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Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck & Amadou Bagayoko Reunite Les Ambassadeurs

Legendary Malian band Les Ambassadeurs release a track from their rehearsal sessions in preparation for their summer tour.


Legendary Malian band Les Ambassadeurs are making a come back this summer as original members Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck and Amadou Bagayoko (of Amadou & Mariam) reunite to revisit their catalogue for audiences across Europe. The Malian pioneers were in Bamako last month prepping for their upcoming tour and have released some audio from their rehearsal sessions. Proving just how easily the group is able to swing back into their collective groove "Sidiki" showcases Les Ambassadeurs’ magical ability to combine geographically diverse soundscapes, wavy guitar lines, shifting rhythms and, of course, Salif Keita's dynamic vocals into head-bobbing compositions. Stream the rehearsal cut of "Sidiki," premiering with us today, and watch a short clip of Les Ambassadeurs as they prepare for their European tour below.

Les Ambassadeurs European Tour Dates

Jul. 5 Roskilde Festival - Roskilde (DK)

Jul. 6 Afrika Festival - Hertme (NL)

Jul. 25 La Mar de Musicas - Cartagena (SP)

Jul. 26 Barbican Hall - London (UK)

Jul. 27 Womad Charlton Park - Malmesbury (UK)

Aug. 2 Esperanzah! - Floreffe (BE)

Aug. 3 Festival du Bout du Monde - Crozon (FR)

Aug. 8 Way Out West - Goteborg (SE)

Aug. 9 Flow Festival - Helsinki (FI)

Aug. 15 Mela Festival - Oslo (NO)

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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