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Hear Kwesta and Wale's New Song, ‘Spirit’

If you loved "Ngud'," consider "Spirit" a favorite already.

South African rapper Kwesta had a great 2016. His third album DaKAR II went gold, and his single "Ngud" was one of the biggest songs not just in hip-hop, but music at large.

Kwesta is currently working on his fourth album, which will be the last in the DaKAR series.

The rapper announced a few weeks ago that he was working with Tory Lanez and Rick Ross. Last week, he released a snippet of his collaboration with Wale, "Spirit," which is a bit reminiscent of "Ngud." Kwesta raps in the same deep vocal projection as on the hit single, and the song has the same tempo and feel.

We aren't complaining, "Spirit" is really fresh, and is definitely sounding like it might just be another summer hit.

Stream Kwesta and Wale's "Spirit" now below. This track bangs 🔥)🔥)🔥).

Revisit our interview with Kwesta on how he wrote one of the biggest hip-hop song of his generation here, and view our favorite 10 Kwesta songs here.

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Listen to A-Reece’s Surprise EP ‘And I’m Only 21’

A-Reece just dropped an EP on the same date he dropped his albums Paradise and FMTYAY.

Those who have TVs say A-Reece stole the show on the B.E.T Hip-Hop Awards' South African cypher, in which he sparred fellow lyricists Shane Eagle and Nasty C.

As if it was all part of a plan, while the hype for his verse is at its peak, the MC releases a surprise five-track EP. Its title, I'm Only 21, is a reminder that one of the country's most potent lyricists is only 21 years of age.

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Tay Iwar. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem

In a rare interview, the reclusive Nigerian singer and producer talks in-depth about writing and producing his new EP 1997, his forthcoming album Gemini and Nigeria's 'Alté' movement.

Tay Iwar wants some space. The word is the title of one of three songs on his new EP and also one that comes up during our interview, conducted via voice notes and texts on Whatsapp from his base in Abuja—a long way from Lagos which remains Nigeria's music hub.

The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

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After Decades of Erasure, Afro-Peruvians Will Finally be Counted in the National Census

Despite an Afro-Peruvian cultural resurgence not a lot has been done to increase the population's visibility on a political level.

In 2009, Peru became the first Latin American country to issue an official public apology to its afrodescendiente population for centuries of "abuse, exclusion, and discrimination." Since then, many have criticized it as more of a symbolic gesture, especially for its failure to mention slavery. It was also seen as a way for the government to highlight Afro-Peruvian culture over making any substantive improvements to the material conditions of Afro-Peruvian communities.

Enter the census, which can play an important role in compelling the Peruvian government to address systemic inequality related to education, poverty, and health. Unfortunately, the last time Peru made a formal attempt to keep track of its African descended population via the census was in 1940.

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