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Stromae Performs 'Papaoutai' In The Streets Of New York City

Watch Stromae perform "Papaoutai" for puzzled New Yorkers across Time Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park and in a subway car.


Photo via Pitchfork.

Stromae perfroms his Racine Carrée hit single "Papaoutai" across the streets of New York City for the latest installment of his popular 'Lessons' videos, which are being revamped to promote his upcoming 10-concert North American tour. After a high-profile introduction featuring the likes of Lorde and Madonna (both Stromae fans), the clip follows the Belgian pop artist to Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Williamsburg and, even, a subway car as he plays his track for puzzled New Yorkers. The street performances culminate at Madison Square Garden, where Stromae will headline in October on a bill alongside Janelle Monáe and Jidenna. Watch "Stromae Takes America - 'Papaoutai' In New York City" below via Pitchfork and see his full North American tour dates underneath. Tickets for all shows are available now.

Stromae North American Tour Dates

09/12 – James L Knight Center – Miami, FL^

09/16 – Echostage – Washington, DC*

09/18 – House of Blue – Boston, MA*

09/21 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL*

09/22 – Myth – Minneapolis, MN*

09/25 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI*

09/26 – Echo Beach – Toronto, ON*

09/28 – Centre Bell – Montreal, QC*

09/29 – Centre Bell – Montreal, QC*

10/01 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY**

*Jidenna supporting

** Special guest Janelle Monáe

^Freedom Fry supporting

Interview

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.

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