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Video: Burkina Faso Rap Crew Waga 3000

Watch a video for Burkina Faso rappers Waga 3000's anti-violence track "Voir Sombrer Ses Files."


We've been keeping close tabs on Art Melody — who recently dropped the solid "Yamb Sabaab" — and Joey le Soldat, a Burkinabé rap duo who collaborate together under the Waga 3000 moniker. Their latest single "Voir Sombrer Ses Files" is a reverberating-bass hard hitter, produced by DJ Form, which doubles as a "plea for peace in Africa to prevent violence such as military mutiny that shook Burkina Faso in 2011." Find the track on Waga 3000's self-titled album from last year released by Akwaaba/Tentacule Records and watch the video for "Voir Sombrer Ses Files" below.

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

Interview: Simi Is Taking Risks

Nigerian star Simi talks about the successes & risks of this year, her thoughts on the #EndSARS protests, and how her husband, Adekunle Gold, inspired Restless II.

Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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