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SA Hip-Hop Laureate Tumi Heads To Nairobi For 'Hello Hello Kitty'

Watch the video for the Nairobi shot video for Tumi Hello Hello Kitty, from the forthcoming 'ROBTHECHURCH' solo LP from the SA hip-hop laureate.


It's been a minute since we've heard from South African hip-hop laureate Tumi Molekane. Since departing Tumi & the Volume the conscious frontman has stayed busy honing poetics of his own. A first taste off the forthcoming solo effort ROBTHECHURCH comes from victory anthem "Hello Hello Kitty," whose weighty beatmaking comes courtesy of Sowetan producer Al The 3rd and Switzerland's Fred Hirsch. Tumi looked to Nairobi for a visually striking, thought-provoking visual accompaniment to his ode to heroic women. We're going full puzzle mode to crack Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's thematic weight. Watch "Hello Hello Kitty" below and stay tuned for more news on Tumi's third solo release via Motif Records.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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