NY: CopperWire Live at Drom

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Gabriel Teodros, Meklit Hadero and Burntface are CopperWire — the Ehtiopian diaspora meets outerspace hip-hop trio whose "Phone Home" music video (above) we premiered a minute ago. New Yawkers! You can catch this space-hop crew at Drom (86 Ave. A) this Friday with DJ Boo and special guests! Grab tickets here and see the flyer below for more info.


Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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