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Watch M.anifest Salute The Everday Hustle in 'Someway Bi'

Talented Ghanaian MC, M.anifest releases a new video for single "Someway Bi" off 2013's Apae: The Price Of Free EP


The last time we saw Ghanaian rapper M.anifest he was getting buck in South Africa with Hip Hop Pantsula while preparing to join Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn on a month-long European tour. For his latest video, the talented MC heads back home to deliver the documentary style visuals for "Someway Bi," a pulsing highlife track off last year's stellar Apae: The Price of Free EP.

Taking its name from the popular Ghanaian catchphrase "someway bi," which is most often used as a succinct response to "the daily frustrations, inexplicable occurrences, immeasurable joys, [and] simple pleasures of urban African life," the single gets a stunning cinéma verité inspired treatment from director Post No Bill. In the video, we are offered glimpses into the everyday hustles of a cast of characters from all walks of life while M.anifest's lyrical flow bears witness to the gratifications and gripes associated with life in Ghana's bustling metropolises.

The Yung Fly-produced track serves as a reminder that one can lament the blues of our 21st century existence while looking forward to the good times ahead, and M-dot makes a brief cameo at the end of the clip to take one last shot before stepping out into the unknown future. Watch 'Someway Bi' below. Cop Apae: The Price of Free EP on iTunes

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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