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Introducing Swedish-Kenyan Singer Beldina Malaika

Singer Beldina Malaika is an exciting talent from Kenya via Sweden. Watch her attention-grabbing new video 'What Can I Say' and her covers of Rihanna and Robyn


If you keep an eye on hot young designers, you may recognize Beldina Malaika as one of the many beautiful Gold Coast Trading models. Although her good looks and legs for days give her great model credentials, Beldina is actually a singer with a supple soprano and an ear for pop. About a year ago she created five 'Coverstories', her reinterpretations of much-loved pop tracks by Robyn, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and Adele. Her mash up of Rihanna's 'We Found Love' with that infectious Dauwd track 'Ikopol' fixed Beldina as one to watch. In 2011 she released her debut EP Best Kept Secret (2011), laid her deftly autotuned vocals over a glitchy track for the single 'Here We Go', and featured on Childish Gambino's track 'Not Going Back'.

She spent the last year on the grind in the studio in LA, and a few days ago released some of the fruits of her labour. 'What Can I Say' is the first single off her debut album, which is set to drop sometime this year. Complaints that the video for her last single 'wasn't sexy or flirtatious enough' (which she addressed on her blog) will find no ground here: the video opens with Beldina on a highway in her thong and bra. She's clearly back and in fine form. Although the track doesn't showcase her vocals as well as some of her earlier music, 'What Can I Say' promises pop hits in the works.

Here's the video + one of those brilliant 'Coverstories' + the first single 'Here We Go'. Follow her on twitter for updates:

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Beldina x Rihanna's 'We Found Love' x Dauwd's 'Ikopol'

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Beldina 'Here We Go'

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'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Our 9 Favorite African Visual Artists of 2018

We look back at the contemporary African visual artists who caught our eye this year.

This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

Feast your eyes on our nine favorite African visual artists of 2018 below.

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Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-made looks off the stage as well.

In an Instagram post today, Queen Bey shared a slideshow of some of the striking outfits she rocked while in South Africa, and gave a shoutout to the designers behind them. "Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," wrote Queen Bey.

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These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

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Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

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