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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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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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