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Janet Jackson's Filming a Music Video "Featuring a Lot of African Rhythms"

She was also spotted wearing some... interesting style choices.

Janet Jackson was in Williamsburg, Brooklyn earlier this week where, according to Rhythm of Afrika, she was shooting a music video that included lots of African rhythms.

Remezcla reports that the music video is presumably for the 52-year-old star's upcoming single, "Made for Now," and that Daddy Yankee was also present for the shoot. Dave Meyers is the rumored director.

Pictures from the shoot show Janet Jackson star wearing a headwrap paired with ripped jeans and a big yellow belt.

The styling has been a bit more of a talking point, while some are celebrating her "African-inspired" choices, others are calling them out for different reasons.


Creative director and stylist Dapper Afrika is claiming that Janet's stylist took some of his ideas and executed them badly. "Dear @janetjackson come see me please whomever is researching is not serving you as an original," he wrote on his Instagram. "You are an Icon you deserve to know who's the best at this particular type of imagery and some folks can't execute it at all just by being on your team or your personal stylist... Guess I won't be sending the top Stylists DMs of my work anymore to collab!"

Other commenters like Akua "Kiwi" Konadu were much more direct, writing under Rhythm of Afrika's IG post, "What the HEELLLLL is this mess? As a PROUD GHANAIAN WOMEN, I'm hella offended by this 'African' 'style'! A beg, may the witches who dressed the ICON, catch fiyah & burn! *Ghana voice*""

What do you think about the styling here?



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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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