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Watch Rowlene and Gemini Major’s Jolly Music Video For ‘Runaway’

Rowlene releases a new single from her 2018 project The Evolution Of a Robot: 2nd Generation.

South African R&B singer, Rowlene's new music video for "Runaway," featuring artist and producer Gemini Major, is a celebration of love. And what's more fitting than colorful walls as backdrops and dancing under the sun in Cape Town to celebrate a jolly relationship?


As the lyrics suggest, the two (who are a couple in the video) decided to leave everything behind and celebrate their love, which Rowlene signs she was afraid of doing.

"Runaway" is the latest single from Rowlene's 2018 project The Evolution Of a Robot: 2nd Generation, which was released under Nasty C's Tall Rack Records, which Rowlene is signed to.

The 21-track project featured the likes of Kid X, Lastee, A-Reece, Nasty C and Nadia Nakai among a few others.

Watch the music video below, and stream The Evolution Of a Robot: 2nd Generation underneath.

Rowlene Runaway (Feat Gemini Major) Official Music Video www.youtube.com




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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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