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Video: Tinariwen x Flea & Josh of RHCP 'Cler Achel (Live)'

Tinariwen were recently joined onstage by Flea and Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers for an extended jam on 2007 Aman Iman LP track "Cler Achel".  The Tuareg band's been rubbing elbows with a slew of big names recently — most notably collaborating TV on the Radio, playing with Bono and being interviewed by Stephen Colbert.


Tinariwen will be releasing a special edition of their, album of the year choice, Tassili for Record Store day which will include remixes from Animal Collective and Four Tet. Watch the clip above and see the full remix tracklist below.

Tassili Remixes:

1) Tenere Taqhim Tossam - Four Tet Remix

2) Imidiwan Ma Tenam - Portugal. The Man Remix

3) Imidiwan Ma Tenam - Galactic

4) Tameyawt - Deakin of Animal Collective Remix

(H/T RS)

EDIT: Afropop has a convoluted piece on the failure of music media covering Tinariwen but not addressing the current situation in Mali — in which they directly link to this article as an example. The omission of the Mali coup was simply due to unfamiliarity with the topic. Basically, as a music writer I don't want nor desire to delve into a political issue I'm not well schooled in. Regardless, there should've been a mention of the Mali situation, if only brief, in the post. Read about it from the pros. And look for a proper article on it here soon from a someone that can properly/fairly address the issue.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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