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Video: A Day in the Life of M.anifest

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M.anifest breaks downs his daily routine in this "mini doc" video trailing him through 24-Accra-hours. Highlights include home-cooked meals, 2-buck shape-ups and an overbearing hatred of traffic. The clip is sprinkled with spoken-word wizardry from the Ghana emcee on the likes of ping-pong ("table tennis is like rhyming; you need to get lost in focus and have precision while still having fun with it") and practice ("it's the difference between mundane and extraordinary, it's a beautiful communion amongst musicians"). Watch it above, the Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America is out now.

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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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