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Video Premiere: Chimurenga Renaissance [Baba Maraire] 'Boom'

Watch a Harare-shot video for Shabazz Palace member Baba Maraire's outspoken love letter to Zimbabwe "Boom."


"Boom" is the first single from Chimurenga Renaissance, a Zimbabwean-centered project from Baba Maraire of Shabazz Palaces. The track's infectious, uplifting beat encapsulates an outspoken and charged love letter from Maraire towards his home nation — one charged with laments on the West co-opting Zimbabwean music and the plundering of lands by Cecil Rhodes. Maraire doesn't shy away from a strong viewpoint on Western wrongdoings (past and present), but he holds on to a message of hope for his native Zimbabwe. Watch the Harare-shot video for "Boom" below and find it on Pungwe LP. For more from the project check out Chief Boima's Pungwe mixtape and the anti-Rhodes visual for "RhodZi." Also, see our Okayafrica TV interview with Baba Maraire.

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B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

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Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

South African rapper Nasty C just released the visuals to "Allow," his collaboration with French Montana. The song is featured on Bad Hair Extensions, the re-release of Bad Hair, the Durban-born rapper's debut album.

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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