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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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Photo courtesy of AYLØ.

Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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