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Film: Tough Bond's Difficult Look At Glue Sniffing In Kenya

Watch the trailer for Tough Bond, a new film set in Kenya that takes a difficult look at young people sniffing glue to survive.


Watch the extended trailer for Tough Bond, the heavy new documentary featuring young people from the streets of Nairobi hooked on sniffing glue to survive. The film, made by Village Beat (you may remember them from The Very Best's recent music videos), will premiere at The Berlin International Film Festival on February 13. Our dudes The Very Best and Seye built the original soundtrack to this difficult, yet beautifully orchestrated peek into an urgent issue. We're anticipating taking a closer look at the feature length.

H/T to The Fader for pointing out that Shabazz Palaces used footage from the film in their 2011 video for "Blast It." Watch "Blast It" and stream "Liar," a track by The Very Best and Seye featured in the score below.

SHABAZZ PALACES- "BLAST IT" from Village Beat on Vimeo.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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