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Tumi & French Trio Chinese Man Team Up On 'Once Upon A Time'

Joburg rapper Tumi Molekane lends his poetic skill to French trio Chinese Man on 'Once Upon a Time.'


After collaborating back in 2012 on moodlifter "Ta Bom," Joburg titan Tumi Molekane and France's electro-zen trio Chinese Man have released the video for laid-back jam "Once Upon A Time." The master storyteller (and former Tumi and the Volume frontman) lets his politically conscious lyrics ("liberate the land but forgot the man") ebb and flow above a sweet mix of djembes, scratching and a killer brass line. French animator/filmmaker Christian Volckman's human/animal figures morph in and out of each other in a surrealist visual aid to the De La Soul-nodding track. The video marks the release of the group's Once Upon A Time EP, out today via their Marseille-based Chinese Man Records. Watch Tumi and Chinese Man in "Once Upon a Time" below.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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