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Laura Mvula 'She' + 'Green Garden'

Hear breakout singer Laura Mvula's "She" and "Green Garden." These two spine-tingling singles.


Hear breakout singer Laura Mvula's "She" and "Green Garden." Singer and pianist Laura Mvula was born in the UK and raised with myriad musical influences. Jazz came courtesy of her father, gospel via the church on Sunday and classical music through training in violin and piano from the age of 10. Before emerging as one of the best newcomers of 2012 (she was nominated for BBC Sound of 2013 and the Brit's Critic's Choice Award), she worked as a teacher and receptionist in Birmingham. She studied for four years at the Birmingham Conservertoire, where as well as gaining expertise in composition she acquired the name Mvula from her Zambia-born husband Themba Mvula — she's had the African blogosphere laying claim for a minute, but she's a daughter of the diaspora. Mvula spent a further four years working with legendary a capella group Black Voices, whose intricate approach to harmony winds its way through her work. Her first video, for the impeccable track "She" (below) was shot in the mountains of Montagu, Western Cape by South African director Damian Weilers.

We've already told you that Mvula's going to be huge, but in case you needed any more evidence listen to her new single "Green Garden," which will be released on February 24th. It's more upbeat and playful than the previous offerings, but if you think it sounds a little more produced than "Like the Morning Dew" or Laura Mvula's "She," let her BBC performance of the song prove how well "Green Garden" translates live. Mvula's debut album Sing to the Moon drops on March 4.

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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