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Black Coffee's Music Wasn't "African Enough" For Usher to Collaborate With Him

During a recent interview with Metro FM, South African DJ Black Coffee revealed why a collaboration with Usher didn't happen.

South African DJ, Black Coffee, during a recent interview with Metro FM, revealed that he almost worked with Usher while he was in the US.


The collaboration fell through, though, because Usher felt the song Coffee sent him wasn’t African.

This all happened while the South African DJ was in New York. “While I was in New York, I met up with Usher's manager,” says the DJ. “Obviously, [he said], ‘let's work, let's work, we like the African vibe.’ I’m like, ‘Cool, let’s do it.’

Black Coffee got on the phone with Usher, and told the R&B star he had a song for him already. “I sent the song,” says Coffee. The next day, he got a response from Usher’s manager saying, “No, he thinks the song is a bit too modern, he wanted something African."

“I’m like maybe not,” says Black Coffee with a nonchalant shrug. “I don’t know what Africa is to him, but to me Africa is something different, we're not in the jungle right now, you know. Africa is different, Africa is a totally different place."

"For other people, they still wanna hear the bongos and the congas," he continues, "I’m cool to do that, but only if it fits. For me if I wanna do something with you, this is the vision I have, you know. So, the song might not happen because I'm not African enough.”

Quite disappointing to hear Usher sees Africa that way.

And big ups to Black Coffee for not compromising who he is, as tempting as it could have been.

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The UN Has Lifted Its Sanction on Eritrea After Nine Years

Members voted unanimously on Wednesday to remove a nine year sanction—removing a trade embargo and travel ban.

After nine years, the United Nations has voted unanimously to lift Eritrea's economic sanctions, as a result of the government's attempts to foster friendlier relations with neighboring countries Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti.

The sanction which was put in place in by the UN Security Council in 2009, after the Eritrean government was accused of backing the Somali extremist group al-Shabab—which it denied. The block included an embargo on trade, an asset freeze and travel ban—making the country a "global pariah," reports BBC Africa.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Sade, D'banj x Tiwa Savage, FOKN Bois, Busiswa, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

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Diamond Platnumz & Rayvanny’s 'Mwanza' Has Been Banned In Tanzania

It's been deemed "too vulgar" to be played in the country.

Tanzania's national arts council, Baraza la Sanaa Tanzania (BASATA) has banned Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny's latest single "Mwanza," and slapped the artists with a hefty fine due to its sexual content.

The board has ordered the label Wasafi Records to remove the track from all digital platforms, and it will no longer be played on the radio or in clubs in Tanzania, reports Kahawa Tungu. The popular song has over 2 million views on YouTube.

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