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This Is What Adekunle Gold Is Listening to Right Now

The Nigerian singer gives us his personal Artist Playlist.

Adekunle Gold continues to serve us with incredible tracks and videos.

The Nigerian musician followed his outstanding full-length album, About 30, with some highlight singles this year like "Kelegbe Megbe (Know Your Level)" and "Before You Wake Up," a collaboration with his wife Simi.

Ahead of his concerts with us in Washington, D.C. and New York City, Adekunle Gold is sharing his own personal playlist of the tracks he's had on repeat recently. His 18-song Artist Playlist includes the likes of Teni, Zlatan, Burna Boy, Aya Nakamura, Maleek Berry, Walshy Fire, Fireboy DML, Joeboy, Rema and many more.


Adekunle Gold will be taking over the stage with his signature blend of urban highlife and pop-infused songs at New York's Lincoln Center Out of Doors for a FREE SHOW on August 8 and Washington, D.C.'s Howard Theatre on August 9.

RSVP to the NYC concert here and grab tickets to the D.C. show here.

Listen to Adekunle Gold's Artist Playlist below.

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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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