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NYC Zozo Afrobeat Show this Friday at BAM

Get out the dancing shoes for this one. Nigerian-born Kaleta grew up performing afrobeat with the likes of Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and the rest of the pantheon. Now based in New York, his group Zozo Afrobeat, is a fixture of groove and political consciousness, all 13 pieces of which will head to BAMcafé Live this Friday, November 5th. Bar opens at 8PM, show starts at 9:30PM, and it's FREE.  For more information on the show and directions, visit BAM here.


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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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