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Here Are The African Artists To Catch At Coachella 2018

13 artists from Africa and its diaspora you should check out at this year's Coachella music festival.

It's that time of the year again. The upcoming Northern hemisphere summer means music festival season is about to start—and it all, as usual, kicks off with Coachella.

On top of the top billed acts like Beyoncé and Eminem there will be plenty of artists from Africa and its diaspora playing at what is arguably the biggest American music festival of the year.

Check out our list of artists to check out at Coachella 2018 below and see the full line-up and set times here.


Wizkid

Of course, the Starboy himself Wizkid will be repping Nigeria and Africa at this year's Coachella, where he's promised to bring several guests out. He tweeted: "We taking that African culture to Coachella this year by the way, and I'm bringing out everybody."

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Black Coffee

South African house DJ/producer and huge star Black Coffee will be holding down the decks this year and getting the party started at the Mojave stage. Having appeared on Drake's More Life, he'll surely be playing to some newer fans while acquiring many more in the process.

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MHD

MHD is the French rapper of Guinean and Senegalese descent who's been leading an "Afro Trap" revolution out of his base in Paris, and getting hundreds of millions of views on Youtube while he's at it.

Ibeyi

French-Cuban duo Ibeyi are mesmerizing. Their music encapsulates Afro-Latino culture and tradition into a united harmony in their latest album, 'Ash.'

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Jidenna

The Chief Jidenna had a big 2017 dropping his highly-anticipated debut album plus the solid EP Boomerang. The Nigerian-American act will be dropping some of those afrobeats-influenced songs from both projects to get the crowds moving.

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Kelela

Kelela's latest album, 'Take Me Apart,' is a sci-fi saga on Black women's sexuality and power. The Ethiopian-American artist creates a moment that is afrofuturistic, progressive and reaffirms the mysticism of black women.

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Moses Sumney

Ghanaian-American singer Moses Sumney's new album 'Aromanticism' wants us to stand still and embrace the absence of romance, instead of falling in love—making it ok to be alone.

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Sudan Archives

Sudan Archives first caught our attention through the electro-folk experimentations heard in her excellent debut EP last year. Her songs are a supremely captivating and unique blend of violin, hazy R&B vocals and hip-hop beats.

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Princess Nokia

A couple years back, Princess Nokia delivered the Afro-Latina anthem we needed with "Brujas." The Afro-Nuyorican MC offers a needed celebration of Latina identity and its rich spiritual heritage.

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Aminé

Aminé is everyone's favorite new rapper. The Ethiopian-American's songs and videos combine a genuinely fresh approach to lyrics with catchy, genre-bending production and a regional accent that's impossible to pin down.

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The Weeknd

Ethiopian-Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd doesn't really need much of an introduction—after all he's one of the three top billed acts this year. Here's to hoping he doesn't (or does?) get into a backstage fight with Wizkid over the Starboy trademark.

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French Montana

Yes, in case you forgot or didn't know, French Montana is Moroccan. The rapper's still riding high from his undeniable smash hit "Unforgettable" and its Ugandan-shot video.

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Wizkid at Gidi Fest 2018. Photo: Tej/Gidi Culture Festival.

The Significance Of Wizkid's Failure To Perform At Coachella

And what consequences this could have for future Nigerian and African music shows abroad.

Nigeria's Wizkid didn't perform at the 2018 edition of the Coachella Valley and Arts Festival. While leading musicians across genres from all parts of the world climbed the stages over two weekends to provide concert-goers a live experience of their art, Starboy was absent. He was booked, his name was announced in the line-up, and two slots, over two weekends were allocated for his set. But he missed his placement due to "his inability to get US visas" for his band members.

Wizkid didn't just miss this chance. Africa did. Due to the significance of the his set at such a global stage, the Afrobeats movement did. Everyone, from creators, through the facilitators of the art, down to the consumers, everyone missed out on a crucial chance to bring our music to a diverse audience, at arguably the biggest music festival in the world. The timing was right. Wizkid, due to strength of his art, and the efficacy of his deals, found himself as the anointed one from Africa to do that.

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The IAAF Says Caster Semenya Must Lower Her Testosterone Levels Or Compete in Longer Distances

A new controversial set of rules will affect Caster Semenya severely.

South African middle-distance athlete Caster Semenya might be forced to compete in longer distance dashes.

This comes after the International Association of Athletics Federation announced that this Thursday it will reveal new rules for athletes with hyperandrogenism (high levels of testosterone in the female body). The rules, according to a report by the Daily MailDaily Mail, will force Semenya to either take medication to reduce her naturally occurring testosterone levels or move to longer-distance events.

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11 South African Hip-Hop Songs About Weed

4/20 Special: Here are 11 South African songs to get high to.

You can't separate hip-hop and weed. Dr. Dre's debut album The Chronic was named after the herb and the likes of Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Quasimoto pretty much made careers off rapping about weed.

The tradition is alive wherever hip-hop exists. In South Africa, weed has been rapped about just as much as the aforementioned artists have. And according to Lord Quas on "America's Most Blunted" from the album Madvillainy, listening to music under the influence of weed makes it sound better.

"Listening to music while stoned is a whole new world. Most cannabis consumers report it second only to sex. And grass will change your musical habits, for the better."

In light of 4/20, we list some South African hip-hop songs, both old and new, about weed. If you're a smoker, these songs could come in handy for you today.

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