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Seun Kuti On Black Lives Matter: "Black America Has a Right to Protect Itself Militarily, Financially & Politically"

Seun Kuti talks to Okayafrica TV to express his feelings towards the Black Lives Matter movement.

Seun Kuti talks to Okayafrica TV to express his feelings towards the Black Lives Matter movement.


The afrobeat torchbearer, who recently released the politically charged music video for "Gimme My Vote Back" and dropped the 3-song Struggle Sounds EP, mentions:

"What we have to understand is that police in general have been created to police the poor. And the majority of poor people in the world are black. Even in Africa we have a population of about 3 million white people and Asians...you never hear [about] the cops killing them, you know, but they still kill black people in Africa," Seun states.

"Black America definitely has a right to protect itself militarily, financially, and politically. We have to encourage black people to come together in a way that we can show that we don't need to integrate to be great."

Watch the video above and check out Struggle Sounds EP, which Seun calls "a true reflection of [his] social and political beliefs," below.

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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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