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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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Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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