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South Africa's 'Super Tour': Christian Tiger School, Bateleur, The Frown + More!

South African music's NSFW crew are hitting the road on the "Phoenix Rising Magic Bus Tour." Christian Tiger School, Bateleur, The Frown and others will play a cross country tour March 28-April 4.


Some of our favorite sounds from South Africa are piling onto one giant bus and touring the country under the banner "The Rising Phoenix Magic Bus Tour" (what?!). Christian Tiger School, Bateleur, Knotts, Desert Head, The Frown, and Rakkie/Johnny Neon DJ set will all be on the happy bus starting tonight (3/28) in Stellenbosch until the finale on 4/4 at The Assembly in Cape Town. The tour will hit up most of the country's important musical sites - from playing major slots at the Splashy Fen Festival, to throwing a mega party at Kitchener's with another OKA fave A Brother Moves On. We're looking forward to seeing the photos from this NSFW "super tour." See all dates and cities below.

28th Thurs - Stellenbosch. More info here.

30th Sat late afternoon/evening -  Splashy Fen Festival (near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal). More info here.

31st Sun Evening- Johannesburg - More info here.

2nd Tues Evening - Pretoria - More info here.

4th Thurs evening- Final Show Cape Town - More info 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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