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Video: Chris Dave x Fela Kuti

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Drum virtuoso Chris "Daddy" Dave, name-checked by ?uesto as "the most dangerous drummer in the world," offers up a head-spinning percussive remix of a Fela Kuti jam. Stick around for the 1-minute mark where Chris does the impossible and ups the intensity and intricacy of an already complex Tony Allen beat.

The whole things was put together by Chris as a tribute to the afrobeat king and inspired by Fela! the musical — which you can still catch on its world tour (currently in Boston, next stop Bmore)! Watch the video, shot/edited by Gerard Victor.

Edit: For all you UK, New Zealanders, et al getting blocked by youtube, here's the vimeo version.

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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