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Watch Ms. Lauryn Hill Perform New Song, ‘Rebel/I Find It Hard to Say,’ on ‘Charlie Rose’

Ms. Lauryn Hill stopped by 'Charlie Rose' to perform her new song, the Amadou Diallo tribute “Rebel/I Find It Hard To Say”

Earlier this month, Ms. Lauryn Hill surprised many of us with her first new music in a very, very long time. Streaming exclusively on Tidal, “Rebel/I Find It Hard To Say” is an updated studio version to a song off the 2002 MTV Unplugged 2.0 (Hill’s second solo album).


Originally titled “I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel),” “Rebel” was written about Amadou Diallo, the 23-year-old Liberian-born college student who was shot and killed by four NYPD officers in the Bronx on February 4, 1999.

The song carries a haunting relevance in 2016 America—something that Hill herself noted in a statement on Tidal: “Old tune, new Version, same context, even more relevant now: sick and tired of being sick and tired,” she said.

More recently, the singer took time off her Diaspora Calling tour to perform the song at the Charlie Rose studio. She was backed by a full band and backup singers as she delivered a powerful performance of the emotionally-charged song. Watch the full performance below.

Ms. Hill is currently in the middle of her Diaspora Calling! tour alongside special guests like Nas, Machel Montano, Kehlani, Talib Kweli, Little Simz, Noname, Seun Kuti, Jojo Abot, EL and a number of other artists from across the diaspora. Head here for the full list of dates.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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