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Inna Modja’s ‘Sambe’ Video Is a Beautiful Prayer for the Youth in Mali

Malian-French singer Inna Modja showcases the rich spirit of Mali’s youth in her new music video for “Sambe.”

Malian-French singer Inna Modja showcases the rich spirit of Mali’s youth in her new music video for “Sambe.” Her new clip calls for a focus on the creativity and beauty coming out of Mali, as opposed to the usual narrative of a war-torn nation.


The striking visuals, which were shot in Bamako last summer, kick off with a poem and a shot of artist Hank Willis Thomas’ piece I Am A Man, before diving into shots of the many faces and dancers seen across the city’s streets.

“Sambe is a prayer in Bambara (Mali's official first language)," Inna Modja tells Okayafrica. "It is a prayer for The Youth in Africa to rise beautifully above all cliches the World holds sometimes against us. The poem I wrote as an intro is about the beauty and creativity we want the World to see.”

Watch our premiere of the video for “Sambe,” a single from Inna Modja’s Motel Bamako, above and read her poem in full below.

In the streets of Africa

Some might see Poverty

I see Poetry

Some might see Misery

I see Beauty

In the streets of Africa

I see Glory

We are not Scars of War

We are Stars of Art

Africa is not a Country

But We are a Family

Africa is not what you see on TV

Africa is Creativity

Africa is Now , Africa is the Future

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Watch Wande Coal & Wale’s World Class Visuals For ‘Again’ (Remix)

Video Premiere: The two music giants certainly landed a 'W' with this one.

Nigerian afropop heavyweight Wande Coal has teamed up with famed American rapper Wale for a remix of his hit track "Again," off of his newly released EP, Realms.

While "Again" has been around for a minute, there's nothing like dope visuals to get the fire burning again. And fans are on board. The hit single amassed over 30 millions streams, with a steady run on many African charts this year, and is sure to keep building on top of the already impressive accomplishments.

As is typical and unfortunate in our new world of socially distancing, the two weren't able to join forces and wardrobes for an epic collaborative video. Instead, Director Adasa Cookey's brilliance manifested itself into a short film.

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