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Vic Mensa Taps Afrobeats & Dancehall in His New Single, 'Metaphysical'

Finally.

Victor Kwesi Mensah. What took you so long?

Yes, Vic Mensa just dropped his new single, "Metaphysical," which fuses afrobeats and dancehall in a smooth croon for an unexplainable feeling a woman is giving him. This is sound is definitely different for the Chicago rapper, but it works.

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Ezra Collective at Field Day. Photo: Giles Smith.

You Need to Watch This London Jazz Band Play Fela Kuti

Ezra Collective recently played a special gig as they took on the king of afrobeat's catalog.

Ezra Collective are one of the bright lights coming out of London's flourishing new jazz scene.

The 5-piece outfit—which is made up of drummer Femi Koleoso, bassist TJ Koleoso, keyboardist Joe Armon Jones, trumpet player Dylan Jones, and James Mollison on saxophone—regularly cull from their afrobeat, hip-hop, and reggae influences to create something completely unique.

The group recently played a special gig as part of the Church of Sound series in which their afrobeat influences really showed as they took on the catalog of Fela Kuti.

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Exploring Diddy's Obsession With Fela Kuti

Diddy's been posting about his love for Fela all over the internet.

Great men are obsessed with many things; Their money, the power that comes with it, the endless options they possess to alter and improve their human experience, and above all the feeling of invincibility that wealth and power provides.

But they are also obsessed with one more thing, which interests them more than anything else: Other great men. Great men follow each other, congregate in each other's presence, learn from themselves, make each other their business, and above all, consume their products. The same way Diddy is obsessed with Fela's music.

Diddy loves Fela Anikulakpo Kuti. The pioneer of the afrobeat genre, Fela is regarded as the father of modern Nigerian music, due to elements of his art constituting easy raw materials for today's generation of musicians. He was famous for his political activism during the country's era of military dictatorships, and his the expansive themes of his music preached for black pride, black emancipation, and most importantly black excellence.

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