Events

NYC: Antibalas, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew & Prince Paul at Scotty Hard Benefit


This Saturday Brooklyn Bowl will host Music Frees All Festival for Scotty Hard, a benefit show featuring BK afrobeat-ers Antibalas, Sierra Leone's own Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, OG producer Prince Paul (Gravediggaz/Handsome Boy Modeling School) and plenty more. All profits will go to producer/engineer Scotty Hardsee a list of his extensive and impressive music work. The cause:

On February 16, 2008, as Scotty was leaving a late night session at his Brooklyn studio, a stolen car broadsided the taxi he was traveling in, paralyzing him below the chest, sending him into complicated spinal reconstruction surgery and hospitalization. To friends and admirers alike, Scotty is a true inspiration, and indeed, his spirits remain high. With his positive outlook on life and sense of humor fully in tact, he has made great progress. But there remains a long road ahead, and Scotty Hard continues to need our support.

Learn more about the Scotty Hard Trust. Buy tickets to the show and RSVP at the facebook invite. Check out all details for the show below!

Interview

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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