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Video: Ian Keteku 'Nightmares'


A late-night, spoken word exploration from Canadian/GhanaianWorld Poetry Slam champ Ian Keteku. It's not exactly in the holiday spirit (Happy Halloween!), but "Nightmares" still features enough morbid references, Mobutu portraits and black sheep in Mozambique talk to elicit some pretty weird vibes. The track can be found on Keteku's debut LP Lessons From Planet Earth (Re-Evolution) out now via Nocturne Records.

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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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