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Video: Meta & The Cornerstones "Somewhere in Africa"


Meta & The Cornerstones are on the verge. Led by the never-tiring Meta Dia, who is Senegalese and sings in a mixture of French, English, Wolof and Fulani, the Cornerstones, whose members hail from parts of Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East, carry a sound that is a literal unification of the world’s musical experience. With a classic feel-good reggae sound that also channels the smoothness of soul, the political fire of hip-hop, and the energy of Afropop, the band has carved a niche for itself, especially here in New York City where they just announced a monthly residency at the 92Y Tribeca.  The other day, National Geographic Music premiered the group’s first official video, featured above, shot in Meta’s hometown of Jaffa for the track “Somewhere in Africa.”  This colorful masterpiece gets at the heart of Meta's music - African inspired reggae goodness.

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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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