Events

The 6th Annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival

This weekend marks the 6th annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival. Showcasing talent from all over the world, this fest has become a staple of its own kind. With previous headliners including KRS One, K'naan, Les Nubians, Blitz the Ambassador, Eternia, and La Bruja, this year the one and only Jean Grae will be headlining Saturday night. The weekend will be rounded out with b-boy battles, panels, workshops, lectures, and films about international hip hop & its worldwide growth and popularity. For a full schedule of events check trinityhiphop.org. Events start today, April 1, 2011 at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  The entire weekend is free and open to the public!


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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