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Watch Allan Kingdom's New Video For 'Mrs Africa'

The buzzing rapper and producer nods back to early '90s and 2000s green screen African music videos in "Mrs Africa," featuring South Africa's Espacio Dios.

You probably already know Allan Kingdom from his releases like Thestand4rd and Lines. If not, you definitely saw him shining on Kanye West's "All Day" and its incredible live debut performance.


The Minnesota-based rapper and producer of South African and Tanzanian background is now here with his new single "Mrs Africa."

The new track, which is built on an mbira-led beat from Don Alfonso, sees Kingdom collaborate with Espacio Dios, a budding 18-year-old South African artist makings waves.

The new music video for "Mrs Africa" plays like a continuation of the aesthetic Kindgom introduced in "Breakfast," his single from earlier this year. In both clips, the rapper presents homemade, DIY-style visuals that nod to the green screen used in African music videos of the '90s and early 2000s.

"'Mrs Africa' was influenced by my background," Allan Kingdom tells OkayAfrica. "It's something that I've always wanted to express. I was raised by my Tanzanian mom and her friends, my first language was Swahili, and I'm finally finding the right way show that in my music. It's a conclusion of my background."

"The earlier stuff I was releasing had more to do with the American version of my sound. Now that I'm older I wanna go back. I feel its important for black people here [in North America] and Africans to have more of a connection. My mom being Tanzanian and my dad being South Africa, I feel like I have a lot of good perspective on that."

In terms of the new video for "Mrs Africa," Kingdom mentions that he's dancing in front of an image of the Union Building in Pretoria. What's he wearing? His designer cousin made that shirt for him in Tanzania a few years ago.

Kindgom also told us how the new song came about: "I met this dope producer while I was in Germany and have been a fan of fellow South African artist Espacio for a while. Thought I'd make a special song dedicated to the most beautiful, powerful, and intelligent women on earth. Yebo!"

Watch the music video for "Mrs Africa" above and stream the full song below.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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