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Emtee Says He’s Now Sober from ‘All Narcotics’

"I don't do no drugs. Sober as a judge."

South African rapper, singer and businessman, Emtee tweeted this morning that he's a sober man. He went on to admit that he used to make his music "high AF." This is, of course, not a surprise, he did rap, "You'll never catch a nigga sober," on his breakout single, 2015's "Roll Up." And he has never made it a secret that he sips on lean.

In the series of tweets, Emtee says he took some time off and went to Bloemfontein, and that he doesn't drink alcohol. This follows an incident, which saw the artist making headlines and trending on social media for falling on stage while performing.

He looked lethargic, sometimes going for several seconds without uttering a word, mic in hand. He looked like he was under the influence of a certain substance. He eventually fell. The video went viral and many artists and fans expressed their pity and disgust at the incident.

Cassper Nyovest tweeted that Emtee and other artists need to "drop the drugs" as "We got families to feed."

We are glad Emtee has cleaned up, and we are looking forward to his EP DIY 2 is due for a September release. The project is a sequel to Emtee's seminal EP, DIY—a cult classic which laid the foundation for Emtee and his ATM conglomerate.

Read: How Emtee Found His Voice and Became South Africa's Number 1 Trapper

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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