Audio

Baaba Maal x The Very Best x Seye 'Suma Rokia'

Baaba Maal and The Very Best collaborate again on their latest electro scorcher 'Suma Rokia' featuring guitar from Seye.


It's been a year since Senegalese legend Baaba Maal teamed up with The Very Best on London based singer Yadi's track "Unbreakable." Baaba Maal and The Very Best re-emerge on our radar with the scorching electro anthem "Suma Rokia" featuring Seye (who recently played guitar down at SXSW for Damon Albarn's band). The Very Best's Johan Hugo brings his signature production to the table, layering the track with a bright, summer rooftop vibes. All three musicians were aboard the  Africa Express  train tour, and we've got a sneaking suspicion that's where the collaboration took root - though we've yet to find any concrete evidence. Stream the house heavy track below, and watch out for Baaba Maal's subtly enchanting harmonies.

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.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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