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Brand new music released just hours ago by non other than Blitz the Ambassador! A video to match coming soon & we can’t wait!

Good morning, Afrika! Enjoy!

Warri native & soul/reggae star, Nneka speaks briefly on what Bob Marley and his music means to her. See also the two videos below from her 5th studio project, ‘My Fairy Tales’, of which she says ‘I don’t need awards. I know my album is good’. Enjoy! Sources: Nneka & Young Voices.

New music by King Tha aka Thandiswa Mazwai is finally here! The two new tracks have been released to celebrate South Africa’s Human Right’s Day. Listen here!

I implore you – watch & listen to one of Afrobeat’s pioneering fathers, on La Blogothèque’s A Take Away Show series! The Lagos born percussionist, songwriter & composer, Tony Allen, takes you through a blissfully talented 7 minutes of rhythmic wonder! Click play, sit back & listen…

Source: La Blogothèque.

The video for Petit Noir’s most recent visual offering was premiered on The New York Times Magazine website earlier this week. Petit Noir, who has a myriad of successes to his name, including having worked with none other than Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), considers himself to be most proud of having coined the term “Noirwave” to describe Africa’s current influence on global popular culture.

“The term ‘African music’ is so overused, to the point that when some people say it, it just sounds cheesy. Noirwave was always meant to include clothing, art, photography, music obviously — all types of things. It’s taking the Africa that we know, turning it upside down and bringing people a new black. Solange is super Noirwave. So is Beyoncé. Noirwave is pop culture — it’s coming, but right now it’s just boiling.”

‘The Fall’ is a stand out track Petit Noirs ‘The King of Anxiety’ EP, which gives a delightful taste of an album to be released later in the year. The intimate and minimalist video is inspired by Marina Abramovic’s 2010 MoMA performance and features both Petit Noir and his girlfriend, Rochelle Nembhard who co-directed.

“This video shows what a relationship in general is: our attempt to lose selfness and achieve unity. When we fall, we fall together.”

Source: The New York Times Magazine.

Niger’s hugely popular and hardest working trance rockers, Tal National, recently released their second single from their highly anticipated album, Zoy Zoy. The high-tempo track is lead by bandleader and former professional footballer, Hamadal ‘Almeida’ Issoufou Moumine, as he sings about about the Tree of Ténéré – a important cultural landmark that stood alone and resolute in the Ténéré desert. The tree was destroyed some years ago by a truck driver and a metallic sculpture now stands in its place, as a reminder of its important cultural significance to the Tuareg’s salt caravans. The passionate vocals serve as both a reminder and as a telling off. The group’s musical style is is inspired by a mix of Afrobeat, Highlife, Fulani, Hausa, Sonhgai and Tuareg-inspired sounds just to name a few, as can be heard in Zoy Zoy’s first single, Claire.

Tal National are soon to embark on their next international tour – of which the North American dates have been announced.

North American Tour Dates
March 27 Dearborn, MI Arab American National Museum
March 28 London, ON Aeolian Hall
March 29 Toronto, ON Drake Underground
March 31 Elmira, NY Elmira College, Gibson Theatre
April 2 New York, NY Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center
April 3 Marlboro, NY The Falcon
April 4 Hudson, NY Half Moon Hudson
April 7 Burlington, VT Nectar’s
April 8 New Haven, CT Café Nine
April 9 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
April 10 Somerville, MA Johnny D’s
April 11 Portland, ME SPACE Gallery
April 12 Troy, NY Sanctuary For Independent Media
April 15 Ithaca, NY The Haunt
April 17 Washington, DC Tropicalia
April 22 Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor
April 23 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
April 26 Lafayette, LA Festival International de Louisiane
April 28 Austin, TX Sahara Lounge
April 30 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture
May 8 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
May 9 Olympia, WA Olympia Ballroom
May 10 Seattle, WA Barboza

Nigerian heavyweights, Olamide & Wizkid have joined forces once again – this time with top producer, Young John to bring to us ‘Confam Ni’, which is undoubtedly set to be one of the Afrobeat tracks of the season! Enjoy!

Having being shot by police in late 2013, South African rapper, Khuli Chana this week released ‘9 Shots’ in response to his experiences. Rather than being an attack on the police force, Khuli Chana’s team is keen to insist that he views the track as being his

“artistic attempt to visually and sonically express the plethora of emotions he felt as a victim of an accidental shooting that almost ended his life prematurely”.

For further info on the shooting and Khuli Chana’s journey to forgiveness, check out Okayafrica & Okayafrica TV, or simply enjoy his stunning work by clicking play above!

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