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Watch Tumi's Video For 'In Defence of My Art' Featuring Reason & Ziyon

Johannesburg rapper/poet Tumi shares the official music video for his new single "In Defence of My Art."


Right from its opening shot of a hooded Tumi sitting on a gun throne, the video for the Johannesburg rapper/poet's new single "In Defence of My Art," featuring Reason and Ziyon, makes a mark. Filmed in stark black-and-white, the Kyle Lewis-directed piece depicts Tumi as emperor, a king-artist not just defending his repertoire, but proudly flaunting it. The clip runs through shots of AK-47s, gas masks and plenty of military imagery to showcase Tumi's literal defense of his craft, involving the viewer in its strange mystery. Talking about the song with SABC News, Tumi mentioned that "It's really just about defending what you believe in, your own... your value system... the things that you've always stood for." With this video, then, Tumi confidently grounds this common struggle in a thrillingly frightening arena. Check it out below. "In Defence Of My Art" is available now and will feature on Tumi's upcoming third solo album, Return Of The King.

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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