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Watch Bantu's Video for 'I'm Waiting' Featuring Nneka


Bantu became known to the German public as the founder of The Brothers Keepers. His newest album, No Man Stands Alone (Faluma Africa), tells a personal story, and yet it's an experience shared by many. Bantu's story is that of a man who returns to Nigeria, his father's country, where he spent most of his childhood before leaving for Germany. The album features collaborations with the likes of Nneka, Wanlov the Kubolor, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Soundsultan and more.

No Man Stands Alone features a mixture of sounds, including several songs which weave together the increasingly popular mixture of hip-hop with live African instrumentation, synthesizers and programmed drums. "Dem Dey Lie" has a nice reggae vibe with a catchy hook, while Nneka delivers a soulful, catchy hook (as usual) on "I’m Waiting".  Check out the teaser video for "I’m Waiting," above.

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Watch Shane Eagle, Nasty C and A-Reece’s BET Cypher

Shane Eagle, Nasty C and A-Reece's BET cypher is proof that SA hip-hop is in the right hands.

Three of South Africa's most potent young lyricists, Shane Eagle, Nasty C and A-Reece got to showcase their bars in this year's BET Hip Hop Awards. Their cypher, in which they rapped over Lil Wayne's "Banned From TV" instrumental, is proof that SA hip-hop is in the right hands.

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Listen to A-Reece’s Surprise EP ‘And I’m Only 21’

A-Reece just dropped an EP on the same date he dropped his albums Paradise and FMTYAY.

Those who have TVs say A-Reece stole the show on the B.E.T Hip-Hop Awards' South African cypher, in which he sparred fellow lyricists Shane Eagle and Nasty C.

As if it was all part of a plan, while the hype for his verse is at its peak, the MC releases a surprise five-track EP. Its title, I'm Only 21, is a reminder that one of the country's most potent lyricists is only 21 years of age.

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Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem

In a rare interview, the reclusive Nigerian singer and producer talks in-depth about writing and producing his new EP 1997, his forthcoming album Gemini and Nigeria's 'Alté' movement.

Tay Iwar wants some space. The word is the title of one of three songs on his new EP and also one that comes up during our interview, conducted via voice notes and texts on Whatsapp from his base in Abuja—a long way from Lagos which remains Nigeria's music hub.

The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

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