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Swaziland’s Trippy King 20 Connects With Ice Prince on ‘Ballers Only’

Listen to "Ballers Only" by Trippy King 20 and Ice Prince.

Swazi rapper Trippy King 20 recently released his collaboration with Nigerian rapper Ice Prince. The single sees the two lay down bars over a bassline as big their personalities, and airy pads that creep between eerie strings.

The song's title speaks for itself. Poor you and I probably won't relate to the lyrics (Ice Prince raps, "I just touched down in Swaziland/ I just spent about a hundred grand"). But that doesn't stop us from jamming to it outside the ballers' club.

Listen to "Ballers Only" below and download it here.

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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