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The 5 Best East African Songs of the Month (February)
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The 5 Best East African Songs of the Month (February)

The month of love featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newcomers. Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. Silverstone Barz x Victoria Kimani 'Africana' 23-year-old fast-rising Kenyan rapper/singer SilversTone Barz partnered with Victoria Kimani,to make one of the catchiest tracks released this month. Silverstone's hard-hitting bars coupled with Victoria's vocals on the hook make for an Afropop anthem for the girls. Rayvanny 'Sound from Africa' After several hit songs and amazing consistency over the years, Tanzanian bongo flava star Rayvanny finally dropped his highly anticipated debut album Sound From Africa this month. This new body of work has features from some of Africa's finest artists including Di...
The 20 Best South African Songs of the Month (February)
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The 20 Best South African Songs of the Month (February)

Here are the South African songs and music videos that caught our attention this month. Follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here. Kabza De Small “Sponono” (featuring Wizkid, Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest and Madumane) Amapiano frontrunner Kabza De Small has finally unlocked the music video to one of the many standout songs off of his chart-topping debut album I Am The Piano King: Sweet & Dust. The animated clip for "Sponono" sees the artists perform the song inside a moving train and Madumane (DJ Maphorisa) spinning a Gusheshe. Focalistic & Davido “Ke Star” (Remix) (featuring Vigro Deep) Focalistic is on a mission to take "Pina Tsa Ko Kasi" and amapiano to the world. After spending the past few months performing in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria, the...
The 8 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (February)
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The 8 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (February)

Here are the best, and most noteworthy, Nigerian tracks we had on repeat this month. Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here. Davido 'The Best' ft. Mayorkun DMW boss and Nigerian superstar Davido's cup doesn't seem to run dry. The star has gifted fans with an upbeat, action-packed music video to match the equally energetic "The Best," featuring Mayorkun, off of his much loved third studio album A Better Time. Directed by Dammy Twitch, the fun music video follows a storyline similar to that of childhood fan favorite flick, The Karate Kid. Find out more Mr Eazi 'E Be Mad' Mr Eazi has released his latest EP Something Else. While Mr Eazi describes this project as "the calm before the storm", the multi-talented musician does not disappoint. Something Else follows M...
Here are 11 Oscar-Worthy African Feature Films to Watch
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Here are 11 Oscar-Worthy African Feature Films to Watch

The Oscars are only a few months away. While Tunisia and Ivory Coast were the only African countries to have been shortlisted for the Oscars in the "Best International Feature Film" category, there are a number of African feature films that are certainly Oscar-worthy and a must-watch. Africa is no stranger to the Oscars party having triumphed in this category three times already, starting with 1970 when the Costa-Gavras Algerian-French co-production, Z dazzled the world. The latest win arrived in 2006 with South Africa's crime drama, Tsotsi. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the professional organization that awards the Oscars, put forward, at the beginning of this year, an approved list of ninety-three countries that submitted films eligible for consideration in the "Bes...
Interview: Rexxie Steers His Street Sound Into Mainstream Afropop
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Interview: Rexxie Steers His Street Sound Into Mainstream Afropop

Rexxie has been instrumental in the rise of the zanku sound in popular Nigerian music. As the pioneer and go-to producer for the sound, his infamous producer tag, "Yo, Rexxie pon dis one", can be heard in many infectious zanku-inducing songs that have made the youth of Nigeria (and around the world) show off their leg work. Born Ezeh Chisom Faith in Anambra State, Rexxie played the piano at his father's church as a child. And about 10 years ago, he began his career as a producer, crafting beats for his friends. It was however in 2018 when his name started getting traction, after producing Chinko Ekun's culture-shifting hit "Able God" featuring Lil Kesh and Zlatan. Over the past few years, he has been mostly known for his continuous work with Zlatan and Naira Marley, relationships that s...
Interview: The Awakening of Bas
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Interview: The Awakening of Bas

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice. Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about. We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing a...
Ayra Starr Is Ready to Take Off
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Ayra Starr Is Ready to Take Off

When Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe—now better known as Ayra Starr—was in university, she was often complimented for her vocal skills. "I would just be singing and people would be like you have such a great voice,'' she tells OkayAfrica over a Zoom conversation. Because of this, her friends kept telling her to consider recording covers of songs to share on social media. Ayra refused—not to make the videos, but to post them—because she was shy. Eventually, she allowed her friends to share her covers on their own social media channels. Ayra would try to stay away and not keep track of people's reactions to them, but each time she would fail and end up going to the comments section, she'd be surprised at the overwhelming support. ''The first time I did a cover it was crazy, people just went m...
Loyiso Gola Details His Upcoming Netflix Special in New Interview
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Loyiso Gola Details His Upcoming Netflix Special in New Interview

Accomplished South African comedian Loyiso Gola's Unlearning is coming on Netflix on the 23rd of March. The stand-up comedy special is the seasoned comic's first on the streaming platform. It will also be the first solo stand-up Netflix Special. Gola made his first appearance on Netflix in 2018 on the streaming platform's Comedians of the World series alongside fellow South African comedians Tumi Morake, Loyiso Madinga and Riaad Moosa. Gola recently detailed the special in his GQ South Africa covert story. The special was recorded in one of the country's grandest art galleries, Cape Town's Zeitz MOCAA. He shared his reasons in the interview: "The special communicates grand ideas, which is what art is: an artist uses a framework or method to express an idea. When you read about artwork y...
<div>Master KG Demands Royalties for the Commercial Use of 'Jerusalema' Videos</div>
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Master KG Demands Royalties for the Commercial Use of ‘Jerusalema’ Videos

Master KG has reportedly filed letters of demand pertaining to licence fees for the illegal commercial use of his viral hit single "Jerusalema". This comes after the hit single started a global dance wave under the #JerusalemaChallenge which saw the creation of dance videos from music fans to large brand houses. Warner International, under which Master KG is cosigned, has reportedly sent out letters of demand of royalties to organisations that have allegedly used the single and the dance challenge for brand advertising and promotions. Read: Master KG's 'Jerusalema (Remix)' Reaches Diamond Status in France According to DW, a Warner spokesperson from Warner Germany stated that individuals would not be fined or need to obtain a license to use "Jerusalema" as part of the challenge in German...
<div>AKA Drops Cinematic Visuals for 'Finessin'</div>
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AKA Drops Cinematic Visuals for ‘Finessin’

South African rapper, AKA, has finally released the visuals for his latest single "Finessin". Supamega's latest music video offers crisp and clean visuals with a grand theft auto storyline that will have fans gripped to the screen. The "Finessin" music video is the fourth grand visual spectacle from the rapper's heavy weight album, Bhovamania. Read: AKA's 'Bhovamania' Decoded The music video for "Finessin" is AKA's latest signifier of his high level of craftmanship. The storyline centers AKA as a shady mechanic who dabbles with underground car theft and races. AKA, who executive produced the music for "Finessin", does not hold back and brings high definition cinematic quality to the music video which is over six minutes long. Hip-hop artist, Don Design, also features in the music video....