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Ibeyi Cover Jay Electronica's 'Better In Tune With The Infinite' + Fall Tour Dates

Watch Ibeyi cover Jay Electronica's "Better In Tune With The Infinite" and catch them on their fall tour.


XL Recordings' new French-Cuban duo Ibeyi  follow their recent soul-wrenching single "Mama Says" with an acoustic cover of Jay Electronica’s "Better In Tune With The Infinite." Their soulful interpretation, a one-take live recording that took place during their debut album's recording sessions, displays the Yoruba doom soul sisters' now distinctive sonic palette — a sublime combination of piano, voice, cajón and batas. The Paris-based twins have also just announced a series of live tour dates in October and November, which will include a batch of European show and Ibeyi’s first trip to the U.S., with performances scheduled in New York City on November 18 and Los Angeles on November 20. Watch Ibeyi's live cover of Jay Electronica and see their full fall tour dates below.

IBEYI EUROPEAN & U.S. FALL TOUR DATES

October 7th La Cigale, Paris, France (supporting Asa)

October 23rd Courtyard Theatre, London, UK

October 30th JazzOnze, Lausanne, Switzerland (Free Show)

October 31st Kasern, Bale, Croatia

November 3rd Hostess Weekender Festival, Tokyo, Japan

November 7th Salle Daniel Ferry, Nanterre, France (with Sandra Nkake)

November 10th Astra, Berlin (supporting Chet Faker), Germany

November 12th Les Inrocks Festival (supporting Damon Albarn), Paris, France (SOLD OUT)

November 13th Vondelkerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 18th Joe’s Pub, New York, USA

November 20th Hotel Café, Los Angeles, USA

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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