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Watch AKA's New Video For 'Fela In Versace' Featuring Kiddominant

The SA rapper mentioned wanting to "shoot a corny Naija-type video for this one."

South African superstar rapper AKA has released the new video for "Fela In Versace," the clear standout from his latest record Touch My Blood, which dropped earlier this year. AKA has mentioned this will be his last album.

"Fela In Versace," which has been at the #1 spot for 3 consecutive weeks on the Metro FM SABC charts, sees AKA linking up with Nigeria's Kiddominant, who penned the chorus and catchy beat to this track.

As its title implies, the song sees AKA comparing himself to greats like Fela and Madiba, "Fela in Versace, Mandela in a 'Rari," he shouts. The song's boosted by Kiddominant's addictive chorus hook in which, among other things, he boasts of "Doing 240 on Lekki Epe" expressway in Lagos.

During his listening session for Touch My Blood, AKA mentioned he would "shoot a corny Naija-type video for this one," speaking of "Fela In Versace."

For more, read bout how AKA is preserving and reimagining South African classics for young fans.

Watch the Nate Thomas-directed music video for AKA and Kiddominant's "Fela In Versace" below.


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Ras Nebyu Is Washington, D.C.'s 'Uptown Lion Walkin'

We talk to the Ethiopian-American rapper about his new album, his Washington Slizzards crew, and the impact of gentrification on D.C.'s music scene.

Ras Nebyu is caught up in the crowd at Howard University's homecoming tailgate, where he can barely walk a block without shaking hands with another person who he knows. Although he didn't attend Howard University, the campus and the surrounding neighborhood forms as much of a part of his narrative as any student.

The Ethiopian-American rapper hails from uptown Washington, D.C., a neighborhood he uses to inform his latest album, Uptown Lion Walkin, a project that pays homage to his ancestral upbringing, as well as his thoughts on making money, love, happiness, and the government.

There's a twoness to Nebyu's identity that allows him to create from a place of historical-cultural reverence while pushing forward new ideas. He was raised in a Rastafarian household by an Ethiopian dad and African-American mother.

Nebyu doesn't hold much back when he speaks, like his music. He preaches about belonging to his community, gentrification and the diaspora. His work serves as a strong soundboard, for not only his Ethiopian community but D.C. natives.

In 2011, Nebyu co-founded the Washington Slizzards, a collective of Ethiopian creatives in D.C. What started as a joke, tacking on "slizz" to everything, became a buzz-worthy crew. Around the same time as the group's inception, he began releasing music into the world.

Nebyu first ventured into making music as a producer, but soon found it frustrating getting artists to use his beats. He decided to begin experimenting with using his own voice and hasn't slowed down since. OkayAfrica caught up with Nebyu to discuss the new album and growing up uptown.

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Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty, Afro B & Mayorkun Join DJ Neptune On 'Tear Rubber' Remix

Listen to the "All Star Remix" now.

"Tear Rubber," one of the standouts from DJ Neptune's latest album, Greatness, gets a big remix that'll jump start your week.

The track, which originally featured Mayorkun, now gets a massive revisit featuring Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty and Afro B.

All three are potent additions to this laid-back and addictive Young John-produced track which was already getting a lot of spins.

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Listen to Sade's Beautiful New Song—'The Big Unknown'

Sade has graced us with her second single of the year—this time for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, "Widows."

We now have two new Sade songs to shed thug tears to before the end of 2018, y'all.

The queen herself released a lyric video for her new track, "The Big Unknown." This single will be played during the end credits of Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, Widows, which is due to be released in theaters November 16, Highsnobiety reports.

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