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Watch Sjava and Ebro Discuss Land, Racism, Tribalism, Shaka Zulu and More In New Interview

Sjava and Ebro discuss heavy topics in this interview.

South African artist Sjava recently sat down with Ebro Daden on Hot 97 for an in-depth interview. The interview took a sharp turn, right in the beginning, as it ended up being less about Sjava and his music, but more about racism, tribalism, classism and land, among other heavy topics.


Sjava mentioned that he would like to be part of the upcoming Shaka Zulu film which he said could be in production in the near future. Ebro then further asked him about Shaka Zulu, and the black experience in South Africa, which pretty much became the discussion throughout the interview.

In the conversation, they also touched on Sjava's involvement in the Black Panther soundtrack, why originality is important to him as a musician, Beyoncé, Cassper Nyovest and how South Africans celebrate US superstars more than they do their own artists.

This is the third interview Ebro is doing with Sjava. He interviewed him on Beats 1 earlier this year, during the Black Panther hype, and again on the same platform two days ago about his new EP Umphako.

Watch the interview below, and revisit Sjava's latest 4-track EP Umphako here.

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Photo: Benoit Peverelli

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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