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Video: Tumi x Youngsta x Reason 'What Have You Done, My Brother?'

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Wiping the dust off Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens’ bluesy church number “What Have You Done,” South African hip hop laureate Tumi Molekane (of Tumi and the Volume), together with up-and-coming emcees, Reason (Sizwe Moeketsi) and Youngsta (Riyadh Roberts) team up to deliver this dope standout track recorded at the Redbull Studios in Cape Town: “What Have You Done, My Brother?”

Never straying too far from his trademark poetic-realism Tumi raps:

“For every birth there’s blood/for every hurt there’s love/but how you figure for a man trying to avenge his son/he barefoot on the streets/nothing but socks on his feet/a big gun, he’s numb from the shock and the grief.”

Stream "What Have You Done, My Brother?" below.

Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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