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Here Are 5 Incredible Cover Songs That You Need to Hear

We round up 2016's standout covers, featuring remakes of songs by Drake, Rihanna, Wizkid, Frank Ocean and more.

Every year, certain songs become the subject of endless covers, reworks, and remixes. Last year, hotlines were blinging out of control with remix after remix of Drakes smash single.


This year was no different. Countless artists offered their own spins on some of the year’s most popular songs. Once again, there was no shortage of Drake covers, and a couple of Rihanna songs were chosen favorites for remixes as well.

With all these covers to sift through, it can be hard to discern which ones are actually worth checking for, so we’ve put together a short list of some of this year’s standouts.

This Kenyan oldies cover of "Controlla"

Kenyan Youtuber Michelle Bisonga sings Kenyan oldies over the dancehall instrumentation of Drake’s "Controlla" and it is everything. As a bonus, check out this Ethiopian cover of Drake's hit.

Dremo’s Fela-inspired cover of "Panda"

Nigerian rapper Dremo shares a cover of one of the year's most momentous rap songs, Desiigner's "Panda." This song was covered several times—we came across at least 8 Nigerian covers of "Panda"— but this version wins because it features a dope sample of Fela Kuti speaking about the power of music.

LIMBS' cover of Frank Ocean

Experimental indie-pop duo LIMBS gave us a warm, ambient cover of one of the highlights from Frank Ocean's long-awaited album Blonde. You have to be pretty brave to cover a Frank Ocean production, and LIMBS don't disappoint.

Burna Boy covers Rihanna

Burna Boy puts his afro-dancehall imprint on arguably the biggest song of the year, Rih-Rih and Drake's "Work."

VanJess cover Wizkid’s "Final (Baba Nla)" and "One Dance"

Nigerian sisters and long-time cover band, VanJess, deliver a melody-infused mashup of Wizkid's 2015 banger, and Drake's chart-topping afrobeats-inspired hit.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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