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Kanye West's Album Title Has Unintentionally Boosted Burna Boy's 'Ye' Streams & We're Here For It

When the universe comes through.

In case you haven't heard Kanye West released his latest album "Ye" on Friday, and while he's currently number one on iTunes, another artist is also reaping the benefits of his album's release.

Burna Boy has also seen a major increase in streams for the afrobeats anthem "Ye" from his latest album Outside due to folks searching for Kanye's album by the same name and stumbling upon his song instead.

The artist shared a video of him and his friends relishing in the inadvertent success of the song on social media. "Thank YE!!! 😂😭 Numbers up 200% 💰," he wrote as a caption.


It's a glorious mixup, that's totally working out in Burna Boy's favor. We're glad that an even larger audience gets to enjoy the greatness that is "Ye"—a beloved song that many Nigerians want to make the national anthem—no matter how they managed to find it. The song is deserving of all of the hype it's currently receiving.

It seems that unlike Kanye, Burna Boy is earning new listeners based on the quality of his sound, rather than by steering up controversy.









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The 15 Best South African Summer Songs of 2018

These are the hits South Africans will be losing their morals to this December.

In summer, especially the month of December, South Africa becomes something else.

December (or should we say Dezemba) is a lifestyle of some sort, where people forget about their troubles, work… pretty much everything and become shamelessly hedonistic—and we are totally here for that.

But there's nothing that makes Dezemba more memorable than the songs of the summer. It's those songs that are a permanent fixture on every South African's playlist as they take a break from a long and stressful year (2018 has been a lot!).

Below, we list some songs that have potential to be the soundtrack to December in South Africa. Some have already picked up in the past few months, while others are teeming with potential.

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Watch Sipho the Gift's New Music Video for 'Hold Up'

The talented South African MC drops a vibrant visual for his latest single.

Sipho the Gift is the budding South African rapper who is known for his bold and thought-provoking lyricism.

He just released the music video for "Hold Up," his groovy new single.

"It's a song about young love and I wanted that to translate through to the visuals by telling a love story," he tells us.

Shot in Cape Town by Jasyn Howes with the help of VideoCartel, this video captures the subtle joys of youth and romance.

Check out Sipho the Gift's new music video for "Hold Up" below.

You can also watch the music video in full over at iTunes.

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A Film Based on a Novel by Acclaimed Kenyan Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o Is In the Works

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan is developing Ngugi's novel "Matigari" with Kenyan and South African filmmakers.

A novel by Kenya's own Ngugi wa Thiong'o is being adapted to a film, Brittle Paper reports.

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan shared at the Africa Movie Academy Awards that Ngugi's 1987 work, Matigari, is in development with Kenyan and South African filmmakers, who have yet to be revealed.

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