Seun Kuti May Be Collaborating With Yasiin Bey & Nai Palm

The Nigerian afrobeat artist tells OkayAfrica he might have something in the works for an upcoming remix project.

Seun Kuti has just released his latest full-length album, Black Times, which features collaborations with Carlos Santana and Robert Glasper.

"Black Times is like an emotional state of mind," he tells OkayAfrica in an interview about the new record. "[It's] that moment when you understand your history from our own perspective, knowing who you are as a Motherland person in this world today."

In that same interview, Seun revealed another interesting bit of information. He's planning to do a remix album, presumably for Black Times, which will feature collaborations with none-other-than Yasiin Bey and Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote.

"We're planning to have a remix album and they're going to be on that," he mentions in the interview. "It's maybe 80% sure."

A collaboration between the two wouldn't be too far-fetched, as the MC previously joined Seun & Egypt 80 during a live performance in Lagos in 2015.

For his own part, Yasiin Bey has also recently announced a new Black Star album. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for both.

In the meantime, read our full interview with Seun Kuti about his highly-political new album, Black Times.


Angélique Kidjo Wants To "Bring Rock Back To Africa" With Her New Talking Heads Album

The Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer is re-imagining the Talking Heads' classic album, Remain In Light.

When most people think of music originating from the African continent, rock isn't exactly what comes to mind.

But Angélique Kidjo was quick to remind us in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that "rock music came from the blues and thus from Africa." With her newest album, Remain in the Light, Kidjo looks to re-imaging the landmark Talking Heads album, which was widely considered to be one of the top albums of the 1980s and was deeply influenced by Fela Kuti's afrobeat.

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100 Women: Nomzamo Mbatha Wants Black Women to Know That They "Don't Have to Be Polite"

The South African actor, humanitarian and spokesmodel talks her rise to stardom, and letting her voice be heard.

Nomzamo Mbatha is a star—plain and simple.

The South African actor, spokesmodel and humanitarian has carved out a unique path for herself in the industry, and she's inspiring other young black women to do the same, unapologetically.

In our latest video, the 100 women honoree tells us how she discovered her passion for the arts at an early age growing up under the care of her grandmother, and she explains why it's vital that black women cease being "polite" for the sake of others—there's no room for timidity.

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Zubz, Thapelo Mashiane, Melly Mel, Lebo Mochudi and Captain. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Zubz & The Assembly’s New EP Is A Much-Needed Dose Of Positivity

We talk to South African hip-hop artists The Assembly and Zubz about their new collaborative EP, Podcast.

"I don't need to record another song for the rest of my life," says veteran South African rapper Zubz. "So every time I record a song, it's because something has moved me, and made me wanna do it."

So, him working on a 3-track EP with the trio The Assembly—made up of Melly Mel, Captain and Lebo Mochudi—was one of those cases where he was moved. "These dudes, you can tell from their vibe and energy, hip-hop is who they are, not just something they do. It runs in their blood. They make music," he says.

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