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Odunsi The Engine's Debut Album 'rare.' Is Finally Here—and It's Everything

rare. is a stunning debut from the Nigerian vanguard. It features Davido, Runtown, Santi, Tay Iwar and more.

Odunsi The Engine is the young producer and singer from Lagos who is at the forefront of the burgeoning 'Alté' scene. He represents the new generation of artists in Africa who are shaping their own sounds by drawing inspiration from different cultures, genres and styles.

Finally, after all the teasing, Odunsi has dropped his high-anticipated debut album titled rare. The album is 13 tracks long and includes the infamous "Alté Cruise" as a bonus track.

With its superb blend of afrobeat, funk, 80's R&B; and synth-pop influences, Odunsi makes music you simply can't hate. If anything, this album confirms that Odunsi is an old soul trapped in a millennial's body. He cites artists such as Ralph Tresvant, Sade, Asa, Prince Okotie and Prince as major influences on his journey.

From mainstream stars like Davido and Runtown to new wave sensations like Tay Iwar and Santi, rare. boasts an array of heavyweight features.

Odunsi takes control of his creative vision, aesthetics and musical direction, and in doing so, expands what it means to be an African artist right now.

This is definitely a project you do not want to miss out on.

Slide through your weekend with the groovy and intoxicating sounds of Odunsi The Engine's debut album rare.


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Koko Clay Shares a Bittersweet Love Song to Her Congolese Heritage

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In her latest offering, the London-based artist explores her Congolese heritage over an addictive electro-R&B; beat.

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Originally from France, Koko made waves in the Parisian scene before moving to London to pursue her music career full time.

The self-proclaimed "Nubian Disco Queen" returns with a brand new single titled "Motherland" – a bittersweet love letter to her Congolese heritage. Full of unpredictable twists and turns, the song is a deftly-produced mix of stylish pop, afrobeats, house and gospel inspirations

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Watch Skepta & Julie Adenuga's 3-Part #Homecoming Documentary

The new docu-series, Julie In Lagos, documents the massive #Homecoming events in Nigeria and their impact.

Julie in Lagos follows Beats 1 on-air host Julie Adenuga as she journeys to her parents' homeland of Nigeria to experience 'Homecoming'—a collaborative cultural exchange of music, fashion and football, hosted by Grace Ladoja, Skepta and Greatness Dex.

The series includes scenes from the 'Homecoming' concert with performances from Skepta, Wizkid and Tiwa Savage as well as UK "afroswing" pioneers like J Hus and Not3s.

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