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Premiere: Baloji x L'Orchestre de la Katuba x Kuku 'Buy Africa' (Fela Kuti Cover)

Watch a video for Baloji's cover of Fela Kuti's "Buy Africa" off the upcoming RED HOT + FELA album.


In one of the first videos to drop off the RED HOT + FELA project, Congolese rapper BalojiL’Orchestre De La Katuba and Kuku's arrangement of Fela Kuti's "Buy Africa" gets the visual treatment. The vibrant lyric video translates Baloji's raps, revealing both stinging and beautifully-crafted lines like Africa's in deep tides of oil like placenta for non-francophones. Stream the RED HOT + FELA album, which features Tony Allen?uestloveTune-YardsAngelique Kidjo, TV On The Radio members, NnekaSpoek MathamboJust A BandZaki Ibrahim, and more. Watch the video for "Buy Africa" below.

Interview

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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