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Stream Solange’s New Album, ‘A Seat at the Table’

Solange has released her new album, 'A Seat at the Table'

Earlier this week we learned Solange has a new album coming out on Friday. A Seat at the Table is officially here. You can listen to it below via Apple Music and Spotify.


Her follow-up to 2012’s True EP, the 21-track album features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Sampha, Blood Orange, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Q-Tip, the Dream, Kelly Rowland, Kelela, Sean Nicholas Savage and more.

It’s described as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.”

Accompanying the album, the singer and Saint Heron founder released a digital book of lyrics and photos taken by Barcelona-based photographer Carlota Guerrero. Guerrero also shot the album’s now-famous cover image of Solange and is credited with providing art direction on the project. The first 86 fans to sign up on a mysterious website that popped up last week received their own physical copy of the book.

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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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