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Video: Strut Brings Us 10 African Cuts To Soundtrack Your Summer


As things are heating up for the summer (it's already pretty sweltering here in NYC right now), music seems to become an even more inescapable and vital part of daily existence. We over at STRUT have been getting through this heat with the help of some choice cuts. You hear it coming from windows of passing cars, from your neighbor's backyard, emanating from businesses, street corners, what have you. Somehow the music becomes more evocative with the heat, taking on the power of a familiar aroma to transport you subconsciously to another place or time in your life. The phenomenon of the "summer jam" is built off of this idea; that each summer at least one piece of music emerges that even on later listens will instantly take you back to the sunny afternoons and sweaty late nights spent in its presence. While not all destined for summer jam status, below are the TOP 10 songs that have been soundtracking our summer so far. #1, above, kicks us off with Dan Boadi & The African Nationals – "Money Is The Root Of Evil" (Aestuarium 12”). Check out the rest of our summer jam picks after the jump!

2. The Hygrades - "Somebody’s Gotta Lose Or Win" (from ‘The World Ends’ album) (Soundway)

Be There - Skyf

3. Audio: Skyf - "Be There" (from ‘Next Stop Soweto Vol. 3’ album) (Strut)

4. Etoile De Dakar - "Esta China" (from ‘Once Upon A Time In Senegal’ album) (Stern’s)

5. Ahmed Fakroun - "Nisyan" (Les Edits du Golem Re-Edit) (Les Edits Du Golem 12”)

6. DJ Mujava - "Mugwanti / Sgwejegweje" (from ‘Ayobaness! Album) (Out There)

7. Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou - "Mi Ni Non Kpur" (from 'The Vodoun Effect' album) (Analog Africa)

8. Segun Bucknor - "Smoke" (from ‘Poor Man Get No Brother’ album) (Strut)

9. Dick Khoza - "Chapita" (from ‘Chapita’ album) (Matsuli Music)

Techno Rumba (Uproot Andy Remix) - Chief Boima

10. Audio: Chief Boima - "Techno Rumba" (Uproot Andy remix) (from 'Techno Rumba EP') (Dutty Artz)

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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