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Okayafrica's Top 12 Albums of 2012

We highlight our choice album picks of the year, featuring LV, Rodriguez, Spoek Mathambo and more!


2012 was accented by a crop of noteworthy releases from all corners — heavyweight names, underground acts, dark electronic producers and folk crooners all, at one point, held our undivided ears. With our Top 12 Albums of 2012 list we highlight our choice LPs dropped in the past calendar year, including a couple notable reissues. Click through to see them all, listed in no particular order, featuring selections from LV, Janka Nabay, Spoek Mathambo, Michael Kiwanuka, and more!

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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