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Rising South African Lyricist Touchline Has Some Words For Artists Who Buy Awards

Watch Touchline's new music video for 'Award Shows.'

Touchline won The People's Choice Award at the Verse of the Year Awards hosted by Slikour On Life and Stogie T last week. This is a result of the major buzz he has managed to create with aggressive punchline-heavy raps. From his 2018 EP/mixtape 18 Flow, comes the MC's latest video single "Award Shows."


In the song, the MC flexes his skills while questioning the ways of the game, especially how awards are given. He raps:

"If I'm not on their TV screens, am I not a star?/ Why don't we get awards for saving souls with our art?/ What about the PDotOs, the ones that rap from the heart?"

The song's video is tongue-in-cheek, showing the MC buying awards from a shop and later getting kicked off someone's lawn after shooting a scene of his video.

Touchline is a lyrical genius, and is off to a great start. As he says, he's "That Tupac mixed with 2 Pros and Double H/ Then you dash it with two shots of Nas and Jay/ Double cup of Biggie Smalls and Dr. Dre/ Pop a bottle of Eminem, I'm drunk again."

This will sure be an interesting year for SA hip-hop once again.

Watch the music video below, and listen to 18 Flow underneath or download it here.

Touchline - Award Shows (Official Video) www.youtube.com


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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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