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Video: Usher x Sinkane x The Afghan Whigs 'Runnin'"

Watch Sudanese-bred Sinkane perform his upbeat single "Runnin'" with Usher and The Afghan Whigs live at SXSW.


Photo by Phillip Di Fiore

Over the weekend at Austin's SWSX music festival our dude Sinkane — who crafted one of the very first Africa In Your Earbuds mixtapes — was called onstage by none other than R&B prince Usher and indie-rock pioneers The Afghan Whigs to perform "Runnin'," a song we premiered here almost a year ago. Usher and Sinkane ran amok onstage, both jumping, gyrating and shouting the falsetto croons to Sinkane's single — and, yes, Usher and The Afghan Whigs knew every word and drum fill. Watch it below, starting at the 23-minute mark via FADER Fort.

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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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