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Rattex ft. Ben Sharpa 'The Government'

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In the spirit of #OccupyOakland and the rest of the movement, but really in the spirit of how we've been feeling for some time now, here's a throwback from Pioneer Unit MCs Rattex and Ben Sharpa. Spitting in a combination isiXhosa, english and Cape Flats slang, Rah and Sharpa call out "The Government" over a brass-instrumented banger reminiscent of Just Blaze gems.

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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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