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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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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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