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Is This Stevie Wonder Singing At A Restaurant For Ethiopian New Year?

A video seems to show Stevie Wonder jumping on the microphone at a restaurant in Los Angeles' Little Ethiopia for Ethiopian New Year.


As the Ethiopian New Year took place last weekend, videos of revelers worldwide have been popping up online. One particular clip which we came across seems to show none other than Stevie Wonder jumping on the microphone at a restaurant in Los Angeles' Little Ethiopia to jam with a masenqo player. An audience member who was present posted the video on Facebook, which was spotted by the website Goursha, with the description, "Stevie Wonder does an impromptu freestyle at an Ethiopian Resturant [sic] during an Ethiopian New Year Celebration with a traditional Ethiopian musician. Sept. 13th 2015 Los Angeles CA." Though unconfirmed, the singer in the video below certainly has a resemblance to Wonder, as well as the same moves we've come to know from the legend. Could it be him?

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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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