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Here’s the Sex-Positive Feminist Anthem of the Year

Batuk’s “Força Força” is the sex-positive feminist video the world needs.

Batuk—the trio of South African producers Spoek Mathambo and Aero Manyelo alongside artist and vocalist Manteiga—are using house music as a means of connecting the diaspora.


Their debut album, Musica de Terra, is a truly pan-African affair with sonic influences that span from afrohouse to soul to zouk, kuduro, deep house, techno and traditional African sounds.

The album opens on an explosive note with “Força Força” (a Portuguese word meaning “power”). One such form of power the lyrics speak to is that of a woman and her sexuality.

“We are not fragile little porcelain dolls, we are strong sexual women who are not afraid of expressing [our] sexuality and desire,” Manteiga writes in an email.

“I find it so strange how men can buy condoms so easily at gas stations, but the minute a woman asks for some durex it creates a chill in the air and it whispers ‘whore,’” the singer shares. “It's a new time—we are pushing for equality. And that means on all fronts. This song is raunchy and demands attention, as does the video.”

Manteiga in Batuk's "Força Força" video.

In the video she’s referring to, the Batuk singer can be seen in a fiery red leather suit cruising around Paris’ 18th arrondissement (district)—a part of town known for an abundance of sex shops and prostitution. She’s absolutely owning her sexuality.

“We shot it in that location because it was so liberating for me to be able to dress that way and not be harassed,” explains Manteiga. “It’s as if any form of sexuality and expression is accepted on that stretch. No one even blinks. It was liberating.”

For Manteiga, it's about liberation and being allowed to be sexy and sexual without being labeled a slut.

“I know that being a feminist has many definitions and sometimes I don't like that term, but the way I understand it is that I am woman and I am equal and I am capable and I have freedom,” she says. “I can write a song about my sexuality and feel strongly about it. I can write a song and express the fact that I'm not a tea-sipping doll but rather a red hot racing fox. It's about liberation and being allowed to be sexy and sexual without being labeled a slut.”

The “Força Força” video is out today. Watch it above. For more from Batuk, read our exclusive track-by-track breakdown from the group on their debut album, Musica de Terra.

Courtesy of Jojo Abot.

Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

A Nigerian Label Is Suing Nas For Not Delivering a Good Verse

M.I and Chocolate City filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court claiming Nas didn't deliver the verse they wanted.

Nigerian star M.I and his label home Chocolate City are suing Queenbridge legend Nasir Jones.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in the New York State Supreme Court, Nas and Mass Appeal Records' Ronnie Goodman are accused of ripping off Chocolate City after they'd paid the rapper $50,000 for the verse.

According to the lawsuit, back in 2013, Nas and Goodman agreed to contribute a verse to a track from M.I. The stipulations were that Nas was supposed to mention "M.I, Chocolate City, Nigeria, Queens, New York—NAS's hometown—, Mandela, Trayvon Martin, and the struggles of Africans and African Americans" in his verse.

Nas did, in fact, deliver a verse but it didn't mention any of the subject matter Chocolate City had asked for.

The Nigerian label requested that the Queens rapper to re-record the verse, which now three year later, has never happened despite them delivering the $50,000 payment. Hence, that's why they're now suing him, they mention.

It's not all fighting words, though, as Chocolate City is very complementary to Nas in the lawsuit calling him "a highly respected lyricist in the music industry" and writing that they wanted a verse from him "because of NAS's exceptional talent as a lyric writer."

Unfortunately that talent and lyricism was no where to be found in the verse they got, in the eyes of Chocolate City and M.I.

Revisit M.I's "Chairman" above.

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5 Things We Learned From the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum

Over 1,300 African entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers attended the 3rd Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos—here are the highlights.

The Nigerian Law School in Lagos, Nigeria, was transformed into a buzzing enclave of substantial conversation, intentional encouragement, and unbeatable energy.

The third Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum was the most inclusive gathering of African experts in business, entrepreneurship and policy, where all 54 African countries were represented with more than 1,300 attendees. These entrepreneurs and thought leaders are innovators across a diverse array of sectors like agriculture, technology, healthcare, fashion and energy/power generation.

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