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Vieux Farka Touré Live From An Oregon Forest

Watch a never-before-seen clip of Vieux Farka Toure performing from an Oregon forest at the Pickathon Festival.


Here's some never-before-seen footage of Vieux Farka Touré showcasing his alluring Malian guitar riffs from the Woods Stage at Oregon's Pickathon Festival last year. Vieux's vocals and guitar resonate hugely as he commands the stage throughout this 10-minute "Gi Ku Chi Fo"  jam, even getting the entire crowd to chant along around the 6-minute mark. Pickathon 2014 is set to go down at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR on Aug. 1-3. The festival, who's hosted the likes of Vieux and Bombino in the past, will start unveiling its lineup tomorrow over at their website.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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