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Video: The Roots of Q-Tip - A Tribe Called Djola

Q-Tip, of A Tribe Called Quest, takes a DNA test and discovers his African ancestry in the 'The Roots Of...' series on Okayafrica TV.


The members of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest have always drawn from their African roots. Not only were they prime movers in Afrocentric movements - notably Zulu Nation and Native Tongues - but their lyrics and beats also referenced those that were (forcibly) ushered out of the ports of West, Central, and Southwest Africa - birthing such monumental movements as the blues, funk, jazz, rock, reggae and, of course, hip-hop along the way . And now we've come full circle.

With a simple and expertly-rolled cheek swab (a q-tip?) to collect DNA, watch Q-Tip (above) trace his maternal ancestry - back to the specific country, and, yes, TRIBE, that his peoples are really from - discovering that his interest in music and instrumentation is surely no accident.

If you haven't yet seen our first episode in "The Root of..." series, check here to watch ?uesto and Black Thought discover theirs. And you too can discover the country and even tribe where it all began: to get your own DNA test, check out our partners over at African Ancestry.

Video by Native Resonance.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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