This Video of Solange and Moses Sumney Singing a Duet Over a Nina Simone Classic Will Brighten Your Day

Solange and Moses Sumney share a duet over Nina Simone's "Where Can I Go Without You," in this Instagram clip.

Over the weekend,  Solange, fresh off a performance at Coachella, and Ghanaian musician, Moses Sumney, shared an impromptu duet over Nina Simone's "Where Can I go Without You," and—as I'm sure you've guessed—it's magical.

In a minute-long Instagram video, the two go back and fourth about whether or not Sumney smokes weed. Sumney sings "I've never smoked weed before"—in what will likely be the most ethereal way you'll ever hear those words said out loud—while, Solange, who's donning an ornate wooden headpiece, claims otherwise. “tfw the homie been saying he don't light up, but u find a lil clip on his bedside table @moses?,” read the video's caption.

Sumeny's weed-smoking status is still uncertain. We're just happy it was enough to inspire this beautiful moment between to of our favorites.

Watch the clip below.

tfw the homie been saying he don't light up, but u find a lil clip on his bedside table ❔@moses ❔

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A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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