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Iris Gold & M.anifest's 'Roll It Out' Video Will Lift Up Your Week

Check out the Accra-shot music video for the new single.

M.anifest only just recently released the outstanding visual for "Azumah Nelson Flow," but he's already back with more.

His new drop, "Roll It Out," is a collaboration with Danish "flower pop" singer Iris Gold.

The Ghanaian rapper shows Iris across Accra in this new music video for the uplifting pop single.


According to a press release, this collaboration began on the beaches of Cannes, France, where both artists connected last summer at the MIDEM Festival. The two performed as part of the Artists' Accelerator program.

Read: MIDEM Is Succesfully Showing the Vast Opportunities of the African Music Industry

For their new collaborative music video, Iris fully immerses herself in the nights, streets and beauty of Accra.

Check it out below.


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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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