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okay acoustic: Watch Baaba Maal Perform 'Kalaajo' and 'Mbaay Mbaay'

For our latest episode of okay acoustic, the Senegalese icon performs soothing renditions of two of his songs.

Senegalese legend Baaba Maal is largely known for his soaring voice and delicate acoustic compositions.

For his most recent album, The Traveller, Baaba Maal teamed up with producer Johan Hugo to create a modern combination of Fulani vocal melodies with electronic pop beats. Last year, the Senegalese star took a turn towards the film industry, essentially becoming 'the voice' of Wakanda for the highly-successful Black Panther movie and its soundtrack.

For our latest episode of okay acoustic, Baaba Maal performs soothing, stripped-down renditions of two of his songs, "Kalaajo" and "Mbaay Mbaay."

Watch below.

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Mati Diop Will Be Presented the Inaugural Mary Pickford Award at TIFF 2019

The Senegalese-French director of "Atlantiques" will be the first to be honored for her exceptional work as a female talent in the film industry.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival is around the corner, where the premier event continues to transform the way people see the world through film.

The Mary Pickford Award—a new award recognizing top female talent in the film industry—will be presented to none other than Mati Diop, Variety reports.

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Mati Diop's 'Atlantiques' Will Be Making Its U.S. Debut at the 57th New York Film Festival

The critically acclaimed film from the Senegalese-French filmmaker will be heading to the big screen stateside very soon.

The main slate has been announced for the 57th New York Film Festival, presented by Film at Lincoln Center—holding from September 27 to October 13, Deadline reports.

This year's main slate presents films from 17 countries, highlighting both newcomers and celebrated filmmakers who made a statement at acclaimed international film festivals this year.

One of which is Mati Diop's Atlantiques. The Senegalese-French filmmaker was the one to watch this year at Cannes and took home the Grand Prix Award and a Netflix acquisition.

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Amadou Gallo Fall Named President of NBA's New Basketball Africa League

The Senegalese native, will lead the establishment of the NBA's newest league set to launch in 2020.

In February, it was announced that the NBA was establishing the Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league based on the continent, in collaboration with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The new league will include 12 club teams from across the continent.

Ahead of its launch next year, it's been announced that NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall will act as President of the upcoming league.

Fall is a Senegalese native who began working with the NBA in 2010. "Amadou's efforts to grow basketball and the NBA's business across Africa have been extraordinary, and he is an ideal choice to lead the Basketball Africa League," said NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. "This historic initiative will not only further enhance the game in Africa but also provide new opportunities in media, technology and infrastructure on the continent."

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