Video

Young Fathers' Stripped-Down NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Watch Scottish-Liberian-Nigerian trio Young Fathers' uncharacteristically serene performance of "Am I Not Your Boy" & "Only Child" for NPR.


Scottish-Liberian-Nigerian trio Young Fathers have been on a lengthy tour in support of White Men Are Black Men Too, the follow-up to their Mercury Prize-winning album DeadWhile stateside, band members ‘G’ Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole stopped by NPR to perform a stripped-down Tiny Desk Concert. On these live renditions of "Am I Not Your Boy" and "Only Child," the group rely on a sparse arrangement of vocals, light percussion and a single analog synthesizer for an uncharacteristically serene performance — a departure from the booming beats and rhymes of their live show. Watch Young Fathers play the two songs below and download the audio over at NPR. Catch the band on their remaining UK tour dates listed underneath.

Young Fathers UK Tour Dates

May 22 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

May 23 Knockengorroch, UK – World Ceilidh Festival

May 25 Manchester, UK – Gorilla

May 26 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

May 27 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach

May 28 London, UK – Koko

May 29 Brighton, UK – The Haunt

May 30 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms

Jun 01 Gloucester, UK – Guildhall

Jun 02 Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 2

Jun 03 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds

Jun 04 Stoke-On-Trent, UK – The Sugarmill

Jun 05 Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre

Jun 06 Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy 2

Jun 07 Liverpool, UK – Kazimier

Jun 09 Edinburgh, UK – Central Hall

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Vinegar Pap Smear Saving Women’s Lives In Malawi

This simple diagnostic test is giving hope to thousands of women in Malawi.