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Watch Maleek Berry's New Carnival-Inspired Music Video for 'Gimme Life'

Maleek Berry returns with a vibrant new video for his latest single.

The last time we heard from Maleek Berry, he had just released his EP First Daze of Winter.

Now, the Nigerian afrobeats star is back with his latest single "Gimme Life."The music video sees Maleek in a colorful, carnival-inspired setting, surrounded by women with intricate head pieces and various flags. Everyone appears to be having a really great time in the Director Labi-produced video, especially Maleek as he vibes and hits the shaku a couple of times throughout the video.


On the song, which was self-produced by Maleek, he sings about a partner who—you guessed it—gives him life when she dances. It's a departure from his previous singles about love and heartbreak like "Pon My Mind" and "Calling," but catchy nonetheless.

Watch the music video for "Gimme Life" below.


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Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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