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Watch Emtee’s New Music Video for ‘Abantu’

Emtee drops new music video from 'D.I.Y 2.'

Emtee just released the visuals for the song "Abantu," which features S'villa and Snyman. The song is from his 2018 EP DIY 2 and has proven itself a fan-favorite.


In the song, which was produced by Kreazoe, Emtee and his collaborators, rap about people being jealous of other people's success, especially theirs. In the video, the artist makes his argument strong by giving us a glimpse into his desirable life. The video plays out like a behind the scenes video of Emtee going about his day-to-day activities, which include a shoot, a road trip, and a flight in a chopper. According to the text in the beginning of the video, the video shows the artist on his way to an event outside of Joburg.

It's great seeing a video from Emtee, after he had been vocal about not seeing eye-to-eye with Ambitiouz Entertainment, the label he's signed to. A few weeks ago, the artist went on a Twitter rant that implied he wasn't entirely happy with the label and how they are handling his rollout plans, tours and other things.

Watch the music video for "Abantu" below, and revisit DIY 2 underneath.

Emtee - Abantu Ft Snymaan & S'Villa (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com


Interview
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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