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Yasiin Bey Hears Gnawa Music And Takes A Late Night Stroll In Morocco

In a recent episode of The Getaway, Esquire Network's new travel series, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def explores Marrakesh, Morocco.


In a recent episode of The Getaway, Esquire Network's new travel series, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def takes in the sounds, sights, and tastes of Marrakesh, Morocco. First, Bey hears Gnawa music which, as an interviewee explains, comes from "sub-Saharan African slaves" and involves "just singing the lyrics to explain the pain." Later, the Brooklyn-born, recently South Africa-based rapper/actor takes a midnight journey ("Don't let that sound dubious to you," he assures) into Jemaa el Fna, a bustling square of music, snake charmers, and food that is particularly known for its orange juice. After trying it out, Bey exclaim, "Now that's what I call flavor," with sheer delight on his face. Watch two clips from Yasiin Bey's The Getaway episode below.

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The ‘Coming 2 America’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack & ‘The Rhythm Of Zamunda’ Are Out Now

Featuring Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Larry Gaaga, Alpha P, Davido and many more.

It has been more than 30 years since the premiere of the beloved classic comedy Coming to America. Its highly anticipated sequel promises to be greater than its predecessor. The film will be accompanied with two albums—Coming 2 America original motion picture soundtrack and Rhythms of Zamunda, whose tracklist is inspired by the movie. Both albums, which are currently available on all major streaming platforms, feature African music royalty Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Larry Gaaga and Alpha P, who joined a select group of artists from around the continent to produce these tracklists.

Still blazing charts after the success of his debut album Old Romance, Tekno has a growing list of impressive collaborations with artists like Davido, Drake, Beyonce, to name a few. The singer does not have not one, but two of his hit songs featured; "Waka Waka" is featured on the official soundtrack and "Skeletun" on Rhythms of Zamunda.

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