole... The thing that's most important about it is understanding your ancestors came from here, and they were forcibly taken from here over there." Drum Beat Journey, produced by Tewelde along with Kate Benzschawel and Mallory Sohmer, is still in production. Learn more about the project via the film's Indiegogo pageFacebook and Twitter, and watch an early trailer below.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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