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Video: Akua Naru "Poetry: How Does It Feel?"

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We leave you for the weekend with this silky jam from Ghanaian-American Akua Naru, best described by Okayplayer's Eddie "STATS" as a "wordsmith [who] slides her voice from singing to poetry to rapping in a style you would be hard pressed to fit in any one of those three lanes." It's got all the undulating synth grooves, thick basslines and raspy speak-singing to relax you into weekend hang-out mode. "Poetry: How Does It Feel” is the third single from Akua Naru's debut LP The Journey Aflame.

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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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