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South African Kwaai Diva Umlilo Shares The Striking Video For 'Reciprocity'

South African performance artist and producer Umlilo releases new music video for his electronic 'future kwaai' single 'Reciprocity'.


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Multitalented South African kwaai diva Umlilo has released a fiery new video for "Reciprocity," the third single from the perfomer-producer's sophomore EP Aluta. On the Cutting Gems-produced 'future kwaai' single, Umlilo tells a thought-provoking, genderless love story. "The song explores an idea of an exchange between two people for mutual benefit and privilege but what happens if the feelings of love are reciprocal in a negative way? The same feelings can cause heartache, bitterness, jealousy and the need for revenge” says Umlilo of the fervent trip-hop influenced single.

The sensual music video presents a dramatic and unconventional tale of love and passion that aims to highlight the ups-and-downs of relationships. Director Odendaal Esterhuyse shared his vision for the music video, "I wanted the video to look at the relationship between lovers as well as the duality of love: When it’s good it's like taking a breath of fresh air, but when it’s bad it feels like you’re suffocating." Watch as Umlilo and his dancers give dynamic performances depicting the endless complexities of love in the visuals for "Reciprocity" below. For more from the artist revisit the previous videos for "Chain Gang" and "Magic Man."

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Ras Nebyu Is Washington, D.C.'s 'Uptown Lion Walkin'

We talk to the Ethiopian-American rapper about his new album, his Washington Slizzards crew, and the impact of gentrification on D.C.'s music scene.

Ras Nebyu is caught up in the crowd at Howard University's homecoming tailgate, where he can barely walk a block without shaking hands with another person who he knows. Although he didn't attend Howard University, the campus and the surrounding neighborhood forms as much of a part of his narrative as any student.

The Ethiopian-American rapper hails from uptown Washington, D.C., a neighborhood he uses to inform his latest album, Uptown Lion Walkin, a project that pays homage to his ancestral upbringing, as well as his thoughts on making money, love, happiness, and the government.

There's a twoness to Nebyu's identity that allows him to create from a place of historical-cultural reverence while pushing forward new ideas. He was raised in a Rastafarian household by an Ethiopian dad and African-American mother.

Nebyu doesn't hold much back when he speaks, like his music. He preaches about belonging to his community, gentrification and the diaspora. His work serves as a strong soundboard, for not only his Ethiopian community but D.C. natives.

In 2011, Nebyu co-founded the Washington Slizzards, a collective of Ethiopian creatives in D.C. What started as a joke, tacking on "slizz" to everything, became a buzz-worthy crew. Around the same time as the group's inception, he began releasing music into the world.

Nebyu first ventured into making music as a producer, but soon found it frustrating getting artists to use his beats. He decided to begin experimenting with using his own voice and hasn't slowed down since. OkayAfrica caught up with Nebyu to discuss the new album and growing up uptown.

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Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty, Afro B & Mayorkun Join DJ Neptune On 'Tear Rubber' Remix

Listen to the "All Star Remix" now.

"Tear Rubber," one of the standouts from DJ Neptune's latest album, Greatness, gets a big remix that'll jump start your week.

The track, which originally featured Mayorkun, now gets a massive revisit featuring Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty and Afro B.

All three are potent additions to this laid-back and addictive Young John-produced track which was already getting a lot of spins.

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Listen to Sade's Beautiful New Song—'The Big Unknown'

Sade has graced us with her second single of the year—this time for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, "Widows."

We now have two new Sade songs to shed thug tears to before the end of 2018, y'all.

The queen herself released a lyric video for her new track, "The Big Unknown." This single will be played during the end credits of Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, Widows, which is due to be released in theaters November 16, Highsnobiety reports.

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