Video: Society Hae Interviews Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew

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Our buddies over at Society Hae just posted this great interview clip with Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew from the Okayafrica launch event back in July that took place in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.  Listen to what the Sierra Leonean super stars have to say about their reception in the U.S., the best venue they've ever played, and their own particular brand of music - a new style they refer to as "bomanyo" - a fusion of hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, and traditional African music. For more on B-DEC check out their website,, and follow me after the jump for their newest upcoming tour dates!  Shout out to N'dada and N'gozi!


9/7/10   Open for Toubab Krewe @ Mexacali Live, Teaneck, New Jersey

9/12/10  "Spirit of Africa" Brooklyn Block Party!  FREE.  Also features Blitz the Ambassador, Sahr from FELA!, RES and more special guests. Outside of Le Grand Dakar, Grand St. between Lafayette and Clifton, Clinton Hill Brooklyn

9/28/10   Chicago World Music Festival, playing alongside Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars, Mayne Stage 1328 Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60626

10/4/10   ALL FOR AFRICA "Palm Out Poverty" Festival Benefit Fundraiser, also featuring DJ ?uestlove, Sahr from FELA!, the FELA! dancers, and more.  More info coming soon for ticket buys.

10/12/10  The Hip Hop Theater Festival presents B Satz Allstars, along with John Forte, Blitz the Ambassador, Tarrah Reynolds, Shasta Geaux Pop, and more.  At Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette st. NYC.

10/30/10 HALLOWEEN SHOW!  Bushwick Loft Party, more info coming soon.


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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