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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Celebrate 10 Years With 'Libation'

The fourth full length from Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, 'Libation,' is due out March 18th (US) and April 21 (worldwide) via Cumbancha.


Photo by Kisha Bari

As Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars gear up for a world tour kicking off in April, next month the West African legends are set to release their fourth studio album. Libation, a celebration of the band's 10th year anniversary, features a heartwarming range of highlife and reggae-infused tracks with subtle echoes of Afro-Latin rhythms thrown into the mix. In the lead-up to the album's release, a preview stream has been made available (which you can sample below). Mellow acoustic vibes on "Rich But Poor" and playful instrumentation on "Ghana Baby" suggest signs of the All Stars exploring the full breadth of their warm and rounded sound. For now, grab a free download of hip-shaker "Gbaenyama" and stream a preview of the full release below. If you're in NYC look out for the group to join Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara for Africa Now! at The Apollo Theatre on April 5th. Libation is out now in the US and April 21 worldwide via Cumbancha.

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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